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Replacing Windows without disturbing Linux

 
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heiowge
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:41 pm    Post subject: Replacing Windows without disturbing Linux Reply with quote

Ok, I'm sure it's possible. Is it easy though?

Can I replace XP on my XP / Ubuntu 9.04 dual boot with Windows 7 without major damage to my Ubuntu setup.

I can reinstall ubuntu but i'd rather not. I've only just got it back to the way I like it after the last reinstall!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can install Windows 7 to your Windows XP partition but you will have to rewrite the MBR using GRUB.

You can find the instructions at Reinstall Ubuntu Grub Bootloader After Windows Wipes it Out.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

followed instructions. setup (hd0) failed.

rebooted and no grub. went straight to win7.

ideas?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heiowge wrote:
followed instructions. setup (hd0) failed.

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ideas?


One idea would be to tell us the output from setup (hd0), then we might be able to do more than guess why it may have failed.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heiowge wrote:
rebooted and no grub. went straight to win7


Well, you definitely didn't overwrite the MBR Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thankyou for that! Rolling Eyes

I have managed to get it back up and running, but had to reinstall and set up compiz, ubuntu tweak and god knows what else. I just wish that the discs had a "reinstall grub menu after windows install" option. Maybe a request for a new option for the cover discs?

Bearing in mind just how many linux users have dual boot systems with windows and that a lot of them will be installing Win7 atm, wouldn't it be nice to show just how easy it is to repair the damage windows does?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This topic has been covered many times! A quick google comes up with loads of help forum threads the best of which is here Rolling Eyes

heiowge you can expect a severe telling off from nelz for doing a re-install rather than fixing the problem Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, I didn't do a reinstall. Sorta. I followed loads of different advice sets, none of which worked as advertised.

The last one said to reinstall, but not use the format option. How was I supposed to know that it'd remove some software! The guide (off ubuntu forums, which had lots of people saying how well it worked) seemed like a good method.

And yes. First thing I did was search round forums, starting with this one. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's worse than a reinstall. Repeat100 times, Linux is not Windows.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not entirely sure how that helps me though! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll learn Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nelz wrote:
You'll learn Wink


... and that's important.
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