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Windows 7: How to: Dual-boot Linux Debian and Win7RC


06 May 2009   #1

Vista Home Premium 32-bit/ Win7 RC/ Debian Lenny
 
 
How to: Dual-boot Linux Debian and Win7RC

Hello Guys,

I've Linux Debian installed at my workstation. We are not allowed to remove it. But I would like to make the system dual-boot. Debian Lenny is already installed, How can I safely install Win7RC along with the Debian without losing any of the files/system/partition etc.

Thanks & Regards
Mukul


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07 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 -x6
 
 

well get a live CD with a partition editer... .. maybe a knoppix live cd? or minipe live cd? even the freespire CD has gparted (actually works unlike other gparted aps)

You need to find something that will resize a partition...

first defrag your computer in debian,
boot into one of those CD's and go to resize your current partition, make it big enough for Windows 7, and install Windows 7,
than download easybcd or vistabootpro or something.
when your in Windows 7 (because it will get rid of your debian boot option) you can run vistabootpro (my recomendation) and set up the boot. works well

or get a 2nd hard drive and do it that way....

or if you really know linux, restore gnome after the fact, and add Windows 7 onto the boot list
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07 May 2009   #3

Vista Home Premium 32-bit/ Win7 RC/ Debian Lenny
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheTeZ View Post
well get a live CD with a partition editer... .. maybe a knoppix live cd? or minipe live cd? even the freespire CD has gparted (actually works unlike other gparted aps)

You need to find something that will resize a partition...
I don't have a liveCD but i've installed gparted using synaptic.

Quote:
first defrag your computer in debian,
boot into one of those CD's and go to resize your current partition, make it big enough for Windows 7, and install Windows 7,
than download easybcd or vistabootpro or something.
when your in Windows 7 (because it will get rid of your debian boot option) you can run vistabootpro (my recomendation) and set up the boot. works well
Are you sure it's not going to lose my Debian OS. I mean using easybcd/vistabootpro I can get the Debian(initially installed) as well as Windows 7 without changing any config files??

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or if you really know linux, restore gnome after the fact, and add Windows 7 onto the boot list
What do you mean by this? Will vistabootpro/easybcd not restore the Debian automatically?
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17 Feb 2011   #4

7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
dual boot

TeZ:
Just had to respond when I read this. I have been cautioned by an administrator on
forum not to partition for Linux because of incompatibility of Grub to win 7 or maybe its this rather unique HD partitioning on this Toshiba. So is the opposite true with win 7 pre loaded can one install debian. I can resize the partition with gparted


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheTeZ View Post
well get a live CD with a partition editer... .. maybe a knoppix live cd? or minipe live cd? even the freespire CD has gparted (actually works unlike other gparted aps)

You need to find something that will resize a partition...

first defrag your computer in debian,
boot into one of those CD's and go to resize your current partition, make it big enough for Windows 7, and install Windows 7,
than download easybcd or vistabootpro or something.
when your in Windows 7 (because it will get rid of your debian boot option) you can run vistabootpro (my recomendation) and set up the boot. works well

or get a 2nd hard drive and do it that way....

or if you really know linux, restore gnome after the fact, and add Windows 7 onto the boot list


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17 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Have you considered a Virtual Machine instead of dual boot ?? I'm running Ubuntu (Debian based) with both XP and Windows 7 in VMs and it all works just fine. Just install VirtualBox and set up your VMs that way. If you need help, I'm sure you'll find it in a Debian forum since VMs have become rather common it seems.

Also, if you install in a dual boot, you'll have to tamper with a partition, which it sounds like you don't want to do if I read your original post correctly.
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