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12 Feb 2011   #1

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Installation of Windows 7 without touching the MBR.

I want to reinstall Windows 7 on my machine but I can't have Windows 7 messing with my MBR. If Windows 7 wipes out my MBR I'm going to be reinstalling Fedora 14 also and that is going to ruin my day. Can this be done?

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12 Feb 2011   #2

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12 Feb 2011   #3

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I tried installing Ubuntu and it failed miserably on my machine. The only release I have been using is Fedora for many reasons. Is it possible to reinstall Windows without wiping out my MBR?
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12 Feb 2011   #4
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Install on separate HD's, boot using BIOS boot order or Boot Manager. This keeps GRUB from corrupting Windows 7, and Windows 7 from overwriting GRUB if you unplug the Ubuntu HD during 7 install.
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12 Feb 2011   #5

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That would be great if I wasn't on a laptop with one hard drive on it. Is it possible to reinstall Windows 7 without wiping the MBR that anyone knows of?

Thank you,
Eric S.
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12 Feb 2011   #6
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I do not think so. I would ask SIW2 who may know if anyone does.

It might work by applying an image of any Windows 7 installation which has been SysPrepped, removing all drivers and activation to start on new hardware. Then reimage to unallocated space and add to GRUB to start it up: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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12 Feb 2011   #7

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If it isn't possible I'd really like it if Microsoft would make it possible. Windows has its place and strong suites but I don't develop on it for a lot of reasons.
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12 Feb 2011   #8

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Tongue in cheek. Lol!!!!
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