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Windows 7: Any way to keep GRUB boot loader from over taking windows?

08 Feb 2011   #1
Kevinsilhouette

OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
Any way to keep GRUB boot loader from over taking windows?

Hello! I was wondering if there is any way to keep GRUB boot loader from over taking windows boot loader. Now I know about using the windows CD after install. But, I have a pre-installed version of windows and last time I wanted to take Ubuntu off I had to use recovery discs to restore the boot-loader. Is there any way to keep windows boot loader after installing ubuntu with out having a windows install disc ?


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08 Feb 2011   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Install Ubuntu using Wubi and you won't have issues with the boot loader. It will continue to use the Windows bootloader.
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08 Feb 2011   #3
Kevinsilhouette

OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Install Ubuntu using Wubi and you won't have issues with the boot loader. It will continue to use the Windows bootloader.

See the thing I don't like about wubi is its 30gig set limit is there any way of getting more hard drive space using it ? That's initially why I want to do a real install of Ubuntu. I mean its no big deal to use recovery discs to remove Ubuntu and its Grub boot loader. I was just simply asking if there is a way to recover the boot loader with out having a Windows 7 Install CD for those people with Pre-Installed Windows.
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08 Feb 2011   #4
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can use a program like EasyBCD (Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies) to go ahead and remove the Grub Bootloader and restore the Vista/7 Bootloader.
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08 Feb 2011   #5
Kevinsilhouette

OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darician View Post
You can use a program like EasyBCD (Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies) to go ahead and remove the Grub Bootloader and restore the Vista/7 Bootloader.
So do I just install Linux onto a partion start up windows through GRUB and then start BCD Inside windows and tell it to restore windows Loader?
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08 Feb 2011   #6
smarteyeball

 
 

Yep
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08 Feb 2011   #7
Kevinsilhouette

OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Yep
Thanks Guys. Do you guys create your own partition through windows or from the Ubuntu install thanks =D
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08 Feb 2011   #8
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Usually, I will have either a free partition already set or a free hard drive to install Ubuntu on then I will let Ubuntu handle it as Windows does not natively know how to format a partition for Ubuntu.
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09 Feb 2011   #9
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darician View Post
Usually, I will have either a free partition already set or a free hard drive to install Ubuntu on then I will let Ubuntu handle it as Windows does not natively know how to format a partition for Ubuntu.


Creating a free partition can be done using Gpart from the live cd - but it's arguably easier to create empty/unallocated space for a new partition using Windows Disk Management that Ubuntu can then find and format for it's own ext4 file-system during installation.
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09 Feb 2011   #10
huisinro

windows 7
 
 

You can also use our VBoot to boot Ubuntu from a vhd file, similar to Windows 7 VHD native boot. Pre-installed Ubuntu VHDs are available for downloading here:

Download

vhd is dynamic with capacity of 100G
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