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Installing Windows 7 alongside Linux (Mint) (dualboot)

Q: Installing Windows 7 alongside Linux (Mint) (dualboot)

How would one go about installing Windows 7 (assuming one has a legitimate Windows 7 CD) on a dual boot, on a computer that has only Linux (precisely Linux Mint) as an OS?

Recently, a nasty virus on my Windows 7 partition basically destroyed its boot system (dual-boot with a ~500 GB hard drive, 30 GB allocated to Linux Mint 17.1). Upon restarting the computer, the computer would become stuck on a blank screen with a flashing cursor on the top-left; not even the GRUB menu would show up (and F11 recovery option is basically obliterated). Currently, I have/I am using a USB with Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela burnt onto it.

Rather than go through the hassle of repairing the Windows system, I am considering installing Linux Mint as the sole system (thus formatting the drive), and later installing Windows 7 as a dual-boot system. My main concern is if that is possible.

Preferred Solution: Installing Windows 7 alongside Linux (Mint) (dualboot)

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A: Installing Windows 7 alongside Linux (Mint) (dualboot)

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Hi all,I have a question,I have dual booted many times before but only with windows os.I downloaded an ISO of linux mint and burned it to cd.Would like to know if it would be the same process as dual booting
windows os.Don't want to run into any surprises,thank-you.

A:Dualboot 8.1 and Linux Mint

I can't say if it would be the same process since you didn't describe what you did before.  However, this article is the one I followed to install Linux Mint alongside Windows.  You should note that there are certain steps that are specific to dual booting Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint on a UEFI system.

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Hi all,I have a question,I have dual booted many times before but only with windows os.I downloaded an ISO of linux mint and burned it to cd.Would like to know if it would be the same process as dual booting
windows os.Don't want to run into any surprises,thank-you.

A:Dualboot 8.1 and Linux Mint

I can't say if it would be the same process since you didn't describe what you did before.  However, this article is the one I followed to install Linux Mint alongside Windows.  You should note that there are certain steps that are specific to dual booting Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint on a UEFI system.

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Hi there, people of the internet.
I'm having some issues trying to re-install Windows 7 back to my laptop having switching fully to Linux Mint 16. I've got an ISO file for the installation of Windows (I have genuine code) but having some massive fail moments trying to work it.

I've used the USB Image Writter to put my ISO file onto my formatted USB but when I try to boot from it from restart I get the error "No Boot Sector on USB" So that has confused me quite so. I'm using a Dell Inspiron i545 and having a nightmare with it.

I don't have any side portions of Windows just 100% Linux. If I can get some help It will be greatly appreciated.

Forever in your debt,

A:Trouble with Re-Installing Windows from Linux Mint 16 - ISO-USB

From Wikipaedia:

There is no standard definition for ISO image files. ISO disc images are uncompressed and do not use a particular container format; they are a sector-by-sector copy of the data on an optical disc, stored inside a binary file. ISO images are expected to contain the binary image of an optical media file system (usually ISO 9660 and its extensions or UDF), including the data in its files in binary format, copied exactly as they were stored on the disc. The data inside the ISO image will be structured according to the file system that was used on the optical disc from which it was created.Click to expand...

So although an .iso file of (say) linux might well be bootable, it's not true that all .iso images are. I don't know what that .iso image actually is, although it might well be an image of a Windows 7 setup CD. But that is not how it looks on a USB drive. I think you will have to go back to the setup CD and take a more normal type of exact copy, or re-write it to USB with a more explicit instruction to the writing software that 'this is supposed to be bootable'.

Just in case - have you checked in the bios that a USB drive can be set 'bootable', and that it is top of the drives list ?

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Hi guys,

I recently purchased a netbook on ebay with Linux Mint pre-installed. I want to rid of Linux and install Windows 7 Ultimate, however the only device I have to date is a 2GB SD card as I've either lost or broken my USB's or external HDD's.. Is there a way to create a bootable SD card with a small downloadable copy of Windows and install it to the HDD? Then download a 'full' copy of Windows to install that and activate it with a key?

Otherwise I'm going to have to go out and get a USB stick. Or is there an easier way with mounting etc?


A:Installing Windows from an SD card on a netbook with Linux Mint


I speak under correction, but as far as I know the minimum size required for a Windows install from a USB stick is 4GB.

Microsoft Store Online


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right so i got my win 7 + 8.1 all good with all the raids what ever ........ so unplugged all that and trying to install linux mint 16 or the cinnaman one 64 bit, on a PQ5 PRO MB on seperate disk

but iso dvd wont load the dvd player cant see it ? if i load win seven rescue disk it loads and i even reformated disk from commaned promt

run out off ideas any help here ?

A:Installing linux mint 16

After much research i concluded its must be a corrupt mint download so i re downloaded but instead of burning a DVD from the ISO i chose to add to usb stick using "Pendrivelinux" very easy to use program unfortunately still wouldn't work

then i was reading something somewhere and someone was advised to try a different usb stick so i fort i would too and success, i know have a fully installed and working linux mint 16 64bit Cinnamon

just got to get it to multi boot with windows now

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I've got a Windows 7 running, but I'm trying to install a Linux Mint on this Laptop. Yes, it should bootup automatically, but it's not. I'm new to 7, so I'm having dificulty even getting to find BIOS. Any suggestions would be appreciated.



A:Difficulty installing Linux Mint on my Laptop

Getting to the BIOS has nothing to do with the version of Windows installed. The initial boot screen should tell you what key to press to enter the BIOS or Setup.

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I have repartitioned (twice) the drive using Linux Minut and Ubuntu. Both times I get (see photo) into a booting loop where nothing works, just keeps going into a loop. Device:  Lenovo 110SAlready changed boot sequence as internal HD (eMMC Samsung - 32GB) booting first, under Legacy boot (NOT UEFI) Thanks for your help

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I have installed Linux Mint 19 several times on my ideapad 320-15ABR, using both UEFI and Legacy settings. Always the same issue. Everything works on the Live CD and on the first boot. After that, during boot, the screen dims and never gets bright again. The driver is amdgpu and I can find no evidence of changes between the working boot and the 'dim' boot. I have looked all over the web and tried multiple 'solutions' but none have worked. Suggestions/solutions most appreciated. Will have to return this unit if I cannot make it work. Thanks in advance.

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I have SUSE 9.3 Installed on a 19GB partition of a 40GB hard drive. I heard that it is possible to dual boot with Windows with Linux being the first installed OS, but it's complicated. Can anyone tell me if I can pull this off without having to make Windows the first installed OS? Here is how I have my partitions:
hda1=1GB [swap]
hda2=17.8 / [root]

A:Linux/Windows dualboot machine with Linux first?

The easiest way: Make hda1 bigger and install Windows there.

You will have to restore GRUB later using the SuSE CD and also create the GRUB menu entry for WIndows..

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So before I always installed linuxmint through windows. But now I installed it by burning the iso file on a DVD. I Installed linuxmint 17.
First problem was that it coudn't install it next to windows 8, so i had to do the partionning myself. I followed a tutorial and linux got installed.
Normally when you start your computer the (sorry if i'm wrong) GRU bios thing comes up for you to select your os. Now that doesn't come up. Normally what I did was launch windows go to the system startup settings and choose linux there. Now when i go to that option menu I can only choose Windows 8.1.

What can i do to get the GRU thing when i start my notebook.

Details: ASUS F552L pre-installed with windows 8

A:[HELP] Windows 8.1 and Linux dualboot

Where did you tell it to install the boot loader ( GRUB )?

Usually it would be sda.

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I am currently running a dual boot setup with Ununtu 12.10 x64 and Windows 7 Home Premium x64 I was wondering if I could add Linux Mint 14 to the setup. Is this possible? I tried installing it 'alongside windows' but it said i have to uninstall Ubuntu. I haven't done that much work with system booting as of yet but i catch on pretty quick with this sort of stuff. Also, does anyone have a link to where I could download the correct version of Linux Mint 14 for my PC? I have downloaded one already but am not sure whether or not it is the right one. Then name is 'linuxmint-14.1-mate-dvd-64bit.iso'. I would also like a link to a detailed tutorial on how to setup what I'm looking for and a list of recommended software (I've got Paragon Partition Manager 12 and EasyBCD 2.2).

Thanks in advance,


A:Multiboot: Windows 7, Ubuntu 12.10, Linux Mint 14?

It should be possible, I used to have a tripple boot myself for a while. Just make sure you add Mint to Grub.

Current version of Mint:
Download - Linux Mint

Oke, first you'll need to check if you have an empty partition to install Mint on. If not, create one.
You can check this in "disk management".

If you have enough partitions Ubuntu should stop giving you the uninstall message, and Mint should just install itself using the default installer.

And for the detailed toturial:
Video toturial
Official user guide

And finally the software:
Lots and lots of programs
The official Linux Mint software portal (I recommend using this one)

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!

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I dont have a disk, but I have the ISO on a USB stick, with a key. Any idea on how to do this?

A:How to replace Linux Mint with Windows 7 Ultimate

You have to put/burn the iso file of Windows 7 Ultimate onto the stick with a program like Rufus.

You just can`t have the iso file on the stick, it won`t be bootable.

Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

The just clean install windows.

Clean Install Windows 7

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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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I have 2 computers linked to the router by cable, and there is no wifi involved. Computer A is windows 7, computer B is linux mint. In B, there is an ssd with the system and a large external drive, named mybook, formatted NTFS.

The network works normally, except that A can't open mybook. And there is something else about mybook : B can open it directly, but not through the network. I mean :
-in B, if I go through the file system (home > mybook), I can open it,
-in B, if I go network > B > mybook, I get Unable to mount location, Failed to mount windows share: permission denied.

My user name and password are identical in both A and B.

Samba is installed. I did not edit its files.

In mybook properties, the drive is shared. Others are allowed to create and delete files. Guest access is unchecked.

The permissions to read, write and execute are set. I checked the 3 special flags Set user id, Set group id and Sticky, but they don't stay that way. Also, I have applied permissions to enclosed files, but the folders of mybook do not show as shared. So I also shared a couple of its folders independently, but they still can't be reached through the network.

I should probably go with the terminal for shares and permissions, and I googled a lot for that, but I lack some basic knowledge. I have been at this for 2 months. I hope someone can help.

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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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Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008
I just installed Linux Mint as a duel boot and I would like to know if I can use Macrium Reflect to create an image for the entire thing. Is that possible?

by entire thing I mean I want to be able to make one image for my entire duel boot so I can restore both at any time

A:Will Macrium Reflect image Linux Mint as well as Windows 7?

Mmm. Interesting question. I don't see why not.

Is the Linux partition available for selection when you first open Macrium?


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I installed Linux Mint alongside Windows 10 some time ago and tried it for a while. When I decided to remove Linux Mint from the laptop, I deleted the disk partitions it was installed on. Even though Linux Mint is deleted, it is still shown as an option on Windows boot menu when I start the laptop. How can I remove Linux Mint from the boot menu completely so the laptop boots directly to Windows as it used to do? Thanks..

A:Windows 10 boot menu after Linux Mint uninstallation

Open an elevated command promptType bcdedit /enumLocate the GUID for the Linux entry They look like {14105cca-1b7b-11e6-8afe-e38650dc991f}Then delete the entry with bcdedit /delete {14105cca-1b7b-11e6-8afe-e38650dc991f} , substitute in your GUID

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My clock time had the right adjustment  of Time Zone. But the time is losing  about 6 hours in a day. But when I boot in Linux Mint there is no problem of time. Had it been a hardware problem it would have shown in both the OS ?. Please help me
to resolve the issue.
my mobo is GA-B85M-D3H , processor I-5 @ 3.10 Ghz, Ram 8GB, HDD 1 TB. OS Windows 10 Build 1803

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My current configuration is a multiboot system with three partitions on my system drive (disk 0). Partition D/Windows XP, Partition E/Data Set Partition, and Partition C/Windows 7. My secondary drive, which is not really relative to this dialog has 4 partitions for system backups, system and application paging areas, and a frees space area. This system works flawlessly, with Windows 7 managing the initial boot process.

My primary goal, and the basis for this posting is to find the best way to replace my Windows XP partition with Linux Mint. Which of the following makes the most sense, or is there yet another less hazardous path?

1. Install Linux over XP?
Should I just clean format the current XP partition and install Linux Mint over it, leaving the windows 7 partition in tact? Will the Windows 7 boot menu still function even though it is actually thinks it is offering an XP boot option which in reality would be Linux.

2. Ground Zero approach?
Should I reformat the entire drive and set up the three blank partitions followed by a clean intall (yikes) of Windows 7, Followed by a clean install of Linux, and then, I am guessing installing Grub to manage the boot process.? I don't think I can use an image file backup of windows 7 (image for dos) since it will be expecting an XP boot option. Windows 7 will not allow me to backup/restore Win 7 without Win XP.

Disk map is attached.


A:Replacing Windows XP with Linux Mint in a Multiboot system.

First, I would install EasyBCD in Windows 7. Then I'd install Linux over XP - pick 'something else' during the partitioning stage and you can tell it exactly what to do - check the box to 'format' that partition to ext4. . On that same screen, make sure to specify that grub be installed in that same partition as Linux, not the MBR. I'd also create a small swap partition on the second drive where you say you have some free space, 4GB or so.

Boot to Windows, use EasyBCD to delete the XP entry and create a grub2 Linux entry EasyBCD will automatically detect the correct partition.

That should do it.

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is there some easy program for windows that can detect my linux partions and modify the bootloader to add an entry for linux?
i had only linux on my netbook, recently i have installed windows, and naturally it has overeritten linux bootloader so now i can onlt boot windows....

A:win7 linux dualboot, change it from windows?

Use EasyBCD Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

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Hello. I have an Ideapad V570c using OneKey Recovery 7.0. Some time ago I decided to try the Linux Mint distribution, so I made a Macrium Reflect and Lenovo OneKey backups of the entire system with Windows 7 Home preinstalled and formated the entire hard drive during the Linux Mint installation. After I while I changed my mind and restored my laptop back to Windows using Macrium Reflect restore (I made a full disc image before I installed Linux Mint). It booted back to Windows sucessfully but after that OneKey recovery button did not work anymore. I ran OneKey recovery in Windows and clicked on "System Recovery" to restart the laptop and boot the OneKey recovery environment, but it boots back to Windows, to my login screen. After that I used the Lenovo factory default recovery discs and still, with default factory Windows installation on my laptop, OneKey recovery doesn't work. I noticed that there's an ubuntu boot option in my BIOS boot order. That might be why OneKey recovery dosen't work, but I don't know how to remove it from the boot list. Browsing the forums I found my solutions but none of the worked. Here's what I tried:- Boot fix/ repair using Windows recovery disk.- Boot fix/ repair using Macruim Reflect recovery disc.- I removed the hard drive, turned on my laptop, went to bios and out, shurdown the laptop and put the hard drive back in.- Ran a BCD repair in EasyBCD.- I checked the partition table in PTEDIT32. There are four partitions and their types are 07 0... Read more

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Hello SevenForums, members and great administrators.

First, there is a lot forums and sections , so If posted in incorrect one please move it.


I want to Dual-boot Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with Linux Mint (or maybe Debian). I know , with Ubuntu is very easy, but I hate it That is because, low driver support , bad name , bad look and much other.

Questions :
1. How to do it ?
2. What I need ?
3. Do I need empty DVD or Windows 7 Installation DVD (because I lost this one) ?

I'm currently using LMint in VM , but I need it on my current machine , Dual-boot with Win7. And I will delete Win8 for this.

Answer when you can.
Thanks in advance.

A:Dual-booting Windows 7 Ultimate and Linux Mint (or Debian)

Hi Trinity -

Be sure to make a Win7 System Repair Disk for rescue purposes if you dont' have the installer.

GRUB boot loader can corrupt Win7 beyond repair when on the same HD, so be sure to also save externally a Win7 backup image: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

The cleanest method to avoid GRUB corruption of Win7 is given here by our moderator: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

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Windows 8 bootloader used to show some glitchy graphics instead of W8 logo from time to time; however, until now, it usually managed to get it's job done launch Windows 8 or Windows 7.

Until now. Well, it's now stuck to Windows 7 for some reason. Most often it shows it's distorted graphics, then it launches Win7 w/o asking. This renders Win8 unbootable.

If that's relevant: (a) Win7 came preinstalled, then I put Win8 next to it and then I proceeded with Mint; (b) Because of that, it is GRUB that shows first when the laptop starts, Windows 8 bootloader can only be launched from GRUB; (c) Secure Boot was disabled by default; (d) IIUC the boot is set to Legacy Bios, not UEFI; (e) I switched off fast startup at Win8 before installing Mint; (f) I can launch Windows 8 from Windows 8 installation media, but Automatic Repair fails to repair anything (I was hoping that maybe Automatic Repair could reinstall Windows 8 bootloader, even if it got rid of GRUB in the process; but then, hopefully, I could restore GRUB - or not...) (g) I'm really too slobby, I lost Windows 7 installation media somewhere... Perhaps I could find it, by searching up the whole flat.

OK, how to fix this? Y, I know, attempting to have three OSes installed on one laptop w/o having deep knowledge about boot-related things *was* asking for problems, but still... I need Linux, and I need Windows 8.

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Any hint on booting from the USB or SD card slots into Linux Mint??  ref: Yoga 11e Chromebook 20DU 0008US. Inpossible to use this for any serious work.  Maybe Mint is the cure?

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Hello EightForums administrators and other members

Today, I installed Linux Mint 13 to try some appliactions, programs and other good things.
I downloaded it normally , followed guide from this forum and after installing it I don't have network connection.

I tried with all type of network switches and activated Legacy Network Adapter but it don't work (I configured in network adapter for ex. External Network 1 , I want to say it's not say : Not Connected in VM Settings).

When I turn it Linux Mint says : Disconnected - you are now offline.

How to configure network and the Internet to work with Linux Mint VM ?

Thanks in advance and please answer soon.

A:Windows 8 Hyper-V-How to configure network to work in Linux Mint Guest

I'm new to Hyper-V myself but I think there are 2 guides you should follow:
Hyper-V ? Create Linux Virtual Machine in Windows 8

How to use (vista example):
Hyper-V - How to Use in Windows 8

And there is someone that manages to add network to Vista so maybe you can apply that to LMDE.

Good luck

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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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Hello, TenForums.

I run Linux Mint on one SSD and Windows 7 on another.

Linux Mint SSD is on SATA 1; Windows 7 SSD is on SATA 2; 500GB empty drive on SATA 3.

I upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10 and after getting it all set up and pretty, I decided to reboot and use Linux for the rest of the night.

Well, with my Windows Drive Connected, I tried booting into Linux but received the error: "Cannot mount drive /mnt/sdb1". So, I booted back into Windows 10 and everything Windows-wise was cool.

Here comes my screw up:

Fast forward to today (roughly 3 days later). I tried fixing my Linux Partition by unplugging the Windows Drive (since that would be the /sdb1 drive) and received the error: "The Disk Drive for UUID=<Drive Name Here> is not ready yet or not present". Using a LiveUSB, I tried mounting and using chroot to try and fix grub, but to no avail. I also tried reinstalling Linux Mint while keeping my /home partition, but with no success either. So, I decided to install another SSD that I wanted to add for games & misc. files since it was bigger. So, I opened up my computer, reorganized a bit and put all of the SSDs in (in the config at the start of my post) and connected all the power/SATA cables.

I had previously read that Windows 10 gets really pissy if you make any changes to hardware. Well, here comes the confusing part:

1. When only the Linux drive is connected, I get the "Disk Drive UUID" error. ... Read more

A:Installed Windows 10. Now I can't boot Windows 10 or Linux Mint.

With the configuration that you can boot Windows 10 from, we need a full screenshot of disk management with the columns expanded so we can see all the information in them:
Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of - Windows 10 Forums

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I got a new ThinkPad P50 with 32GB RAM and 1TB NVME SSD with Windows 7 installed on it. I need to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7, however, my attempts were not successful. These are the steps I took:- Shrink partition C in Windows and generate ~400GB unallocated space for Ubuntu.- Restarted with Ubuntu bootable usb- Instead of selecting "Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7" option, I selected "Something else" option- Using my free space (~400GB), created a primary swap space with ~33GB capacity- Made the rest of free space as a primary mount point ( option: / )- Since my system has normal BIOS (not efi), I selected my device's name to install.The problem happens right here - no matter which drive I select to install, it gives me warning and askes me to return and correct the error. Here is what it says:"The partition table in use on your disks normally requires you to create separate partitin for boot loader code. This partition should be marked for use as a "Reserved BIOS boot area" and should be at least 1MB size. Note that this is not the same as a partition mounted on /root. If you do not go back to the partitioning menu and correct this error, boot loader installation may fail later ..." Please advise. I appreciate everyone's help.

A:Installing Ubuntu 16.04.2 alongside Windows 7

Why don't you want to use the option to boot along side Windows? I have done this many times. You could set up EBCD in Windows to manage what to boot to, as well as installing Grub in Ubuntu and also manage your start up. With that I mean, it will allow you to have either OS as a default Boot. Maybe elaborate on what you are trying to do.

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Hi All, I'm a beginner so please bear with me.... I'm hoping to install the Windows 7 RC onto my PC tomorrow. As far as I can tell all I need to do is create a separate partition on the hard drive,then install the disc. My concern is how do I tell Windows 7 which partition to load onto? If the installation procedure asks me which partition to load it to then I can direct it to the correct drive and all should be fine but if it doesn't ask me I'm concerned it will load into c: drive and therefor wipe everything off the machine. I'll have my info backed-up and I'm happy with creating partitions but i'm unsure how to 'tell' windows 7 which drive to load to. I'd read that I can make the c:drive 'inactive' and I can also hide it but if I do so how will the machine boot? (Or do I not need the machine to boot as I'm loading on O/S disc?!
Getting more confused as I write this!
I'd appreciate any help anyone can provide. Thanks.

A:Solved: Installing Windows 7 alongside XP

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Hello i have a couple of questions i want to try a different os for my windows 7 computer but im pretty confused on which one too use. theres this one ubuntu Ubuntu online tour and then linux New features in Linux Mint 13 - Linux Mint which one should i try out and is it user friendly? and how many other os are there for windows 7 im pretty confused... and before i download it should i backup my pc before i install it. any input would be helpful. thanks

A:want to try unbuntu and linux or linux mint

Linux mint is comparatively easier to use, as it's GUI is similar to Windows. On the other hand, Ubuntu or Fedora look a bit different, but the functions are basically the same.

It will be a good idea to take a backup before installation.

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I am planning to buy T480s which comes with Windows 10 64 bit. I want to make it dual boot. I checked in UBuntu site and found it listed at https://certification.ubuntu.com/hardware/201801-26058/However I didnt find the hardware component listed on Lenovo sitehttps://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/solutions/pd031426a) Will it be wise to press forward and buy T480s or shall I buy T470s which is listed in Lenovo siteb) While surfing through the previous topics I found people faced problem in dual booting on  UEFI. Is there a special guideline for Lenovo users? I will be doing it myself and I have no prior knowledge to dual booting. My colleague used to do it for me, and now he has left.Thanks in advanceNeil

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I would like to purchase and install another copy of Windows dedicated entirely to French. I know that I need an additional license, and my question is about how to install it and on which drive? I already have a dual boot Windows 7 and Xubuntu. Also, I am planning to transfer the current C: drive and the new OS drive to a 250GB SSD.

My current setup is a single 500MB Seagate SATA 3

C: current boot drive: drive 80GB
D: 50GB data
E: 60GB data
F: 60GB data
W: 90GB data
Ext4 25GB Xubuntu
Ext4 42GB data
Ext4 42 data
Swap 6GB

A:Installing a copy of French Windows 7 alongside the current English

You can install it on any drive or partition you want. It should be at least 60 GB.

Personally if you have room in your box for another drive, that`s what I would put it on.

Use a Solid State Drive, they are cheap

SSD 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III 120GB | Samsung Solid State Drives

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I switched to linux mint about a year ago but would like to go back to win 7. I have windows on a usb but can't seem to figure out how to install it over my linux. Any help please? Thank you.

A:I want to go from linux mint to win 7

You will need to boot from the Windows Installer USB. But make sure you have a valid COA to activate it with after you install it or its a pointless endeavor.

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newbie here, am really frustated trying to installL linux Mint-14. Every time I enter my (password) it says
(password) does not match, have reset the password 3 times, any help appreciated, OS: Windows 7 Home Premium, am logged into the forum with this password, thanks


A:Help, Linux Mint-14

Not a big Linux user, albeit sometimes if you use upper case with any log in this can be a problem. The only thing I can really recommend is to reinstall and make sure that you write down both the user name and the password down before entering into the OS; this way you will hopefully have no further problems.

Good Luck. . ., and BTW, "Welcome to the Seven Forums."

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I know that this is a Windows 7 forums but the people on this site are so much faster in getting things done than most sites which I appreciate.

I was just wondering how to delete some keys that "apt-get update" checks for... when I run the command in terminal this is what I get at the bottom

W: Failed to fetch http://download.virtualbox.org/virtu...amd64/Packages 404 Not found

W: Failed to fetch http://download.virtualbox.org/virtu...-i386/Packages 404 Not found

E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

A:Linux Mint 12 x64


I don't think you can edit the repositories directly, although I may be wrong. I suggest changing your software sources to the main server, or another mirror, and then trying:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
If this doesn't solve the problem, check to see whether Synaptic Package Manager is open elsewhere, and close it before running these commands.


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I have bought a second-hand computer a Dell Latitude D520, it didn't have a operating system on it, I installed Linux Mint. I already had a BT hub and tried a wireless connection with the hub but didn't succeed, the wireless device on the computer is enabled, I contacted the people I bought the computer from they recon the Linux drivers are not compatible with BT broadband, do you have any suggestions?

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Hi there

Linux Mint (17) QIANA now released

I Am trying this in a VM now before testing on a REAL machine. I'm looking for good things with this release --it's a LTS (Long Term support) release which will be supported until 2019.

This is the sort of things I've been looking for -- I tend to use Linux as an everyday desktop and like the idea of Long term release support -- one of the main reasons I chose OPENSUSE over a lot of other ones - but I do prefer a debian based system over an RPM based one like SUSE even though I haven't had too many complaints with it.

(I recommend you use the LEGAL torrent in their links - it's a lot faster than some of the servers until the mirrors get loaded up with the new release).

The Linux Mint Blog ? Blog Archive ? Linux Mint 17 ?Qiana? Cinnamon RC released!


A:Linux users - Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" releaed

Originally Posted by jimbo45

Hi there

Linux Mint (17) QIANA now released

I Am trying this in a VM now before testing on a REAL machine. I'm looking for good things with this release --it's a LTS (Long Term support) release which will be supported until 2019.

This is the sort of things I've been looking for -- I tend to use Linux as an everyday desktop and like the idea of Long term release support -- one of the main reasons I chose OPENSUSE over a lot of other ones - but I do prefer a debian based system over an RPM based one like SUSE even though I haven't had too many complaints with it.

(I recommend you use the LEGAL torrent in their links - it's a lot faster than some of the servers until the mirrors get loaded up with the new release).

The Linux Mint Blog ? Blog Archive ? Linux Mint 17 ?Qiana? Cinnamon RC released!


Yup... great news...Just to emphasise - Qiana is RC at the moment...

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I installed Linux Mint on my external HDD. Worked fine. Booted Linux when external HDD was plugged in, Win7 when not. Unfortunately at one point Linux Mint updated its kernel headers and I suppose it made an update to Grub with this. => no boot to Win7 although all data was still there.
I tried a Win7 recovery cd image via USB-Stick (no cd drive available) => no windows found.
I tried bootrec, bootsect, but that did not help ("element not found").
There was a drive E: with 100mb which held a /boot folder.
C: (with win7 on it) did not.
I tried diskpart for activating partitions etc.
Nothing worked.
Someone suggested "sudo update-grub" in linux mint (still worked if plugged in). That one found windows and it looked like it was making an entry for it (beneath diverse linux mint options).
Next restart brought only a grub-console, but no boot options. => no linux either now.
I restartet using USB-Win7 recovery. Now the 100mb partition is gone (I suppose thats ok, since I sat it to hidden+boot in gparted), all the drive letters are wildly assigned in diskpart and I do not know what to do now.

Thx for any help, Tommy

A:Destroyed BCD with Linux Mint

Linux has obviously grabbed complete control over your boot process. If you are going to fix this I have a feeling you'll have more luck on the linux forums than here.

Though I personally only deal with linux when I have too. It's possible some people here are different.

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is it possible to have a running version of windows 8 as my main operating but some time boot to Linux mint if so what is the smallest distribution of Linux mint

A:windows8 and linux mint

Hello James, take a look at this: http://thpc.info/dual/win7/install_mint_inside_win7.html This article might answer some questions for you. I know it's a windows 7 installations but most everything that runs on 7 will run on 8 also.

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Hello all,
After some searching I thought I'd ask here.  Does anyone know of a system-wide EQ for Linux Mint, similar to the Realtek one in windows?  I did come across one called PulseAudio, but that seems to be either out of date or not maintained anymore from what I read.  Not a big deal, just like having the ability to dial in half decent sounds on youtube and the like.
Apologies if I missed this already.

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I am new to the forum and I hope that I am posting this in the right area. I have installed Linux Mint on an old computer that will not boot to Windows. I have Mint up and running. I want to get some things off that old computer like pictures. I have found the pictures and would like to copy those pictures from Mint to a USB drive but I cannot get it to work. Can this be done and if so can you guide me?

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