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Windows 7: Clean install over dual boot XP's with Ubuntu

05 Jul 2011   #21
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

BIOS boot try F12.


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05 Jul 2011   #22
Coastalguy

XP Home 32bit, XP Home(2) 32bit, Ubuntu Meerkat 32bit
 
 

theog,

Am I replying out of sequence by doing a Quick Reply. Not sure about your last reply to try F12 Bios Key, has to do with my replies #19 and #20 to gregrocker, asking if he could confirm that the steps I need to do, are correct. On these replies, I did mention that my F8 key is my BBS key that brings up a selectable list of partitions. F12 does nothing.

thanks,
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05 Jul 2011   #23
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Boot up, & at the BIOS screen look at the boottom for list of F key's.
All your hardware is unknown. It would help us.

Can you post your specs.
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05 Jul 2011   #24
gregrocker

 

You should always boot the Installer to install an OS. Boot Win7 DVD with XP/Ubuntu unplugged, install it normally while set first to Boot in BIOS setup.

After install plug back in Ubuntu/XP, tap the F8 key at bootup, choose Ubuntu HD (not partition) to see if it will boot correctly. You can then delete XP.

You may want to delete GRUB which is a topic for an Ubuntu forum since we deal with Win7 here and only see problems with GRUB corruption of Win7.
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05 Jul 2011   #25
Coastalguy

XP Home 32bit, XP Home(2) 32bit, Ubuntu Meerkat 32bit
 
 
BIOS Key

gregrocker,

I tested the F8 key which did bring up a list of selectable drives. When selecting the slave drive (Ununtu & XP(2), I was left with just a blank screen. Rebooted and selected the master drive (Working XP), it took me to GRUB, as does the normal bootup. I assume when I selected the main drive, it just took me to the MBR, which then loaded GRUB, again as it normally does.

It doesn't look like I will be able to load Ubuntu, if I install Win7 which I assume will redo the MBR for just Win7 and the XP on the master drive, removing GRUB.

Did you say that once I have Win7 & XP up on the master drive, that I can install EasyBCD on Win7 and then possibly add GRUB to the MBR? I understand you are a Win7 forum and will check with the Ubuntu forum on this also. Anything else you can add would be appreciated, especially on EasyBCD solutions. If not, no problem... Thanks again,
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06 Jul 2011   #26
oboedad55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You don't have to reinstall Ubuntu. Simply reinstall grub after Windows overwrites the MBR. You can do that from the LiveCD, there are tutorials all over the place. Then boot into Ubuntu, run "sudo update-grub" and it will find your Windows installs.
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06 Jul 2011   #27
Coastalguy

XP Home 32bit, XP Home(2) 32bit, Ubuntu Meerkat 32bit
 
 
Reinstall GRUB

oboedad55,

Thanks, great information. Solves my problem.

Coastalguy,
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06 Jul 2011   #28
oboedad55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Great, glad it helped. I printed out the commands to restore grub so I always have it for these situations.
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06 Jul 2011   #29
Coastalguy

XP Home 32bit, XP Home(2) 32bit, Ubuntu Meerkat 32bit
 
 
Ubuntu Partition to reset Grub

On the steps to reinstall Grub2, it advises to run sudo fdisk -l to find the Ubuntu partition. What I am not sure of is what partition this would be, as I have 3 partitions where Ubuntu is installed:
sdb7 = Swap
sdb8 = Root
sdb9 = Home

Thanks,
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06 Jul 2011   #30
oboedad55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coastalguy View Post
On the steps to reinstall Grub2, it advises to run sudo fdisk -l to find the Ubuntu partition. What I am not sure of is what partition this would be, as I have 3 partitions where Ubuntu is installed:
sdb7 = Swap
sdb8 = Root
sdb9 = Home

Thanks,
The Ubuntu partition in this case would be /dev/sdb8. I'm assuming you have grub installed to /dev/sda which is the first drive? That would be normal. Worst case scenario is it won't boot, meaning grub was not installed on the correct drive, so you just load the liveCD and do it again.
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