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Windows 7: Triple boot machine needs to have XP gone...

17 Jun 2014   #11
gregrocker

 

Linux fans can read those like we read Disk Mgmt. I can't even see the flags - are they color coded?

Nevertheless, the steps I gave you to mark 7 Active + 3 Startup Repairs for moving the boot manager have worked literally thousands of times here, including for Linux users. The shortcut we also use Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD which does the job completely for Win7 drives may not work with Linux although if you want to experiment with it we would be interested in the results. You sound tech-oriented.

You may need to remove Grub to add it back later using Barman's method in Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7 which also has never been reported to fail in years of linking it. Our tutorial for doing the job from bare metal is Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums


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19 Jun 2014   #12
Tinsby

Dual boot Win7 Pro 64 & Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela"
 
 
Just a note of thanks!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Linux fans can read those like we read Disk Mgmt. I can't even see the flags - are they color coded?

Nevertheless, the steps I gave you to mark 7 Active + 3 Startup Repairs for moving the boot manager have worked literally thousands of times here, including for Linux users. The shortcut we also use Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD which does the job completely for Win7 drives may not work with Linux although if you want to experiment with it we would be interested in the results. You sound tech-oriented.

You may need to remove Grub to add it back later using Barman's method in Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7 which also has never been reported to fail in years of linking it. Our tutorial for doing the job from bare metal is Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums
Hi gregrocker,

No the boot flag isn't color coded in GParted, but there is a flags column and the word "boot" is on the XP partition. Sorry that capture is so dark I did it with my digital camera not directly from the screen. Looks better when you enlarge it....

I will be sure to try your method since it seems to work out ok. But I am guessing that it works for a 'normal' install of Linux, mine isn't installed the way most people do it. My Grub is on the same partition that Linux resides on. Normally if you let the installer do it's thing, it immediately wants to install Grub to /sda which is the MBR for Windows. That puts Grub in charge of all the booting for both systems. If Grub becomes corrupted you can't boot to either one, assuming it's a dual boot. My installation prevents that. By installing Grub on the Linux partition, it can't get at the MBR to change it. If my MBR goes south, I can still use Linux or vice versa. Of course for the system to see Linux I have EasyBCD on XP and using the Linux tab I simply added the location on the HD and voila! It works great.

I would suggest anyone wanting to try any of the various Linux versions or 'distros' find a place to d/l it and put it on a disc and run it from a 'live CD' that way you can use it and try it but any changes you make, won't be saved. That way you can see if you like one version better than another......... or maybe none of them Needless to say that it runs slowly from a live CD but it's a great way to try it out. You will have a choice to "Install beside Windows" if you do that, it will install and when you are done with it, just go to Control Panel and remove it like a normal program. May I suggest one other thing? Those wanting to replace XPired with another OS but don't want to buy a new OS for an older machine, should try Lubuntu (not a typo note the "L") this OS is a pared down version of Ubuntu that is great for machines that don't have a lot of RAM or a fast processor, It's interface is very 'Windows like' and if you want to have a secure machine, and not pay for a new OS. Make a live CD and give Lubuntu a try, I run it on my wife's old Dell and it's fine!

You may feel free to delete this information. I didn't want to hijack the post and turn it into a Linux discussion topic, so my apologies!

I am still experimenting with Linux, and by no means will I dump 7 for Ubuntu. It can do a lot but if I want to get some serious work done I immediately boot to 7! There are simply too many things that are proprietary to the MS OS that won't run natively on Linux even if you use a Linux program called Wine, the results of trying to run a windows program are still "iffy!"

Regards and thanks, it's a great forum!

J T
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19 Jun 2014   #13
gregrocker

 

I believe Barmans method in the link would work for Dual Booting your arrangement. You can converse with him in that thread or ask him to look in here. I am not fluent in Linux
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16 Jul 2014   #14
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Hi guys, Have to admit that I'm not really fluent with modern versions of linux or multi boots involving them

my way of working with this layout would be to create a boot partition (system reserved) from within windows 7, this could be done by various methods, but I would use Partition wizard, to create and mark this active. i would then use the windows 7 disk to perform three or more, as needed, boot repairs, to allow the system to boot into windows 7, via the new system reserved partition.

Once this is working reliably I would format the XPired disk partition.

I would then, all from within the Windows 7 install use WUBI to pick up the linux install, if available for the linux distribution, or use Easybcd to add the Linux into the boot sequence, this should work painlessly , as EasyBCD can bypass Grub and write the required native code

Since version 2.2 EasyBCD is a commercial program, but there is a free community edition based on the version 2.1 i still use EasyBCD Community Edition Free Download

Partition wizard free is available here ... Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

this method will give a flexible system for the future, any changes or additions just need to be installed, and pointed to using EasyBCD
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16 Jul 2014   #15
Tinsby

Dual boot Win7 Pro 64 & Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela"
 
 
Unconventional install of Linux on my machine

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Hi guys, Have to admit that I'm not really fluent with modern versions of linux or multi boots involving them

my way of working with this layout would be to create a boot partition (system reserved) from within windows 7, this could be done by various methods, but I would use Partition wizard, to create and mark this active. i would then use the windows 7 disk to perform three or more, as needed, boot repairs, to allow the system to boot into windows 7, via the new system reserved partition.

Once this is working reliably I would format the XPired disk partition.

I would then, all from within the Windows 7 install use WUBI to pick up the linux install, if available for the linux distribution, or use Easybcd to add the Linux into the boot sequence, this should work painlessly , as EasyBCD can bypass Grub and write the required native code

Since version 2.2 EasyBCD is a commercial program, but there is a free community edition based on the version 2.1 i still use EasyBCD Community Edition Free Download

Partition wizard free is available here ... Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

this method will give a flexible system for the future, any changes or additions just need to be installed, and pointed to using EasyBCD
Hello Nigel,

Thanks for your input.

Anyone using the installer for Ubuntu will find that it puts Grub in charge of booting both Windows and Ubuntu. That's fine as long as Grub isn't corrupted or fails. If it does you have neither Windows or Linux. The trick is to put Grub on the "/" (root) where the Linux OS resides. This way if Grub fails you only lose Linux not the whole box. The default install for Grub is a position where it modifies the MBR of Windows, you want to avoid that! Hence the install method that I used. The MBR is intact and still controls Windows and Grub controls Linux.

My thought was to simply move the boot flag using GParted to the windows 7 partition, where there is no MBR and use the install disc as suggested, or Easy BCD, to re-create the MBR. Once it's working, assuming it does then I can get rid of the XPired partition. Currently EasyBCD is handling the boot order from within XPIred.

Note that I do have an Acronis image of the HD so I can fall back on that, if the idea above fails. If there is something that I am missing in my thinking, please advise. I'm sure your method will work but it seems very destructive and requires the use of WUBI which will not allow me to put Grub where it needs to be, for my purposes.

Cheers and thanks from this side,

J T
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20 Jul 2014   #16
Tinsby

Dual boot Win7 Pro 64 & Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela"
 
 

Barman58 et al,

Just to keep you informed, I did make a HD that contained an Acronis image of Win 7 and Ubuntu / Linux. I had to use the install disk as expected to restore 7 to a bootable condition. However, the image of Linux failed to boot, even after installing EasyBCD as I had done in XP on the original HD. Why it failed I have no idea, it appeared that Acronis was finding all the Linux partitions during the backup process.

At this point I'm sure glad I didn't use the original HD with all 3 OS's on it!

For now I will let XPired on the drive, it's not hurting anything and just not use it or deny it web access if I have to use it for an audio program. In the future I will make a new install of 7 and put an image on top of it, and make a new Ubuntu install on that drive.

Thanks to all who replied to my query.

J T
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20 Jul 2014   #17
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Maybe Acronis can't restore Linux partitions correctly ???
Maybe you need to use a different imaging program for Linux ext_ file system partitions ?

From what I see on this Acronis page it seems TI 2014 doesn't support ext_ !
Award-winning PC backup software - Acronis True Image 2014

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21 Jul 2014   #18
Tinsby

Dual boot Win7 Pro 64 & Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela"
 
 

HI DavidW7ncus,

Yes it seems that way. It's just puzzling that when you do a backup of Linux, Acronis shows you the ext4 partitions. But showing is one thing and being able to use them is another.

Thanks,

F Wolf
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21 Jul 2014   #19
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I think that if you need to backup a linux partition with Acronis, you need to use the sector by sector backup, this does not look at format and data but simply reads and writes back the data on a bit by bit basis. this type of "raw" backup can be useful at times but by it's nature is a 100% size copy only, (no Compression), and must be restored in it's entirety
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22 Jul 2014   #20
Tinsby

Dual boot Win7 Pro 64 & Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela"
 
 

Barman58,

Your assumption may well be correct. When I restored the backup I did it sector by sector, BUT, the backup itself was compressed so doing it that way served no purpose! Never thought to make it that way to start. Maybe I will try it that way when I feel I have the time to wait,as you know it takes forever....

Cheers,

J T
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