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Windows 7: Dual-booting Windows 7 Ultimate and Linux Mint (or Debian)

09 Jun 2012   #1
Trinty

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Service Pack 1
 
 
Dual-booting Windows 7 Ultimate and Linux Mint (or Debian)

Hello SevenForums, members and great administrators.

First, there is a lot forums and sections , so If posted in incorrect one please move it.

Second,

I want to Dual-boot Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with Linux Mint (or maybe Debian). I know , with Ubuntu is very easy, but I hate it That is because, low driver support , bad name , bad look and much other.

Questions :
1. How to do it ?
2. What I need ?
3. Do I need empty DVD or Windows 7 Installation DVD (because I lost this one) ?

I'm currently using LMint in VM , but I need it on my current machine , Dual-boot with Win7. And I will delete Win8 for this.

Answer when you can.
Thanks in advance.
Trinty


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09 Jun 2012   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Hi Trinity -

Be sure to make a Win7 System Repair Disk for rescue purposes if you dont' have the installer.

GRUB boot loader can corrupt Win7 beyond repair when on the same HD, so be sure to also save externally a Win7 backup image: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

The cleanest method to avoid GRUB corruption of Win7 is given here by our moderator: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7
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09 Jun 2012   #3
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Just install Mint into a Virtual Machine. Both Virtualbox and VMware Player are free. That way you can run both Windows and any flavor of Linux you want along with older version of Windows at the same time. No need to restart to go to the other OS. Best thing since sliced bread.
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10 Jun 2012   #4
Trinty

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Service Pack 1
 
 

First, sorry I didnt have time to answer. I dont have free time in these days , a lot of work and etc.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hi Trinity -

Be sure to make a Win7 System Repair Disk for rescue purposes if you dont' have the installer.

GRUB boot loader can corrupt Win7 beyond repair when on the same HD, so be sure to also save externally a Win7 backup image: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

The cleanest method to avoid GRUB corruption of Win7 is given here by our moderator: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7
What if I want to use Ubuntu and Wubi Installation ? Do I need that System Repair Disk (or Win7 installations) or etc. other ? And can it broke my machine ? I tried Wubi on VM and that work like charm I dont need anything , DVDs , CDs (My burner (or however) dont work.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edwar View Post
Just install Mint into a Virtual Machine. Both Virtualbox and VMware Player are free. That way you can run both Windows and any flavor of Linux you want along with older version of Windows at the same time. No need to restart to go to the other OS. Best thing since sliced bread.
I have it on VM , but I need on my physical machine. There are some reasons.

Please answer soon.
Thanks in advance
Trinty.
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11 Jun 2012   #5
Trinty

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Service Pack 1
 
 

Hello, SevenForums.

First, BUMP ! I know that is forbidden in SF rules , but no one want to answer

Today, I bought 2 DVDs , and on first created Windows 7 Repair DVD (like Greg said). On second I burned bootable Linux Mint 13 (I will get one other Linux DVD from friend , maybe).

I want to install it, today , but some questions before install

1. Because, I need to install GRUB , and that can broke my BOOTMGR , can I and HOW to fix it with System Repair DVD ?
2. I have my 500GB HDD. And on it Windows 7 and will be Linux. Can I install it on my free (green, 90 GB) space and to dont format C: ? How to do it ?

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That is all for now.
Please answer soon , and thanks in advance !
Trinty


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11 Jun 2012   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If you must install Linus onto the same HD with Win7, then boot it's CD to install to the space you made.

Afterwards follow these steps to Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7 so that GRUB doesn't interfere with WIn7.
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15 Jun 2012   #7
Trinty

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Service Pack 1
 
 

Hello.

Sorry , Im in AFK mode for some days and dont have time to answer.

I installed Linux from DVD to my current HDD , and I didnt have any problem. Work like a charm.

Thanks for helping.
Trinty.
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