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Dual Boot Windows 7 Linux: Partitioning with Linux disk tools problem

Q: Dual Boot Windows 7 Linux: Partitioning with Linux disk tools problem

Goal: Dual boot Windows 7 and Linux and have an NTFS partition for both OS.

Problem: When creating Logical Partitions with any Linux partition tool(Gparted, cfdisk) the Linux swap and ext 4 partitions shows up on Windows 7 as primary partitions outside of the Extended partition while the NTFS partition shows up inside the Extended partition as logical drive. Disk management shows 5 primary partitions and 1 logical drive inside an extended partition.(As seen in Disk1.jpg attachment) I'm using MBR.(not UEFI)

I can create the partitions in Windows 7 disk management and choose not to format the two logical partitions used for Linux. I can then use the mkswap and mkfs.ext4 command to format the partitions.(See Disk2.jpg attachment)

Why is Windows 7 disk management not showing my partitions correctly when I use a Linux tool to partition the disk? Will this cause any problems with Windows 7? I'm afraid of making Windows 7 unbootable.(although it booted just fine I do plan on using EasyBCD to add an entry to load the grub bootloader for Linux)

If I partition my disk with Windows 7 disk management(as seen in Disk2.jpg) will that cause any problems for Linux?

What is the recommended way to handle this? What are the downsides to each way?

Note: I'm a bit of a linux noob.

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A:Windows/Linux dual boot problem

AFAIK, lilo is a boot loader, Not a partition manager. What you have probably done is set it to boot from a non existant partition as the information you would have entered would have been incorrect. I think you would be looking for a program like partition magic to resize the partitions, then change the relevant information in LILO.

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thanks - garrett

A:windows 7 and linux fedora dual boot with dual drives

Hi garrettchatt and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Are you trying to ask something? There's nothing there.

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I'm using multiple hard drives to install both fedora and w7. I've followed this online tutorial exactly:
Dual-booting Fedora 14 and Windows 7 on a computer with 2 hard drives

The problem I seem to be facing is on the "Add a new Entry Step". His secondary OS partition has a drive letter assigned to it and I do not. I've gone into computer management and have tried to assign a drive letter to either of my secondary OS's hard drive partitions and it will not let me.

Am I missing something? All I need is the boot loader to link to my second hard drive when the second option (OS) is chosen.

A:Dual boot w7 and linux drive letter problem.

Best when using separate HD's to boot via the BIOS, to keep HD's independent and avoid GRUB corruption of Win7.

In your case with two HD's I'd unplug the Win7 Dual Booted HD to install Fedora, set first to boot in BIOS.

After install, plug back in Win7 HD, set preferred HD as first to boot in BIOS, boot other OS HD using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

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After asking someone to help me remove Linux Mint from Windows Vista I now have the following message upon booting up the computer.
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Entering Rescue mode
rub  rescue
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A:Serious problem after trying to remove dual boot Linux Mint

Do you have a Vista Install disk?
Edit: The install disk will let you do a startup repair.

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I want to install linux (any version of it) on my already-win10-installed laptop. But I'm afraid later the driver won't work (e.g. the trackpad won't work, or maybe the keyboard) once I dualboot my laptop with linux.Is it safe to dualboot my laptop with linux? If so, would you please send me a website link with the best walkthrough to make those above happen? Thanks.

A:dual boot windows 10 and linux

Hello Bill468 The HP forum does not support other products / software.But Linux and all the various varieties have a wide community that offers support.You would do best to ask them for help with dual booting. With that said, if you want to test a certain flavor of Linux on your hardware, one way to do so is to create a bootable USB stick with that OS.Here is an example of doing this for Ubuntu...How to create a bootable USB stick on Windows | Ubuntu To be able to make the HP laptop boot from the USB stick, you need to make some changes in the bios. Rapidly tap the F10 key when powering on.Arrow over to System Configuration.Look for Secure boot and disable it.If Legacy is offered, enable it.Save and Exit.The system will ask you to enter a code prior to restart.Enter the code shown. It will not show as you type the numbers and this is normal. Restart the PC again and rapidly tap the F9 key to bring up the boot options list.Now you can select your Linux USB drive and boot it.You can try various versions of Linux this way until you find what you like. Hope that helps. Good luck.

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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

A:dual boot windows linux

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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Is there a tutorial here (I didn't find, so maybe in another place there's a good tutorial?) on how to be able to install both Linux and Windows 10 on my laptop's hard drive?
So that when I restart my laptop I will be able to choose from either Windows 10 or Linux?

I did that once with Windows 7, and I remember I had 2 possibilities: Either to be able to choose through a Linux prompt at the startup, or through a Windows prompt. I tried both options. (It was either doing it via a Microsoft boot manager or via Linux boot manager or something like that, I just can't remember)

Hope it's clear enough

**Edit: I remember there was some sort of Linux boot manager if you install Linux AFTER Windows, and if you then delete Linux completely, you had to repair Windows boot loader (Or it was the other way?i.e installing Windows AFTER Linux and then repairing Windows boot loader?)


A:Dual boot Windows with Linux

Load of guides on web eg

How To Install Ubuntu Linux Alongside Windows 10 (UEFI) Everyday Linux User

Main thing is to install Windows 10 first, then Linux.

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You already posted this in the Linux Forum.

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Hello, Luffy here.

As you've probably noticed, i'm new and i need help.
I really want to dual boot Win8.1 with Kali Linux. ~ 64 bit.

I'm having a lot of doubts about it. A lot of people write that their Win8.1 system got, excuse my language, ****ed up. They say it's because of OEM/UEFI & so forth.

I'm unfortunately not so experienced with dual booting so i wouldn't really know what to do. Could anyone please help me clarify all of this? What's the problem with Win8.1 & Linux, what do i need to do in order to install it succesfully without errors?

Thanks in advance to everyone.

A:I cannot dual boot Windows 8.1 with any Linux distro


Kali document regarding dual booting:

Dual Boot Kali with Windows | Kali Linux Official Documentation

This might help: (screenshots are not in english)

Dual Boot Ubuntu and Windows 8 UEFI | eLab Hackerspace [EN]

some general help guides on dual booting Windows:

Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with


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Answer Match 102.9% to have two hard drives; one for Linux and one for Windows. With SATA connections, GRUB detects both drives, it makes Linux the default drive, of course, but you can change the boot default in Linux's menu.lst, if you want.

Two separate hard disks, one for each OS, isn't everyone's cup of coffee, but with hard drives being as inexpensive as they are now, why not? Maybe it's my obsessive-compulsiveness that makes me want to have one drive for just one OS, but I really like the way it works out.

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So I'm trying Fedora. It's installed on a separate hard drive then my XP and 7, but I would like to know the way to get Fedora in my Dual boot screen while keeping Windows in control. Could anyone help ? All I could find was way to let fedora handle it.

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A:Dual boot windows 7/linux (Fedora)

I notice EasyBCD 2.0 beta has a Linux tab on its Add/Remove tab.

It works wonders with Windows dual boots, so I'd give it a try.

You have to do a quick registration to use the beta.

Post back for more help or with results so others can benefit.

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I'm a newbie in Windows 8, linux, Partition....

I would like to use my new laptop with windows 8 pre-installed to the following:

Create a Dual Boot Windows 8 / Ubuntu
Create on my C drive (unique drive on my laptop):

*a partition for the system
*one for Windows 8
*one for Data and
*last one for Ubuntu OS

My aim is :

-to install VmWare on Windows 8 and run Checkpoint Splat with virtual machines to perform CCSA labs.

to install GNS3 on Ubuntu for CCNP labs but with GNS3 accessing files in the Data partition

I have a Toshiba Satellite with 750Gb and 8 Go RAM.

According to you what's the best size for my partitions?
Is there a better way to partition my C drive regarding my aim?

Best Regards

***I don't know if it's the right section, sorry for that. Feel free to move this thread in the appropriate section***

A:How to best partition the HDD for dual boot: Windows 8 & Linux

I think the partitions size depends on the further software you want to use and install.
So if you have a lot of software which is running under Windows system I would recommend choosing a bigger size for Win 8 partition.

However, since you?ve got a 750GB HDD, you could take 200GB for Win 8, 100GB for Linux and the rest of the HDD size you could use for Data.

By the way: I found nice YouTube video how to create a dual boot using Win 8 and Linux


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Not sure if this should go Linux forums or here so I decided to try both
What I have here is a brand new machine with two empty hard disks, one ssd and another regular one.
Now, I would like to install windows 8 (+ most used programs) on the ssd and Mint (+ other linux stuff) on the regular disk.
This regular disk should also be divided, giving linux around 20gb (ext4) and leave the rest for windows (ReFS, ntfs or whatever it that windows 8 is using).
I would also prefer to have the system boot to Windows by default.
What would be the easiest way to accomplish this?


A:Dual boot | Windows 8 on ssd and Linux Mint on hdd

I did something similar... well I had Win7 installed first then I installed Ubuntu Linux and it became the secondary OS.
Windows first then Linux .. that should get it done. HTH

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I am very new to windows 8 (8.1) but this is undefensible .
I was trying to install Ubuntu alongside my windows 8 install when I accidentally
wiped out my entire windows 8 install.
I am using an acer aspire laptop

Does anyone have any ideas about how I might reinstall windows 8

Thanking you in advance

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I am using an acer aspire laptop

Is this a Acer OEM manufacturer's PC with Pre-installed Windows 8?

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Well, hello back! I have been using Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, since the last time I visited the forums but now I want to dual boot with Windows 7....

I have just Mint 8 (based on Ubuntu 9.10) installed on my laptop (nothing else), and I if I wanted to dual boot with Windows 7, how would I do it?
I've read guides and stuff but they're sometimes outdated, and I know I could use VirtualBox to run Windows 7 but I want to dual-boot.

A:How to dual boot Linux Mint and Windows 7?

Quote: Originally Posted by bp96

Well, hello back! I have been using Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, since the last time I visited the forums but now I want to dual boot with Windows 7....

I have just Mint 8 (based on Ubuntu 9.10) installed on my laptop (nothing else), and I if I wanted to dual boot with Windows 7, how would I do it?
I've read guides and stuff but they're sometimes outdated, and I know I could use VirtualBox to run Windows 7 but I want to dual-boot.

See if this helps you out,

Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu

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Hello friends,

I would like to install Linux Ubuntu on my laptop alongside Windows using dual boot.
However, people keep telling me that it is not a good idea this to be done on a laptop because of driver comparability and stuff like that.

So is it OK if dual boot Ubuntu and Windows on a laptop or it is a terrible idea?

Best Regards

A:Dual boot Windows and Linux Ubuntu

I'm against multi-booting of any kind. I believe in keeping it simple, so if you want to play around with Ubuntu, especially if you are worried about compatibility, virtualize it. It's 100% compatible with VirtualBox.

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Hey all,

I had a problem in my dell800 laptop , which dual boot system (XP and Linux), I did use the BOOTMAGIC and it works fine untill last week.

It didnot able to boot and gave me an error message missing BOOTMaGIC .IMG , and it turns out to be boot in DE (DELL utility) programs over over again, nver let me back to ntfs window xp.

I donot have BOOTMAGIC now with me too, so doesnot know how to reinstall that.

As far as I know my system is not corrupted , may be one or two files may be. I have more valuable data and dont know have any external hard disk to back up.

I want to know how can I set the boot to ntfs and recover the system without losing datas, I am not very good in windows adminstration either.

I did tried BART PE to boot in XP , but didnot help , I could not able to see all the files in ntfs and it show me the file in FAT not in ntfs.

I dont have floppy drive for boot from floppy either, just CD drive.

I really appreciate any suggestion from the experts here.

thanks a lot....

any help ?

A:dual boot problem (XP and linux) Boot Magic

v2010 said:

Hey all,

I had a problem in my dell800 laptop , which dual boot system (XP and Linux), I did use the BOOTMAGIC and it works fine untill last week.

It didnot able to boot and gave me an error message missing BOOTMaGIC .IMG , and it turns out to be boot in DE (DELL utility) programs over over again, nver let me back to ntfs window xp.

I donot have BOOTMAGIC now with me too, so doesnot know how to reinstall that.

As far as I know my system is not corrupted , may be one or two files may be. I have more valuable data and dont know have any external hard disk to back up.

I want to know how can I set the boot to ntfs and recover the system without losing datas, I am not very good in windows adminstration either.

I did tried BART PE to boot in XP , but didnot help , I could not able to see all the files in ntfs and it show me the file in FAT not in ntfs.

I dont have floppy drive for boot from floppy either, just CD drive.

I really appreciate any suggestion from the experts here.

thanks a lot....

any help ?
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Hi v2010,

Welcome to TSG!

If you know whether the dual-boot scheme is implemented with the Grub boot loader there may be a way with a Linux Live CD (e.g. Ubuntu or Knoppix - do you know? Also, is the dual-boot scheme implemented on one or two disks.

The technique would be to boot up with the Live CD, let's say Ubuntu, and then use the System Administration pull-down menu selecting Disks to bring up the Disk manager. The ide... Read more

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I have a laptop with win 7 professional. I have a 500 gb hdd with four partitions, c,d,e,f. Windows was installed in c.
As i wanted to install linux kali i needed a partition. I used gparted tool in live linux to create a partition 'h' drive of e drive, as mentioned in tutorial for linux dual boot. Then i proceded for hdd installation of it. But when it came to partition whr to install there was no h drive over there. So i quit the installation an booted in windows. Even in windows h drive dint showed up. So i opend partition manager and it showed there as unallocated. So i formated it. And then it showed as a drive in my computer. So i restarted again and proceded with linux installation. And again this time when reached to install on a partition, h drive was missing. This time my f and c drive was also missing. It showed only two drives d and e. And some how e drive had the capaciy of both e and f drive. I closed the installation again and restarted .. and now i am stuck at the boot . Bothing happens. Only a black screen comes with a cursor blincking. Nothing happens after it.
Tried repairing win 7 with dvd, but nothing happened. In windows recovery option there is no os to select.

Kindly help.

A:Help need... Lost boot sector while partitioning for linux kali

Drive letters can change in boot mode, this is normal. Judge the partition by its size and any label you gave.

In this case however if you saw differently sized partitions during the install, something must have gone wrong with your partitioning using the Linux (not Windows) tool.

Now you need help recovering Windows, so let's use Windows tools.

Using Diskpart or Partition Wizard CD as shown in this tutorial confirm that the 100mb System Reserved (if you have it) or Windows 7 (if you don't) is Partition Marked Active.

Then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts.

Next post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image telling us what you'd like to do, and so we can confirm the configuration.

If this fails post back a camera snap of Partition Wizard drive map showing all listings and what you think is installed on each partition.

The best way is here to Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums

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A:is it possible to dual boot windows and linux on a flash drive?

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On boot, I have two menus. The first has options for Windows XP Pro and various Linux distros. If you choose Win, the second menu allows you to choose Windows or DriveClone disc/partition back up and recovery software.

1.Virus attack in Windows.
2.Recovered Windows partition (NTFS, C:) from DriveClone back up.
3.Later I had another virus attack.
4.Decided to increase Windows partition size using Partition Magic since I was going to have to recover anyway. (Increased it from 15 GB to 23 GB using the first Linux (Xandros) partition that I wasn't using any more.)
5)This worked. Everything seemed to be fine.
6)Recovered from back up again. (Used the same back up as before, since I did not do another one after changing the partition size.)
7)When the back up was complete and I rebooted, I got to my first menu OK.
8)When I selected Windows, all I got was a blank screen with a blinking cursor. I did not get to the second menu.
9) I can get into Linux.

Any ideas about how to get my second menu back? Any ideas about how to recover my primary Windows partition? Sorry for the lengthy explanation and thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

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I've setup a dual-boot Windows 7 + LinuxMint13 on a single hard disk. My plan was to use Macrium to image this setup. For the Windows partition, this isn't a problem. For the Linux partition, however, I'm unsure whether a restore of an image of this partition would work, because of my lack of understanding of the relationship between the Windows and GRUB2 bootloaders - let me explain further:

After the initial Windows installation, I used EasyBCD to copy the bootloader to the C: partition, allowing me to remove the 100MB System Reserved partition. I then installed LinuxMint, and again used EasyBCD to add the LinuxMint boot entry. I again used the 'Write MBR' function under the BCD Deployment option in EasyBCD, to ensure the Windows bootloader appears first at bootup. This allows me to select the LinuxMint entry, which in turn chainloads the GRUB2 bootloader, which eventually loads LinuxMint. This works perfectly.

My question is: does the GRUB bootloader reside on the Linux partition, or does it reside on the Windows partition by virtue of the EasyBCD manipulation I have done?

If its the former, than using Macrium to image just the LinuxMint partition will work for me. Can anyone confirm this? Should I also image the Linux Swap partition as part of the LinuxMint partition image?


A:Windows/Linux dual-boot imaging using Macrium

OK. I guess there is only one way to find out then.....bombs away!

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Hey guys;

I have installed Windows XP and Fedora Core 5 linux as dual boot. I use both of them and they both work fine. However, I have given Linux too much disk space, like 15GB, which I believe is way too much, besides I need some extra space for my windows xp. I have tried Partition magic but it can't work with "ext3" partitions. I tried to uninstall Fodora, but when I did, windows xp won't load because it was using the BootLoader by Fedora (which was removed). So I had to install fedora again on 15GB partition. I want to keep Fedora but with less disk space (or partition). How to deal with this problem?

Is there a way to resize "ext3" partition? or Is there a way to uninstall fedora and make my windows XP load up? How to deal with it?

thank you.

A:Fedora Core 5 linux & windows XP dual boot

You probably have an ancient version of Partition Magic. Try something newer.

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I have 3 hard drives on my tower: one 250 gb for data, one with 500 gb for Windows 7(64) and lastly I have one with 80 gb for Windows XP(32). I had installed XP before I installed 7. After installing 7, whenever I powered the machine, it would allow me to choose between "Windows 7" or "an older version of windows" (XP). Perhaps I was not careful nor did I do enough research when I installed 7, but I assumed the hdd with XP would keep its MBR with only one option and a new MBR would be installed on the 500gb hdd allowing me to choose between both.

Now taking this in consideration, and as I had stopped using XP completely, I thought it would be harmless to format the 80gb hdd. I wanted to install Linux. So I installed Ubuntu (10.04) 64bit on the 80gb, assuming that grub2 would be installed there with an entry for Windows 7 (the MBR installed on the 500gb hdd). Things did not go as I'd expect. Not only did grub2 not display any Windows 7 entry, whenever I set the 500gb as first boot hdd, I get an error saying no MBR was found.

Believing that for some reason the MBR in the 500 gb was damaged (or maybe it never existed, perhaps what really happened was that the 80gb XP MBR was edited during 7 install), I inserted the Windows 7 64 bit dvd, accessed repair, dos and ran repair commands I found on the web (not blindly of course). More specifically, "bootsect /nt60 D:" ( MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record ), where D: was the label shown for the 5... Read more

A:MBR not found when booting Windows 7 (Dual-boot with linux)

Try this:

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

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Hey everybody. I'm new here as you can tell. I just had a question about uninstalling Linux too dual boot Windows 8 with Windows 7 instead. I understand how to delete it, I am just having issues as when Linux installed it didn't name the partition, so I'm not sure if I can delete both of the partitions that aren't Windows 7 (I'm not sure why there are 3 on there). I will attach a screen cap so you know what I am referring too. What I would like to do is delete Linux 11.04 (I don't use it anymore), and stretch the partition back to my C: Drive then install Windows 8.

Would it be easier to skip the stretching of Windows 7 and just install Windows 8 in the Linux spot? I'm sorry for all the questions, and thank you in advance if you can help me. Here is a photo of what I was talking about:

- To be honest, I'm not even sure which is Windows 7, I'm just assuming it's C:

Thank you in advance for any help.

A:Dual Boot Question/Delete Linux for Windows 8

I would prefer to format your HDD and start over.

Format C:, create two extended partions as logical drivers. Install Windows 7 on your machine C: and Windows 8 on one of the local drivers (leavin the 3rd for data). This way you can delete Windows 8 or if there is a need to remove it (and there will be a time so do so) you can do it without touching your Win 7 install.

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Hi ,       I just bought a new ideapad 500 am trying to install ubuntu 16.04 Lts alongside preloaded windows 10. I have  tried various options like disabling secure boot / fast boot / fast start up the USB boot just doesn't seem to work , when I try to boot through UEFI firm ware settings -> efi USB boot I get an error message ' USB boot option Not available' . Please suggest if I can achieve Dual boot ability on my ideapad

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About a week ago I updated my video card with the Geforce Experience app but something went wrong and Windows went into low res mode plus Aeros stopped working as well and uninstalling the updates didn't help so I had to do a system restore but it didn't restore properly I've attached the error message but I did a little research and it looks like it has something do with (Linux) Grub interfering with the Windows restore process.
And I haven't noticed anything really odd with Windows except when I run CCleaner it says MS search instead of thumbnails. But how do I ensure next time I restore Windows it be interrupted by Grub should I try a third party system restore app maybe Duplicati?

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Hi everyone,

I was experimenting with Elementary OS when it went a little wonky, just became unresponsive and features had broken. Couldn't really figure out the problem so I just decided to uninstall it. I deleted the partitions that it had been installed on and tried to restart into Windows.

I got a screen much like the one in the attachment below.

I did some searching on my other computer and found out that GRUB is the bootloader for linux and replaces Windows bootloader when you install it. I also found that to restore windows bootloader, you're gonna need a Recovery disk.

So I made a recovery disk using my Windows 8 laptop (Using a Flash Drive), plugged it into my crippled computer, booted from the USB, followed the instructions that I had accumulated from multiple websites explaining what to do.

The specific instructions were to go to the command prompt within the recovery disk and type:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
I also had tried:

bootrec.exe /fixboot
since another site had suggested trying that. They both said that the operation was successful.

I was then told that I should be able to reboot into Windows good as new. Well I can't. I'm still getting the same GRUB rescue screen linked above.

So that's the problem
Here's various bits that may be helpful:

Crippled PC -
Windows 8.1 Pro
250GB SSD - Windows install (NOTE: When trying to reset it gave me the message saying that the drive with Windows installed was locked and that ... Read more

A:Solved: Deleted dual boot Linux - Can't boot windows

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Tried Ubuntu & didn't like it so wanted to remove it completely. After deleting & recovering that portion of (G: ) which is where Ubuntu was installed, I couldn't boot in Windows 7. I was able to use my install disk to load into repair. The OS it found was-

OS -Windows 7
Partition Size - 122,001Mb
Location - (F: )

(F: ) struck me odd as I thought this would be (C: ) I then when to Command promp & used Bootrec.exe /fixmbr enter - then Bootrec.exe /fixboot enter then restarted. The PC booted in Windows 7 & all seems OK but still wondered if the location was correct. I reloaded the install disk as before & when into repair & it still says location as (F: ) which is my backup drive.

OK, my PC boots but shouldn't the location be (C: ) not (F: )? After all, if (F: ) is removed or goes bad I'd have the non-boot issue again, wouldn't I? If so, how do I write it to (C: )

A:Uninstalled Linux OS dual boot with Windows 7 now boot issue.

Dual-booting 2 or more Operating Systems can mess up the drive lettering, especially when 1 or more are uninstalled. If Windows is working properly the only issue will be in assuring program installations point to the drive Windows is on. The earlier versions of Windows such as Win98, WinME, etc., were particular as to the drive or partition they were installed on. Part of the situation may be affected by the newer motherboards and HDDs that use SATA connections instead of the older PATA, SATA has only one drive per socket on the board while PATA have one data cable for each socket and can have one or two drives on each cable.

The easiest/less time-consuming way I've found with such an issue is to backup any user data then boot to a GPARTED CD and wipe the HDDs that have or had an OS installed followed by connecting only one HDD for installing the OS then reconnecting the storage drives. Leaving any of the boot files of a previous OS on an HDD can mess up the boot process, sometimes slows things down when booting.

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I had Fadora Core (I think it was that one) installed on my computer alongside Windows XP, but I recently reinstalled XP and now I can't access Linux because my multi boot menu is gone. How can I fix this? I know that Linux is still installed because Partition Magic shows me all the partitions. Please Help


A:System was set up for dual boot but I reistalled Windows and can't access linux now

When you install Windows, it overwrites your master boot record, whether you want it to or not. Unfortunately, this is where the boot menu is located in which you select which operating system you would like to boot.

In order to get it back, boot up with you Fedora CD in the drive. I'm not too familiar with the Fedora install process, but if it's like most other distributions I've used, you should be able to skip past most of the install process to the point where it installs the boot loader (I believe the default for Fedora is Grub, although it is possible that you chose to use LILO when you initially installed it.. If you used to get a full screen, probably graphical, menu then it is definately grub).

Alternatively, if you can break out to a command line from the install CD (either by selecting a rescue mode at boot or by pressing CTRL-ALT F1 (or F2, F3, etc) once the installer is loaded, you can manually install grub by doing the following:

Type 'grub' at the command prompt.

At the 'grub>' prompt type 'root (hd0,0)' ***
At the next 'grub>' prompt type 'setup (hd0)'
Finally, type 'quit', and reboot, make sure you take the CD out of the drive.

*** hd0,0 assumes that you are installing onto the master drive on the primary IDE controller.

Hope that helps, good luck!


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I recently felt the urge to experiment with Linux and installed Ubuntu Mint and tried to set up dual booting.

However I seem to have only suceeded in preventing Windows booting at all. I cannot get into the recovery drive to undo my wrong doing.

How can I reset the windows boot manager without access to windows or recovery partitions?

Many thanks in advance from a frustrated fool!

A:Dual Boot Linux preventing Windows boot

Hi there
Try this -- although it says W7 the same mechanism works for W8 / W8.1

uninstall - Removing GRUB from windows system after uninstalling Ubuntu from Windows 7 - Ask Ubuntu


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I've got Windows 7 installed and would like to set up a dual boot system with an Ubuntu 9.04. However, I would like to use the Windows 7 boot loader instead of GRUB. How can I do that? Thanks in advance.

A:Linux Dual Boot System Using the Windows 7 Boot MGR

See if this thread from today helps: Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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So for some time now I have had intermittent network issue while booted into Windows 10, ping my gateway (router) fine, ping dns names like, and all work fine. Ping my ISP DNS servers fine however if I attempt web browsing or application updates all fail with no internet access.
I have tried ethernet and wireless both results are the same across two ISP providers Virgin and BT.
If I reboot to Linux and attempt all above I have no issues at all so this is a Windows issue for sure.
I have attempted to investigate this myself and had limited success with Dr Web Cureit! which reported probably DFH.HOST.corrupted but I believed this to be a false positive due to my modification of my host file to limit Windows call home etc.
Note: All has been working fine regardless of host mods
Anyway I allowed Dr Web Cureit! to fix , rebooted and low and behold all worked ok (this is no longer the case).
So I am struggling to identify the cause of this issue and would very much appreciate your help here please. 
(All efforts to correct this myself are now stopped)
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version:07-09-2015
Ran by Charlie (administrator) on CHARLIE-PC (09-09-2015 14:24:53)
Running from N:\
Loaded Profiles: Charlie (Available Profiles: Charlie & DefaultAppPool)
Platform: Windows 10 Pro (X64) Language: English (United King... Read more

A:Windows 10 odd network issue - Linux dual boot works fine

Dear All,
Please do not look into this suspected infection it turned out to be a corrupt .ddl file for my firewall Glasswire that was causing what looked like an infection.
Thanks to FRST tool and viewing the Additional.txt it was starring me right in the eye.
Mods please close

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Hello, I own an HP Envy 15 notebook K112-NL and have considerable difficulty installing Linux Ubuntu and Linux Mint in dual-boot and triple-boot. Both with Secure Boot enabled or disabled, either enabled or disabled legacy, both with fast boot enabled or disabled and also with the default boot from internal CD / DVD ROM, it is impossible to install Linux alongside Windows. I managed for a moment to start the Linux Mint DVD but it is planted to the first screen. I think just by reading other forums, that HP does everything to not allow this operation. Has anyone had the same problem? If yes how he solved it? Thank you. [Google Translation] Original post [Italian]: Buongiorno, posseggo un notebook HP Envy 15 K112-NL e ho notevoli difficoltà ad installare Linux Ubuntu e Linux Mint in dual-boot e triple-boot. Sia con Secure boot abilitato o disabilitato, sia con legacy abilitato o disabilitato, sia con fast boot abilitato o disabilitato e inoltre con l'avvio predefinito da internal CD/DVD ROM, è impossibile installare Linux accanto a Windows. Sono riuscito un attimo a far partire il DVD di Linux Mint ma si è piantato alla prima schermata. Penso proprio, leggendo altri forum, che HP faccia di tutto per non permettere questa operazione. Qualcuno ha avuto il mio stesso problema? Se sì come lo ha risolto? Grazie.

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Was trying to delete Linux from my dual boot and I accidentally the whole Windows 8 boot loader (again). But this time is worse.

I have Linux installed to get the boot loader back. Windows appears in the GRUB boot menu, but it is corrupted and will not boot. When I try to boot from it, it now goes to a "preparing automatic repairs" screen followed by an "attempting repairs" screen. I'm given an "Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC." Then it takes me to the Windows 8 recovery options.

Before it got corrupted, I tried doing a system restore from the recovery options but had to force a shutdown because the restore got stuck and would not end even after 10 hours had passed. That was probably a bad idea.

What should I try next?

A:Borked my Windows/Linux dual boot, Windows won't boot anymore

if you have a windows 8 disk, you can try a startup repair.

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hey I need help. I have two physical HDDs c and d. D had two logical partitions at 40 gig each and C had 120 gig. C had win xp pro and D had mandrake and red hat.

The problem is that I needen more space and so I took off the linux os's from the D drive. I then reformated the disk as a clean ntfs drive that win could see. Now my only problem is that there is a startup screen that says mandrake linus and that still allows me to choose from the os's that are not there. This is very anoying and I can t get rid of it.

Not in boot.ini
cant find in registry
no more linux files that i can find


A:dual boot with linux

Sounds like you have a lilo still written in the master boot record of your hard drive.

Boot from a Windows XP CD, choose to recover instead of install. Choose the recovery console. Log onto your system in the console, and use these commands


reboot and all should be well, post back if its not.

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I have a Lenovo laptop with Windows 10 (upgraded from Windows 8.1), and I'm considering setting it up to dual-boot Linux. I just had a look at the HD with Disk Management, and Lenovo has created 6 partitions (C, D, and 4 hidden partitions). Can I get further help here, or is this a situation where I need to go to Lenovo for advice?

A:dual-boot Linux

Do you need direct hardware access? If not and you just want to run Linux, you can always virtualize it. It's much simpler than worrying about bootloaders.

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Intend to buy or build a W8 machine. I would like access to my XP programs and data while I gradually install the programs on the W8 platform. My thought was to move my XP HDD (I have an IDE to SATA adapter) to the W8 machine and have a dual boot capability. I have read several of the threads in this forum on this subject but all seem to involve installing XP. Can anyone comment on feasibility and any how-to details? Thanks

A:Dual boot XP/W8 and maybe Linux

As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI/BIOS firmware.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Help Forums
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

For more info on uEFI:
Windows and GPT FAQ
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
UEFI Firmware
Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS, Advantech(EN) - YouTube
Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart
Win XP will not install on a UEFI set up.

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1) I fear Win7 will no longer be maintained by MS once W10 starts costing $$.
2) I have both, WIN7 (no touch 64bit) and Win8 (with touch 32bit) on 2 computers. I did not like the initial W8 installation requiring a connected MS account and continuous internet connection to use computer. I don't like spies.
3) In view of this situation I am considering Ubuntu Linux version as a second O/S as dual boot.
4) I can not eliminate MS Win, too many of my works requires this MS O/S.

In what order should I do the changes? Pitfalls?
I am fairly experiences and can follow good exact instructions. I try to keep away from Registry.


5) My friend has computer W7. Can not install. Can I remotely install Win10 using Teamviewer 10?
If required I can ask this in a new thread, it makes only sense if it can be done at all.

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im trying to dual boot xp and rh9. after the install i get the loader and no matter which i pick it hangs. if i do lilo i get a boot: prompt. how do i get to the shell to edit the lilo.conf file. if you know email me at [email protected]

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Hi - here's the situation. Computer originally had one HD (C drive)with Linux and NT4 on separate partitions. Both were accessible via LILO (which i dont know anything about, except for seeing the LILO boot loader message). I later added a second HD (D drive) with XP. Since this time, i cannot access Linux.

- the machine now loads using the boot.ini on the C drive. from there i can get to either NT4 or XP
- i read about creating a linux.bin file, but cant get into linux. i tried booting off the Red Hat CD (version 6.2) and using the Red Hat rescue mode to do so, but wasnt able to create anything valid with dd if=/dev/hda of=/mnt/floppy/linux.bin bs=512 count=1 (there are no hda partitions in the dev directory - maybe because it was using what was on the linux CD, not the hard drive?)

Basically i'd like to be able to add linux to the boot.ini and have it work, but am stuck. Any suggestions most appreciated. i can re-install Linux to the D drive, it has space, but i dont want to risk losing access to XP.. and it seems this should work, since Linux -was- there and working prior to installing XP.

This is my first post here - if it would go better in the LINUX section, please feel free to move it to there.
thanks much--

A:Dual boot with Linux on sep. HD

Anytime I've installed a dual boot M$ and Linux mix I've had to install Linux second and use either LILO or GRUB for boot order. What happens if you take out the new hard drive with XP on it?

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I tried to dual boot XP and Ubuntu linux. however when I installed Linux and tried to boot, it said GRUB loading and then ERROR 21. I also can't boot into XP anymore. how do I boot into any of the operating systems?

I have two harddrives, one I think I left alone, and the other I think I put linux on, but I have absolutely no idea how I partitioned the drives.

I would like to have a small partition of 10-15 GB for linux, but I don't mind just dropping the whole linux Idea and just going with XP which is my main OS.

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I have a system that has Windows XP and SUSE Linux on it. The only problem is i can not get it to boot into anything other than linux. Help please.

A:XP/Linux Dual Boot

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Ideally I am looking for the situation where I can create a VHD from a Linux ISO, boot it, then install additional packages and change settings etc.. I'm not interested in a Live CD scenario.

I have Windows 8.0 "home" or whatever they preload on Laptops. So far the only OS ISO I have successfully booted has been Windows 2012 Server R2. Kind of unwieldy on a Laptop. I tried Windows 7 Pro x64 but it hung on Starting Windows.

So I'm thinking Linux might run a bit snappier if I can find one that does UEFI boot(with secure boot disabled) and runs from a VHD. I have installed several Linux as VMWare Player VMs. But they were too slow to use on this Laptop. If I could boot directly to VHD it might be feasible to actually use the OS. At least I would get some idea how it would work if I put it on the metal. I only have this Laptop and since GPT and all this UEFI stuff is new to me I don't want to do a real dual boot and risk hosing my system.

A:Dual boot Linux from VHD?


Almost all newer Linux ditros supports UEFI and SecureBoot. Simply shrink the OS partition via "Disk Management" and install Linux to the newly created empty space. I would recommend Linux Mint which is an upgrade of Ubuntu.

Main Page - Linux Mint

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I am installing Linux as my second os and I just want to make sure I won't have any problems with my Raid 1 drives.

Should I leave the linux default installation run its course or do I need to do a custom installation? I am new to Linux, I just want to see what its like compared to windows xp pro.

A:Dual boot XP pro with Linux SUSE 10.1

By the way. I am installing it on a USB drive formatted as FAT32

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I am running windows vista and have linux on an external disk. I wish to delete and reformat the external disk but the windows os cannot see the disk. Can anyone help with this. Thanks.

A:Dual boot linux and vista

Boot your PC with a Live distro CD or Gparted. make sure that the external drive is ON while you boot it with the Live CD. Then you will be able to reformat the external drive while the Live CD is running on you PC.

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Could someone give suggestions on best distro to install on a G4 emac?
Thanks for any replies.

A:Dual Boot Linux on an emac

I believe the G4 eMac is a PPC based machine, not an Intel.

Google for Bootcamp on Mac OS X

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Is it possible to make my system into a dual booting XP home/ Linux system I have 30 gigs free, 512RAM.

I don't know much about Linux but would like to learn and I'm just seeing if one can even set up a dual boot system.
Thanks in advance!

A:Dual boot XP/Linux system???

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I am trying to instaall Linux onto my one PC which has Windows Media Centre on it.

This machines Pentium 4, 2 GB RAM

every time I try to intall Linux Live

the screen loads I hit English then 2nd option "Install Linux - then freezes right away as in progress bar goes back and forth only a few time. then I get these wierd erros see attached.

I am told I can use VirtualBox but I have no idea how to run it - I set it up but that is about it.

Can anyone please help me please


A:Help installing Linux / dual boot

IO errors and squashFS errors. Which distro is this? I assume it's a livecd, is it Ubuntu or similar? This is a known problem with LiveCDs and is usually down to an incompatible optical drive/BIOS - there are some workarounds but it does not always work.

First ensure that you haven't got a defective disc and run the CD check from the boot splash screen. If the disc is defective try burning it again at a slower speed. If after trying the above, you're sure the disc is fine, see below:

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Has anyone successfully gotten an R13 to dual boot with linux? I've been able to boot from a USB drive and install Kubuntu 15.10 to the SSD but it just reboots up in Windows 10 without showing a grub menu.  Changes to the BIOS boot order don't help. Secure boot and fast boot are turned off. Mike

A:R13 (R7-371T) dual boot with Linux

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I'm going to install these two operating systems on a single hard drive and want to know the best way to go about doing it with the least amount of problems. I'll be using Red Hat Linux 7.0. Which one should I install first? Do you know of any problems that I should anticipate? Any help would be great. Thanks.

A:NT 4 Workstation and Linux dual boot help...

There are some good articles on dual booting on the net. I'd first look at Reuel's documentation on dual booting:

Also take a search on MS Technet site:

Other considerations:

On my multi-boot system I created a c: partition and installed dos 6.22 on it. I made it big enough too act as the shared swap file for each OS. Then installed NT/2000 first then Linux.

Good Luck!


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I am on a linux computer now, but have just purchased a new HP Envy desktop with windows I installed, I want to load linux mint cinnamon version as a dual boot. I have heard that this is difficult. I tried on the HP Pavilion desktop with Win 7 and could not see a boot screen, only win 7. I now have the HP Envy as stated. I am not sure if I shoud try this or just leave well enough alone. Any comments would be helpful, thanks Kevin

A:Win 8 with linux cinnamin dual-boot?

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I am wanting to dual boot Linux and Windows XP, I have Both a Linux "Debian" installed hard drive, and a Windows XP hard drive. Both will boot the same motherboard, but only with one plugged in at a time. I want to know how to set up the jumpers for the hard drives, and I want to know the best way to get a option to choose which OS gets loaded.. ( I am more a windows guy, so if you answer in Linux please go slowly..



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I have a new Lenovo laptop with OEM Win7 Pro (64bit) -- 1TB HDD
- all I have done so far is charge the battery and booted ... nothing else ... (no updates, no installs ... yet! My 2 year old Toshiba is in bad shape because of my ignorance.
- since joining I have followed various tutes about SandBox, Imaging, Recovery, and Repair without actually doing any of them
- with the new Lenovo I would like to do a planned/considered setup before I start using the new PC
Q: I would like to have Linux Mint on the laptop ... if it is possible ?

Before using the Lenovo ... Are there any do's or dont's with my proposal ?
Lenovo does not have NVidia ... Recently I read Linux does not get along with NVidia
How would I create a partition for Linux and could I use whs's Mint on a stick to install Mint
Is there a risk of sabotaging Win7 if Linux shares the same spinner
I know nothing about dual booting (only that I did manage to boot Linux Mint from a USB stick on a Vista PC)
I have not created either a recovery or rescue disks/discs for Win7 ... yet
Recovery and Rescue discs are for another thread elsewhere in this

I would appreciate any advice for a dual-boot-n00b ... thank you

A:Win7 and dual boot Linux

Start out with Clean Up Factory Bloatware which will turn off all the factory freeloaders that duplicate better versions of Win7 features, while leaving them for you to trial later to decide whether to uninstall. What they dont' need to do is start on Win7's back.

You'll never get native Win7 perfect performance however until you do a Clean Reinstall Windows 7 which has been used by over 1.5 million consumers without a single complaint. It compiles a perfect install which will stay that way as long as you stick with only the tools and methods given.

As to Linux, to add it optimally follow Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7. If you're planning to reinstall Win7 at the same time then start from scratch following Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums

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Hello all
I want to install linux along with windows 7 on my Dell studio 15. For this as i have read on the threads that C: drive needs to be shrunk as it is the active partition . And for linux at least 10 GB should be kept as unallocated space . But when i tried to shrink my C: drive then the available space for shrinking is shown to be just 39 MB which is highly insufficient . So , please suggest how to increase this size and install linux on my PC .

Any suggestions are most welcome !!
Thanks in anticipation !!

A:How to dual boot windows7 and Linux ?

i would have just pop in the live CD, and use the installer to shrink the space for linux. i shrink or create the partitions inside windows, i let the installer do it, like in ubuntu, it has a slider that you allocate for how much space you want to give for linux, then it creates the needed partition and installs. its that simple!

can you create a screen shot of your disk management to see what u created. right click on computer and choose manage and then click on the disk management on the left.

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My journey into hell began about two months ago when I purchased a new HP laptop computer with Windows 8 preinstalled. The machine was fast, worked great and was cheap. It has a quad core CPU, 8 gigabytes of Ram with AMD Radeon 7640G graphics that can use up to 4 gigabytes for video processing. (512 MB dedicated called discrete graphics). It played everything I threw at it on high settings with great frame rate such as the new Skyrim, Black Ops 2 and Far Cry 3. All for only 400 US dollars. I could not be happier with my purchase... Then I tried to dual boot Linux and the world came crashing down around me.

I knew nothing of UEFI then or Microsoft's requirement of OEM's to use UEFI's Secure Boot feature with Windows 8. Now, I wish I had. Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

UEFI, or EFI is slated to be the replacement for Bios and it's been around for about 20 years. Trouble is, it's buggy and no one wanted to use it. There is good reason why OEM's have dragged their feet for years with this technology. It's still getting the kinks worked out. See here for more: EFI and Linux: the future is here, and it's awful - Matthew Garrett - YouTube

So, I started studying this technology. I found out that what most new consumers have that come shipped with Windows 8 is a bios based system with a UEFI layer implemented, but not always. Some systems have a full UEFI with no Bios and some are UEFI based with a compatibility layer of Bios. Most of the ... Read more

A:Before you Dual Boot - The truth about MS, OEM's & Linux

This UEFI is a scam to protect the territory. All this talk regarding security is nonsense. MS and the OEMs are feeding on each other.

The solution is to run Linux in virtual - e.g. VMware. Works great for me (Zorin) even running it from an external disk attached via USB.

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Ok I have some big problems with my dual boot system. I have Ubuntu 7.04 and Windows XP home edition. My goal is/was to get my hard drive to have windowsXP and linux on different partitions on my hard drive. But things got complicated. I made a 3 page long thread on the Ubuntu forums, which helped a lot but now i need to resize my windows partition ON windows. not linux.

My problem is that windows and linux both are on seperate partions, BUT windows has a 9.6GB partition. Which is too small. I have a 160GB hard drive at 7200RPM. I want to add 56GB to the windows partiton.... I have been trying to do this ALL DAY. And am about 90% done. I just hope the windows forum is as usefull as the Ubuntu forum.

Now, I have been looking at help pages and stuff. And tried to do some stuff in command prompt. Here's what I did. NOTICE THE ERRORS. THOSE ARE MY PROBLEMS.


Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Nick>diskpart

Microsoft DiskPart version 5.1.3565

Copyright (C) 1999-2003 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: NPC-A


DISKPART> list volume

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
Volume 0 D Data compos CDFS DVD-ROM 49 MB
Volume 1 C NTFS Partition 10 GB Healthy System

DISKPART>... Read more

A:Dual boot : XP and Linux. partitions...


need help! please!

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I have read the post by Kurzo and have a question regarding the [/home] partition. Specifically if I have a created a separate partition for windows, documents, can this also be used by Linux as the [/home] partition?

A:Dual Boot W7 Linux Mint

Hi Not quite sure what you want to achieve, but I will try and give you some relevant info. You should make/take/create Recovery Media for Windows 7 so that it can be re-installed at a later date if wanted.  If you view the Hard Disk and can take a screen shot to post here it may help to give more targeted advice. I would expect to shrink the C: and create 3 or 4 more partitions //home/swap and perhaps a common data storage area formatted to NTFS. Then when Mint is installed the common data area can be mounted to use for docs between W`indows and Mint. If in doubt please ask.

Happy 2 [email protected]

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OK, I had to investigate this just recently, so I thought I would share. Here is what to do if you want to add Linux to Vista's boot menu, rather than using Grub in the Master Boot Record.

# Install Vista as normal.

# Install Linux, but install Grub to the bootsector of your / partition (which from now on we will call /dev/sda3) and NOT the MBR (i.e. /dev/sda)

# Boot Linux from the install CD, choose rescue mode.

# From the command prompt in rescue mode, mount your Linux installation partition, i.e.

mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/sysimage

then chroot it:

chroot /mnt/sysimage

reinstall Grub just to make sure that its working OK

/sbin/grub-install /dev/sda3

now, make a file image of the bootsector of /dev/sda3:

dd if=/dev/sda3 of=bootsect.lin bs=512 count=1

copy the bootsect.lin to somewhere you will be able to get it back when in Vista.

# Now, back in Vista

copy bootsect.lin to c:\

open a command prompt with cmd, and do the following:

bcdedit /displayorder {current}

bcdedit /create /d "Linux" /application BOOTSECTOR

(should say something like created entry, it will give it a name, like {cfc90cf0-f718-11db-b281-005056c00008} )


bcdedit /set {cfc90cf0-f718-11db-b281-005056c00008} device boot
bcdedit /set {cfc90cf0-f718-11db-b281-005056c00008} PATH \bootsect.lin
bcdedit /displayorder {cfc90cf0-f718-11db-b281-005056c00008} /addlast
bcdedit /timeout 5

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A:Dual boot Vista and Linux

Thanks. Your work looks useful.

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Has anyone successfully gotten an R13 to dual boot with linux? I've been able to boot from a USB drive and install Kubuntu 15.10 to the SSD but it just reboots up in Windows 10 without showing a grub menu.  Changes to the BIOS boot order don't help. Secure boot and fast boot are turned off. Mike

A:R13 (R7-371T) dual boot with Linux

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Hi there,

A while back I joined the wonderful world of Win7 by installing it in a dual boot with my existing XP.

Since then I have used XP about 5 times in three months so I think it's finally time to get rid of it.

What I would like to do is replace the XP with Linux (Mint or Ubuntu) as I would like to learn more about Linux and have reached the extent of what I can do booting into a LiveCD.

So the job is remove XP and install Linux. But I'm sure it's not going to be quite as simple as that, so I thought I would ask for input here.

Win7 and XP are installed on two partitions of the same disk, 7 on C: and XP on F: (see attached)

Any guidance is much appreciated.


A:Remove XP from 7/XP dual boot and replace with Linux

I found this old thread that might help you. Have a read, it should help you. The below is quoted from that particular thread.

Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker

If you format XP on the first partition, it will make Win7 unbootable.

You need to mark Win7 active in Disk Managment, delete XP partition, then boot into the Win7 installer Repair console and run Startup Repair 3 times to rewrite the MBR.

If you want the Win7 partition moved into the lower address, use bootable Partition Wizard to move it over into the deleted XP space, mark it active then boot into Win7installer and run Startup Repair 3 times to solve multple issues..

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Hi, I've just installed Linux Fedora 19 within my Win7. I was expecting that I'm going to use some 3rd party software to create Dual-Boot, but Linux did it all by itself. So I guess the using of software like Grub is not needed, or?

A:Dual-Boot Win7 and Linux Fedora 19

Fedora installed Grub for you. I have several linux distros on my vista lap top and grub handles them all.

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So anyway I did this to the point at which I dont see the linux partition. but it still showing when i reboot help me remove it completely as it did not install correctly. 
I did this but dont see the partitions is there any other way to remove it or what should I look for. I dont see any ext partitions either. (not sure if linux loaded correctly but either way its at the start up when I restart)
EasyBCD (download
Just write something in those boxes, and you’ll be able to download it free.
You’re at the GRUB menu, Boot into Windows 7
Having the EasyBCD, now Open EasyBCD
Go to BCD Deployment
By default, you will have the Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR, button checked. If you don’t have that checked, check it now! (before it’s too late…)
Click on Write MBR (that red button). This removed the GRUB menu, and made Windows 7 load automatically.
Go now to Edit boot menu.
Highlight Windows 7
Check Skip the boot menu.
And then Save settings.
Close EasyBCD.
Right – Click on My Computer
Click on Manage, and the partitions will pop-up now, you’re just going to remove the Linux partition.
Right-Click on the Linux volume and click Delete volume.
Now Right-click on the deleted volume and click Delete partition. Now you lost everything on Linux, if you didn’t back-up your fi... Read more

A:How do I remove linux mint from 8.1 dual boot.

Make sure you are booted into Windows not Linux Mint.
Follow steps 1 - 10 carefully
For Windows 8.1 hit  <Windows> + <C> keys to open the charms bar.
Click Search and type Disk Management in the field. Click Create and format hard disk partitions, to open the Disk Management window .
When the window opens, you will see a list of all drives/partitions on your system along with a graphic representation of each.
My system showed 2 partitions not formatted as NTFS matter of fact the 'file system' column for each was blank
Right click the Volume(s) and click Delete. Right click the Deleted Volume and delete the partition.
Now you can extend the another partition to increase space or leave it blank and install Windows Technical Preview as I did.
I followed the same directions you've posted above, 2 nights ago to remove Linux Mint from my dual-boot with Windows 7. Everything went without a hitch.
Lots of luck and Please keep BC posted!

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So, it's just what the title says: when I have my Windows 8 machine set up to dual boot with Linux Mint, I cannot access my DVD drive in any way under Windows 8. The SATA and power cables are both secure, and it's definitely functional (it's also about a month old). As soon as I obliterate the Linux installation and repair the master boot record, everything goes back to normal and the DVD drive shows up fine again. Has anyone encountered this before/does someone have a solution?

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Okay, I am a complete ***** wihen it comes to Linux but...

I need to try it.. I got it successfully installed awhile back on my PII 400 but my nic wasn't compatible so I never got on the web.

What I want to do is install, Mandrake 8.2 on my Gateway laptop. I have a 10GB partition that is pretty much empty on it so I would like to install it there. I want to dual boot with WinXP Pro. I have a million questions but for the most part I am most interested in how to do the install and keep my WinXP in perfect working order. Also, is Mandrake the best for me? It seems so. Well, let me know what I have to do. I am going to dload 8.2 and then wait for instructions. I am also going to do a search around the web. There must be a starter guide out there that can lend me a hand.

Thanks in Advance..

A:Installing Linux for the first time (& dual boot)

"And so it begins...." - Kosh, Babylon 5.

Okay, what I am going to do, is reinstall Linux on a spare partition later (today probably) and am going to write a step by step guide on installing in alongside Windows XP.

There are several things I want to know first.

1)What version of Linux do you have? Red Hat and Mandrake are the best in my opinion.

2)What is your hard drive configuration (i.e. what's on all of your IDE controllers, primary, master, etc? What partitions do you have on hard drives there? FAT32, NTFS... I want to know all of this please...)

3)What's your system specs, in case I notice something potentially problematic?

4)What's your LAN settings or internet connection settings? Do you have cable with DHCP IP address allocation? Or dial up via modem?

Tell me as much about your system as possible.... Particularly things like whether you have certain partition for certain purposes because if possible we want all of that accessible on your Linux partition as well.

I can write a good guide for either Red Hat or Mandrake. If you have Mandrake, then thats fine, but if you have Red Hat that would be cooler because its my favourate distro and I can tell you a LOT more about it.

If you have a fast internet connection, why not download Red Hat from an ftp mirror site and burn the ISO files to CDs???

Once I hear from you, I am going to rename your post to something like "Installing Linux" or something,... Read more

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I have a question that i have been working on and I hope that someone out there can help me out. It is a very specific question and may be pretty simple but here it is.

I am attempting to dual boot Win2000 and Corel Linux on the same 60GB hard drive. This machine will be used as a partial web server and partial multicasting server.

Win 2000 is installed on a 20GB Fat32 partition (we have reasons not to go to NTFS on this machine). Corel Linux was installed using existing space and was placed into a 20GB partition.

When I restart, I get the LI problem due to the 1024 limitation. I then set the active partition to the Win 2000 partition and can now boot up in Win 2000.

I cannot boot up in Corel Linux...the floppy boot disk that I made was an installation bootup.

I am stuck...can anyone help me?!?


A:Dual Boot Win2000 and Corel Linux with 60 GB HD

First, a question. Are you stuck with Corel? I mean, would you be willing to go to another Linux distro? The reason I ask is because Corel sucks. But we won't go into that. Try d/ling a newer version of lilo or give grub a try. Lilo now comes with lba support that allows it to be installed beyond the 1024 mark. And I've heard that grub is also capable of the same thing.

If you don't mind starting over, d/l the Mandrake 8.0 ISO's and install them instead. During setup, you can configure LILO to install beyond the 1024 mark. Not to mention, Mandrake is IMHO a better distro than Corel. Yeah, it's usually regarded as the "newbie" distro, but it's just as powerful as any other distro, and it comes with quite a few nice packages. Not to mention it's extremely easy to install and configure.

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I folks,

Currently I'm running a dual boot with Windows 7 and Linux Mint 10. When I boot up I get Windows Boot Loader and default to W7. If I choose the second choice, Linux Mint, I go to GRUB and boot into Linux Mint.
Very shortly Linux Mint 11 will be released. The recommendation is for people to do a clean install.
I'm wondering whether, if I clean install Linux Mint 11 on the partition that LM 10 now occupies (on a separate HDD) it will mess up my boot. What I mean is whether GRUB will be my first boot loader and default into Linux.
I'd prefer to keep it as it is but I'm unsure about how to go about this upgrade.
For one thing Windows cannot see Linux so I'm kind of guessing which partition my current Linux install is on.
As I say, it's on a different HDD, so I could disconnect my Windows drive altogether. Not sure whether this would be a worthwhile thing to do though.

Any suggestions would be welcome, John

A:W7/Linux Mint dual boot upgade

Hello John.

As you know which HDD is the Windows 7 HDD and so on ...

The best way would be to power down and disconnect all HDDs except the Windows 7 HDD, connect it to the #1 SATA port of the mobo and set it as the first boot device in the main BIOS, make sure Windows 7 is the Active partition and make sure it boots all by itself as the "System" partition.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Then power down and disconnect the Windows 7 HDD and connect the HDD you want to use for Linux and do the install to that; when finished power down and reconnect all the HDDs putting Windows 7 back at SATA #1 and use the one-time boot menu for your Gigabyte board (which is the F12 hot-key) to boot to whichever OS/HDD you want to boot at PC startup.

Post a snip of disk management to see and if you have questions be sure to ask.

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Alright, so I had setup a dual boot system, Windows XP on the first partition and SuSE9.1 on the rest of the HD. I don't want Linux anymore, so how do I get linux off my system, and the HD space back without having to completely re-install? I'm thinking of just formatting the part of the HD it's on, and then if it gives me trouble when I boot afterwards, I'll just run fixboot from the XP CD. But is there a better way?

Grub is my bootloader, so will that pose a problem?

A:Uninstalling Linux from a Dual Boot system


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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

A:How to: Dual-boot Linux Debian and Win7RC

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 win7, and install win7,
than download easybcd or vistabootpro or something.
when your in win7 (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 win7 onto the boot list

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Not an expert. Tried a lot of things trying to make my laptop dual boot Win and Lin. UEFI doesnt work anymore (no boot options available), I have AHCI off, use legacy boot option, secure boot off.
Installing Ubuntu gives fatal error installing Grub.
If I run the Startup repair from the W10 DVD it sais it cant repair.
So there seems to be something wrong with the boot sector?
Now I can only install W10, before I could install Linux but even that doesn't work anymore due to the bootloader error. Before it installed but had different problems with the bootloader. Either it wouldnt show up (and started W10) or it just restarted after choosing W10, only Linux would boot.
Tried to delete all partitions with Gparted from live usb but no result.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I have a dual boot system (2 hard drives) booting Suse and XP and boot up through Suse's built in boot manager which gives me the option of booting to Windows or Linux.

But since I barely ever use Linux I want to delete it off the 2nd drive so I can use it for a storage drive, so I'm wondering how to replace the Windows Master Boot Record so I can just boot into my XP drive. I'm scared that once I delete/reformat the contents of the 2nd hard drive (I'll probably use Partition Magic to do this through my XP drive) that I won't be able to boot XP up anymore. So before I do anything I want to just be able to boot into XP and bypass the linux drive before I delete it to make sure everything is ok.

Can anyone help me out with this?


A:Want to replace Master Boot Record on dual boot system & delete Linux drive

Yeah, if you toast linux then it won't boot up. I had that problem when I used Fedora and got rid of it. Boot from your XP disk and go to the repair console. You can use commands in there to make a new mbr. I can remember the exact command. I think you can type help and that will give you a list of available commands. I think it is "fixboot" or "fixmbr" but I can't remember the exact command.

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hey guys am looking for a linux boot disk so i can by pass any microsoft os password...if anyone can tell me a sight that i cant get it off of then that would be greatly appreciated

A:linux boot disk


Are you sure you want to use a Linux boot disk to bypass M$ passwords? I've never heard of that....

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i am running windows xp and ubuntu linux on my computer (dual boot) but i can't really get ubuntu to work properly. how would i uninstall it as well as the partition between linux and windows?

A:removing ubuntu (linux) from a dual boot system

how is your machine partitioned?

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You thought ahead when installing Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional on your test machine, partitioning the hard drive so that you could put Linux on the same machine.

Then you took your copy of Red Hat Linux 7.1 and installed it on the partition you created. When you got to the point in the installation where Red Hat asks you where to put LILO (the Linux loader), you just clicked through, allowing it to be put on the default—the master boot record (MBR) of the machine.

But when you rebooted the machine after the Linux install, you had no way to get to your Windows 2000 Professional. The nice graphic list showed up, but the only choice on it was Linux. Whoops!

Getting back to ground zero
The problem is that the NT boot loader must reside on the MBR of the machine to boot either NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 Professional, which announces as it boots up that it’s built on NT technology.

Here’s the good news: All you have to do is clear LILO out of the MBR, and you will have your Windows 2000 machine back. The bad news is that the location of LILO needs to be set at installation time, and if it gets wiped off the MBR, you’re going to have to reinstall Linux to make it work correctly.

The easiest way to clear LILO out of the MBR is to find your old Windows 98 boot disk (or any boot disk that contains the fdisk utility). Booting from that boot disk, at the A: prompt, type:
fdisk /mbr

Now you can install Red Hat again, using the workaround below.

The rundown on the workaround
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A:Try this helpful workaround for a Linux/Win2K dual boot

Going to move to win2k forum

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I deleted the Ubuntu partition from a XP Home/Ubuntu dual boot system. I needed the space on the drive for Windows data & programs. I used parted magic and expanded the remaining primary partition. On boot I get the following

GRUB loading stage1.5.

GRUB loading, please wait
Error 22

That is all I get

I need to be able to launch into Windows for work related data. How do I remove GRUB and will that allow windows to start?

Any suggestions? I'm a bit at a loss right now on how to proceed.
Thanks for any help

A:Deleted Linux partion from dual boot now can't start

Do you have Windows XP install media? You could do a repair install. I'm not sure about Windows XP, but Windows 7 will repair damaged or missing boot files.

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I have been curios about Ubuntu and I want to dual boot it with vista but I noticed on their site they say it?s faster to place it on one of the low numbered cylinders. I want to know if it would make a noticeable difference if I placed it on my other hard drive. I have vista on a 160 GB hard drive and I have a 500 GB hard drive with about 170 GB of random junk on it. Is there any way I can put Ubuntu on the part of the 500 GB hard drive that is fastest without messing up the data that?s already on it or having to place all of that data on a separate hard drive? If it matters I have 64 bit vista and I plan to use 64 bit Ubuntu.

Thanks for any help!

A:How should I dual boot vista and linux with 2 hard drives?

Is this correct or would it replace all of the data? I did make a new 100gb partition in disk management. Sorry for the bad quality.
Click to Maximize

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hey guys i have vista home installed ....

i got the bootable usb with linux

but i need to create a partition for it... the problem is the whole drive is 1 partition for vista? i have 55gigs of unused hd space. how can i create a partition in that unused space so i can install linux?

A:Solved: dual boot vista and linux (fedora)

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I have followed the instructions over at think geek for uninstalling Linux and have run the bootsec.exe /fixmbr... but on startup it still is getting stuck at the minimal Grub menu. Do I need to also remove the first partition (seen in pic) all the way to the left, the 260 MB one, is that what the grub menu is. Then re-run the fixmbr command?

Thank you

A:Trying to uninstall Linux from Dual Boot, still gets stuck at Grub

I once had dual boot setup with Windows 10 and Linux.

This is the tutorial I used to remove the dual boot setup.

How to Uninstall a Linux Dual-Boot System From Your Computer

Pay attention to the instructions starting from:
Fix the Windows Boot Loader
Linux has now been removed from your computer, but its boot loader persists. We?ll need to use a Windows installer disc to overwrite the Linux boot loader with the Windows boot loader.

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Hi, I recently downloaded the Wubi Installer for Linux Ubuntu 9.04 and it has been working fine with Windows XP (SP3), I installed it onto a new partition. Shortly after I decided to do a full restore using Samsung Recovery Solution III on my Samsung NC10 netbook, which must have removed something that was used to dual boot Linux. This was my first experience with dual booting so I don't know what the Wubi installer changed to make dual booting possible originally.

Could someone tell me what I have to change or download to get it dual booting correctly again please?

Thanks in advance =)

A:Re-configure dual boot with Linux after XP full restore

Download SuperGrub. It will fix most probs.
To avoid your prob , in future load Xp onto the first partition of the first hard drive then install Linux.

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Hello TechSpot,

I am thinking of dual booting Linux Mint with my Windows 7 OS. I don't have a cd big enough for the installer, and I am thinking about buying a stack of CDs to use for booting. However, I don't know which CD type to buy. I will be using them also for Movie making, file storage, back up and etc..
Which one of these would work?



A:What type of CD is good for installing Linux or other OS for dual boot?

They're DVD's, not CD's; though you can use them for burning a Linux ISO, it would be a waste of most of the capacity of a disk though. I'd choose DVD-R's.

You can always download Linux live creator and use that instead. You just need a spare 1GB USB memory stick/thumb drive.

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I have done a full installation from an original disk while keeping one partition of old data. I have tried both a 2005 and a 2004 editions (from an earlier computer I had). Both went OK but when the computer reboot after the first phase of the configuration, they both failed to boot after the POST phase. I have tried to install Ubuntu 8.04 and it booted successfully and also showed me the option of starting the windows installation, which again failed to boot. I have DELL laptop Inspiron 6400 and using its diagnostic tools, it showed that all components are OK.

I am interested to know if it is possible that the problem is due to:
1) bad cd drive, as it is making some noises.
2) bad memory as I had installed by mistake wrong memory and fixed this once I understoof it is causing some problems.
3) bad harddisk although I had no indication so far there is some problem with it.

I wanted to ask then why linux installed with no problem and to finish this query, I have noticed it is possible to install from a USB stick (to bypass problem 1), but I dont have windows (osx and ubuntu 8.04 only), is there a way to create a bootable windows installation USB stick using a mac or linux?

Thanks and best regards,

A:fresh installation of windows fails to boot but linux boot with no problem

Your confusing to say the least.
The correct way to dual boot Window/Linux is to Install Windows 1st(Always) using all the drive. Then install Linux. All Linux versions will install a Boot manager so as you can then select whichever OS you desire. There are other ways but for someone like you that is the easiest.
Linux will install to a drive that Windows won't, Windows is very particular as to the disk surface, any little fault and it will refuse to install.
May I suggest you look at Puppy Linux 4.1. very, very fast and great for Wireless.

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Hi there

I usually run a LINUX HOST for testing Windows VM's - but I need to test some new releases of various Linux distros so I've created some VM's --easy enough and running them on a Windows Host.

However I can't attach a USB drive with a Linux file system (XFS) to the VM as the Windows HOST rejects the HDD wanting me to format it !!. There's 2.7 TB of media files on it - I want to test running media server in a VM.

Anybody know how to bypass the Windows nag prompt about the HDD and be able to attach it direct to the VM.

(The other way round is no problem -- never a problem loading NTFS HDD's on to Linux machines -- however the NTFS file system is SLOW compared with XFS -- on USB3 device on Native windows transfer rate of 1 TB of files from fast NTFS HDD to NTFS USB3 device is max 82 Mib/s - average for whole transfer. On same machine with Native Linux and XFS to XFS (using same HDD's and USB 3 port avg speed is 350 mib/s !! -- HUGE difference !!!).

Note I have to have a Windows Host for this --I know I could run Linux VM's from a Linux Host but in this case I do have to use a Windows Host as that will be the destination system at the end of testing.

BTW I'm running VMWARE workstation 12.1 on W10 Pro Host.


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I have installed win2k on a single hard drive C: and installed win98se and linux on another hard drive D:. Hard drive D: is partitioned equally. How do I get win2k to recognize the other two operating systems so that I can choose either win2k, win98se or linux. Win2k was installed first then linux and lastly win98se. I don't what to have to squash C: to reinstall win2k.

A:{Advice Offered} - Dual Boot Win2k,win98se,linux

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Hi there bleeps :D
I got a sony vaio laptop, and it has windows 7 OEM on it. Tried to install Linux on it on another partition, and the installation was fine and finished. Then I got into the windows and used BCDedit to add a new value for the linux distro I installed. Now, when I boot the laptop, it gives me 2 options, win and linux... but if I run linux, it gives me an error and doesnt find the bootloader.
If someone can guide me through the process I'm ready to erase all my data from the HDD and repartition everything. My only aim is to be able to dual boot Windows 7 with Kali Linux.
Current partitions:
1- SONY partiton (dont know what the hell that is) ~260MB
2- Recovery parition ~20GB
3- EFI boot partition ~260MB
4- XXXXXXX partition ~300MB (has no name and i don't know what it is for)
5- Windows 7 installation ~70GB (C:/ drive)
6- Linux boot partition ~300MB (/boot)
7- Linux root ~12GB (/ )
8- Linux home ~40GB (/home)
9- Unallocated space ~450GB
Hidden partitions
NTFS partition
Ext4 partitions
Thanks, bleeps 

A:Want to dual boot Win7 with Linux on a UEFI-based laptop.

I don't know Kali Linux at all, but I have installed Linux Mint 16 on a UEFI Windows 7 system.  Current versions of Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSuse at least have support for UEFI.  For Kali Linux, it appears you will have to make a custom ISO with UEFI support -
To install Linux Mint, dual booting with Windows 7 in UEFI mode here is what I did...
- Starting point was Win 7 x64 installed in UEFI mode, GPT partitioning scheme on all attached disks, and 100Gb unpartitioned space on one of the disks.  If you need to re-size existing partitions to create space use Gparted.
- Boot Linux Mint DVD in UEFI mode (this involves going into the BIOS, and in the Boot Override menu choosing the name of the DVD drive with UEFI in the name, as per below).  NB This is important - if the installer is not booted in UEFI mode, it will install in Legacy mode and this will not work if the existing OS is installed in UEFI mode.

- Choose "I want to do something else" aka custom installation in the installer
- Created separate root, home and swap partitions (swap, if using, should be equal to ram).  The root and home partitions were formatted to Ext4 FS.  I allocated 20Gb to the root partition and the leftover free space to the home partition.  Mount point for root is /, and for home is /home.
- Find the existing EFI partition created by ... Read more

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I got a bluescreen hours ago on my Toshiba Satellite U400 Laptop using Windows Vista. I can't exactly pinpoint the cause but this is what the bluescreen says

A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

A process or thread crucial to system operation has unexpectably exited or been terminated.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen,
restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow
these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed.
If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any Windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory operations such as caching or shadowing.
If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x88253B18, 0x88253C64, 0x82C82430)
Collecting data for crash dump ...
Initializing disk for crash dump ...
Beginning dump of physical memory.
Dumping physical memory to disk: 100

I cant pinpoint the exact cause but here are some infos and problems with my laptop:

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A:Vista dump crash but Linux (from dual boot opt) works

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I installed Mandrake Linux 10.1 on a spare partition on my WinXP machine a few weeks ago. When I do a complete system reboot (Going through BIOS, POST and choosing Windows XP through LILO), the time on WinXP changes to GMT. When I correct the time on WinXP, the time changes under Linux. I have tried toggling the NTP server synching option as well as other options to no avail. I have set both operating systems to local time. Can someone help me out with this annoying, yet trivial problem?

A:Time/Clock changes when rebooting from WinXp/Linux Dual-boot

Check if /etc/sysconfig/clock has an option UTC=0.

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I'm posting this topic as a reply to an untrue information which I found in a topic in this forum and is misguiding. The topic was about how to remove any linux dustributions from the boot selecting screen and make XP to start automatic. That topic said that you must put your XP CD, go to the repair screen and enter the command fixmbr. This is a lie - this command doesn't work and more - XP doesn't recognize it as its own. So, I decided to post this topic because I saw in google how many people have such a problem and they can't fix it. Hopefully, mine topic will help somebody else too.
I had ubuntu on my pc but when I found out what a piece of crap it is, I decided to uninstall it. But the name "ubuntu" in the bios boot screen remained. And I did a very simple task to remove it from there - edited the boot.ini file while Windows was running:

Right click on "My Computer" icon, then select "Properties". Under the "Advanced" tab click "Settings" in the "Startup and Recovery" sector. Click edit and the boot.ini file will open in notepad (you better make a backup of it before editing). Find the line of Ubuntu (or the operating system you'd like to remove from the boot screen), delete the line which contains its data (in my file the line contained "C:\wubildr.ldr" or something like that, don't remember the exact text) and save the file (you can do this by simply pressing Ctrl+S)... Read more

A:Want to remove Linux from dual boot with XP? Read here. (Ubuntu Wubi)

My XP is PRO version,Click to expand...

And this would be the pirated OS you bragged about?

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I have a new Lenovo E540 preloaded with OEM Win7 PRO 64 bit ... and no discs
- (other than an upgrade to Win8.1 PRO ... no thanks)

Q1: How do I make a recovery disc of the current Win7 PRO 64bit ?
- I have never done it before .. a recovery virgin.

So far ... when the Lenovo was started the OS was registered with MS but I declined any upgrades until the PC is carefully prepared and imaged before any use and exposure to the internet.
- registration of the OS was unavoidable because the Lenovo took possession as soon as the PC was booted.

The Lenovo is a clean machine , so I want it properly setup and imaged to simplify future maintenance.

Q2: At what point do I create partitions for ... ?
1. Win7 PRO
2. Linux OS -- Mint

Q3: For testing downloads should I create a dedicated test partition or just use a SandBoxie tool ?

Else where in this forum I read a post by Greg Rocker recommending to uninstall all the Toshiba crapware BUT I noticed that he recommended that some Toshiba stuff be retained.
Previously (again in this forum) I have read to dump branded laptop OEM all together and just use a generic OEM on a laptop.

I would be grateful for any guidance. Thank you

Intel i5 | 1TB HDD | 4GB RAM | 2x USB3 | 1x USB2
Win-7 PRO 64-bit | (with discs to upgrade to Win8.1)

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