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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 over Vista on dual boot with Ubuntu

14 Jan 2012   #1

Vista 64 & Ubuntu
 
 
Installing Windows 7 over Vista on dual boot with Ubuntu

I want to upgrade Vista to Windows 7, but without disturbing my Ubuntu installation, which is dual boot with Vista. I would prefer to do a clean install of Windows 7 over Vista, which has had niggling little issues (I resolve them and new ones appear) ever since I bought the pc. I don't have the recovery discs for Vista (the ones you make when you buy a new system) as they went missing during a major move.

What is the best way to accomplish all the above? Also, from what I understand, a clean installation can be done with an upgrade version of Windows 7 as long as a previous version of Vista or XP is already on the machine? I am not terribly confident when it comes to doing things like this, so would appreciate any help I can get. Thanks.

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15 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Is your Ubuntu installation on a partition on the same hard disk or on a seperate one?
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15 Jan 2012   #3

Vista 64 & Ubuntu
 
 

Ubuntu is in a partition on the same hard disk.
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15 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

One way is to repair your windows mbr.

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Once updated then use the ubuntu live cd to repair grub. Check out the ubuntu site for more ways of repairing grub.
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15 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

Not too sure what the go is with your missing CDs though. You should get more replies though.
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15 Jan 2012   #6
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Can you post a screenshot of your disk management window of the vista installation ?

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If the partitions and flags are known, it is easier to determine which steps are to follow to accomplish your goal.

Another thing, do you use dual boot? If so , what is your bootloader .... bootmgr or grub ? (I like Ubuntu very much, but personally I am against putting MBR and GRUB in a single physical HDD . It causes various troubles sometimes).
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15 Jan 2012   #7

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Another thing, do you use dual boot? If so , what is your bootloader .... bootmgr or grub ? (I like Ubuntu very much, but personally I am against putting MBR and GRUB in a single physical HDD . It causes various troubles sometimes).
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The best way of running Linux with Windows on one Hd drive.

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