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Windows 7: dual boot windows linux

26 Mar 2015   #1
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dual boot windows linux

Hi all currently boot windows 7 ultimate and 8.1 as a duel boot through BCD 2.2 (with win 7 the main boot) hoping to upgrade 8.1 to ten later on this year we see, but also want to add Linux can I just add the grub in bcd and then connect my all ready installed Linuxmint 16 cinnamon hard drive (that's already installed to) to my configuration, or would I be better reformatting that hard drive and using a iso to install to it ... also my Linux is fairly old is there a new one ? u would recomend


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26 Mar 2015   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The latest Mint is 17.1 Rebecca - Editions for Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" - Linux Mint

I would recommend to put Mint into a virtual partition. Messing around with the Grub for the Windows systems is no fun. Here is how.
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26 Mar 2015   #3
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The latest Mint is 17.1 Rebecca - Editions for Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" - Linux Mint

I would recommend to put Mint into a virtual partition. Messing around with the Grub for the Windows systems is no fun. Here is how.
yes thanks will look for mint 17.1 Rebecca, but doing what u say is that what u have to do every time u log on ? want it to be more permanent cheers
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26 Mar 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

A virtual system is just as permanent as a system installed on the iron. I run 7 virtual systems (Windows and Linux) from an external SSD. I can attach that SSD to any of my systems and run them from there. All you need is a VMware Player on all systems. But that is a 3 minute installation.
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26 Mar 2015   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Zorin OS 9 is nicer

Zorin OS - Home

I would disconnect your 7/8.1 drive...

connect the other drive, do a fresh Linux install, reconnect the 7 drive and use the boot menu to boot into the OS you want.

Just for future reference, when you add 10 to your 7 drive it takes over the boot and you will have problems.

It`s all discussed at Ten Forums.

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26 Mar 2015   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nah, Zorin is not nicer than Mint. Zorin is a lot more restrictive and a bit buggy too.
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26 Mar 2015   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Dual booting with Linux might also throw your system clock off when returning to 7 or 10
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28 Mar 2015   #8
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Zorin OS 9 is nicer

Zorin OS - Home

I would disconnect your 7/8.1 drive...

connect the other drive, do a fresh Linux install, reconnect the 7 drive and use the boot menu to boot into the OS you want.

Just for future reference, when you add 10 to your 7 drive it takes over the boot and you will have problems.

It`s all discussed at Ten Forums.

Windows 10 Forums
did this but when I put win 7 back in wouldn't work had to recover ? and reflect wont work now
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28 Mar 2015   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Impossible, you must have done something wrong.

If each OS was installed while the other drive was unplugged, it`s impossible for one to interfere with the other

I have done it many times, successfully.
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28 Mar 2015   #10
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Impossible, you must have done something wrong.

If each OS was installed while the other drive was unplugged, it`s impossible for one to interfere with the other

I have done it many times, successfully.
this is what I always thought but cant be ??? how ells would this of happened, all I did was unplug 7, plug in and reinstall Linux drive, unplug that Linux drive replug in win 7 restart
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