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Windows 7: Adding Ubuntu to the boot manager


20 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Adding Ubuntu to the boot manager

I want to install Ubuntu to a new partition on one of my hard drives. However, I do not want to install GRUB along with it. I want to be able to keep my Windows boot loader, and add an entry to it referencing the Linux partition. Does anyone know how to do this?

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20 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

The only way I know how is to install GRUB to just the linux partition and then add an entry to the Windows bootloader that would start the GRUB bootloader and thus boot ubuntu
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20 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

How can I install GRUB to just one partition? THe last time I installed Ubuntu, it completely hijacked the boot loader. I had a bear of a time trying to get rid of GRUB. My solution was to unplug my other hard drives and then install it one its own drive. Now I would like to install it on a partition on a hard drive with 2 other OS's on it.
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20 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan King View Post
How can I install GRUB to just one partition? THe last time I installed Ubuntu, it completely hijacked the boot loader. I had a bear of a time trying to get rid of GRUB. My solution was to unplug my other hard drives and then install it one its own drive. Now I would like to install it on a partition on a hard drive with 2 other OS's on it.
When you install Ubuntu...at the last step there is an advanced option where you get to choose where to install GRUB

Just tell it to install to the linux partition...not the HD as a whole
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20 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan King View Post
How can I install GRUB to just one partition? THe last time I installed Ubuntu, it completely hijacked the boot loader. I had a bear of a time trying to get rid of GRUB. My solution was to unplug my other hard drives and then install it one its own drive. Now I would like to install it on a partition on a hard drive with 2 other OS's on it.
When you install Ubuntu...at the last step there is an advanced option where you get to choose where to install GRUB

Just tell it to install to the linux partition...not the HD as a whole
I will try it, but I still do not trust GRUB.
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23 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Okay, I installed Ubuntu, and had it create GRUB on the Ubuntu partition, and it worked fine. Now I need to add an entry in the boot manager for GRUB. I tried using EasyBCD to add the entry, but I have had no luck with the program. It likes to mess up all my entries, forcing me to run a Startup Repair and eventually resorting to using BCD Edit to manually configure the boot loader. I looked through the tutorials for bcdedit, but I have not figured out how to add an entry. Can someone clue me in?
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23 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 32bit upgraded from Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan King View Post
Okay, I installed Ubuntu, and had it create GRUB on the Ubuntu partition, and it worked fine. Now I need to add an entry in the boot manager for GRUB. I tried using EasyBCD to add the entry, but I have had no luck with the program. It likes to mess up all my entries, forcing me to run a Startup Repair and eventually resorting to using BCD Edit to manually configure the boot loader. I looked through the tutorials for bcdedit, but I have not figured out how to add an entry. Can someone clue me in?
here is a tutorial How to Dual Boot Windows 7 and Linux using BCDEdit | iceflatline
You need to copy a file from Grub and place it in the root of C:\and then point bcedit to that file
I am going to do this also in the near future on my Gateway desktop.
My Sony laptop currently dual-boots WinXP and Ubuntu 8.04 using Windows bootloader and the procedure is almost identical.
I used the System Rescue cd. SystemRescueCd | Get SystemRescueCd at SourceForge.net

my laptop bootloader
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24 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Isn't there a way just to add an entry into the BCD?
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24 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 32bit upgraded from Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan King View Post
Isn't there a way just to add an entry into the BCD?
I don't think so. That Grub file needs to be in C:\
I had to do the same thing with my laptop. It's not
difficult.
Maybe you don't have to. Look here:http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Ubuntu
You will need to download EasyBCD:http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
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24 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan King View Post
Isn't there a way just to add an entry into the BCD?
Not in this case because of how your going at it (I think)...

If you had GRUB handle the bootloader than things wouldn't be as complicated (at least from my standpoint)
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