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Windows 7: Windows 7 Reinstall/Restore will affect Linux?

30 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows 7 Reinstall/Restore will affect Linux?

Hello,
I've got Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux on different partitions, so if I were to recover windows 7 by the Advanced Recovery Method restoring to factory condition, would this action delete/affect my precious Ubuntu in any way? Is the restoring applying to that partition or the whole computer? Has anyone done this before?
I guess I could reinstall Linux afterwards if it will be deleted, but I'd prefer not to (recustomizing one operating system is enough ).
Thanks.

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30 Apr 2011   #2

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

I'm pretty sure that would overwrite grub and replace it with Windows boot loader. but you can reinstall grub via a live CD, Have a look here. Hope this helps.

Edit : Also it would be wise to backup your home folder in Ubuntu before trying anything. This would save a lot of time if disaster were to happen.
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01 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply.
Yes I am going to backup the Home Folder for sure.
As for the replacement of GRUB... I don't mind, but are you saying that Ubuntu itself won't be deleted?
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01 May 2011   #4

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

The restore should only take place on the partition that Windows occupies. I personally have never performed the exact operation you are speaking of, but since Ubuntu is on a separate partition it should be left alone.
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02 May 2011   #5

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 12dan4 View Post
Hello,
I've got Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux on different partitions, so if I were to recover windows 7 by the Advanced Recovery Method restoring to factory condition, would this action delete/affect my precious Ubuntu in any way?
Actually ... it might .. just wipe out Ubuntu.

Depends on how they programmed the factory restore to work.

If it just overwrites the Windows 7 partition(s), you'll be OK.

But, if it reformats the hard drive (creating new partitions in the process), it could very well wipe out the Ubuntu partition(s) in the process.
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02 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

What brand computer is this? different OEM's have slightly different factory restore options.
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03 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

This is an HP Pavilion.
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10 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

bump

however, i may just go ahead and do it and post my results for those in the future
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10 May 2011   #9

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That's brave - wouldn't be at all surprised if the restore repartitioned your drive to the exact state as when you got it.
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10 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you.
I'll be restoring sometime this month, so I'll post back my results, whether it deleted Ubuntu or left it untouched.
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