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Windows 7: installing windows 7 on secondary partition

20 Nov 2010   #1
toxicrat2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
installing windows 7 on secondary partition

okay, so i want to dual boot ubuntu and windows 7, i already have ubuntu up and running, and i want to install windows 7 on my secondary partition.

im getting an error saying "setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate existing system partition. see the setup log files for more information"

I have tried installing windows 7 on unallocated space, and ntfs, but to no avail.

here's a pic: http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/4654/dsc00512y.jpg
(incase you're wondering partition 1 is ubuntu 10.10, 2 is where i want windows 7 ans 3 is SWAP space)



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20 Nov 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.



I would suggest you use the free Partition Wizard boot disk to create and format the partition you want to use for Windows 7 as a Primary partition and then use PW to mark that same partition as active, then start the install and just to be sure you have no file system errors use the Windows 7 installer to format the partition again, then finish the install.
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20 Nov 2010   #3
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

hi great advice barefootkid but in the ubuntu forums they say have windows 7 installed first then install ubuntu with wubi
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20 Nov 2010   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Ubuntu needs to be installed last if on same HD so it can corrupt Win7 with GRUB: Where to install ubuntu in my system?

Since you built your own PC, if you can manage another HD it is best to install the OS's on separate HD's to boot via BIOS.

This keeps GRUB from corrupting Win7 as it can do.

Just unplug the other HD during install of the other OS. Then set the preferred to boot first in BIOS setup, use the BIOS boot menu key to boot the other OS.
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20 Nov 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

He already has Linux installed and he would have to start over.
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20 Nov 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Could he not imegae his Linux. I have never done a Linux image, but why not. Anybody done that before?
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20 Nov 2010   #7
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Since you built your own PC, if you can obtain another HD it is best to install the OS's on separate HD's to boot via BIOS boot order and BIOS one-time Boot Menu.

This keeps GRUB from corrupting Win7 as it can do.

Just unplug the other HD when you install a new OS. Then set the preferred to boot first in BIOS setup, use the BIOS boot menu key to boot the other OS.
good advice gregrocker (i learnt the hard way) i install linux distros on there own hdd or ssd from now on. grub is ok but can mess your booting up my kubuntu runs on a 30GB ssd no problem keeping windows 7 out the way it only takes a few seconds to choose your disk to boot from.
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20 Nov 2010   #8
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Could he not imegae his Linux. I have never done a Linux image, but why not. Anybody done that before?
this is worth a read
Clone & Backup your Linux system

Linux System cloning

http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilit...andimage.shtml

because windows 7 is quite a valuable op system i would make it priority first save all my work from ubuntu on a large thumb drive put windows on the drive get it up and running then put ubuntu back with wubi to run alongside it and restore my work to ubuntu.
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20 Nov 2010   #9
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows Ultimate SP1/Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

gregrocker is exactly correct. I am another that learned the hard way. I uninstalled unbutu ( or a derivative therof) and could no longer boot into windows. It installs Grub into the boot sector of windows. Grub is looking for linux, which no longer exists. Therefore you cannot boot into anything. I had to reinstall windows to get rid of it. Do yourself a favor, learn from our mistakes.
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26 Nov 2010   #10
toxicrat2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

i ended up copying my entire ubuntu partition to a usb hard disk, wiping my main hdd, and installing windows on the clean disk. then i copy'd ubuntu back to the main and reinstalled grub

thanks to all the replies.
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