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Windows 7: multiple operating systems install

03 Feb 2014   #1
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multiple operating systems install

multiple operating systems install

I've given up on XP got lots of old copies i cant use, but own, and new genuine ones u cant buy ???

so i own win 7 ultimate and win 8.1 both 64 bit, but also just down loaded linux mint 16 "petra" xfce

seen as i have to start all again whats the best way to go installing these together ??


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03 Feb 2014   #2
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Are you talking about dual-booting?

My suggestion is to install Windows 7 first as normal. Then install Windows 8 using this tutorial:
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

Then use this tutorial to add the Linux distro:
Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux

It would be safer to install Linux to a separate HDD, or via virtual machine if possible.

You will need to use BIOS, and not UEFI for this setup.
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01 Mar 2014   #3
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Thanks Golden its took sum time but i got back to where i was, ie new win 7 plus win 8.1 wanted to install linux mint 16 to separate hd to G below ..... i got linux on a disc can i just run it install to G?

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01 Mar 2014   #4
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

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can i just run it install to G?
Not unless you intend to install using WUBI -- and that has been discontinued.

Linux needs to be installed to a Linux filesystem, not to an NTFS partition.

To prevent accidental overwrites, I would recommend you do the following:
1) Remove the partition from "G"
2) Disconnect all the drives except the one previously containing "G"
3) Boot from your Mint 16 media and install to the drive
4) Reconnect the other drives -- but CONTINUE to boot from your Mint drive
5) Boot into Mint, open a terminal and enter "sudo update-grub". This will regenerate the GRUB config file and add entries for the other OSs.

When you then reboot, you should be presented with a GRUB menu.
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01 Mar 2014   #5
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

cheers mark will look into what u said ?.... took a while to get where I am, ....... don't realy wanna mess it up again, I read somewhere u can boot into Linux from an iso from BCD 2 shed any light on that ?
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01 Mar 2014   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Dual boot windows 7 and 8.1

Run Linux off a flash drive or cd, no need to install it.
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01 Mar 2014   #7
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

I used WUBI to install Ubutu 12.04 directly to Windows 8 -- but I am using BIOS, not UEFI -- and it works well. I would agree that for most people, booting from a Live Linux distro is the simplest method.

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If you upgraded to Windows 8 and are using BIOS firmware, Wubi does work, but do not enable hybrid-sleep on Windows 8.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide
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