I had a laptop with Windows 7 and Linus Mint Nadia as dual boot. The boot loader was Windows as the partition is encrypted and GRUB wouldn't be able to boot it up (or even find it for that matter).
Well, Nadia's support was about to expire so I decided to try LMDE as it would never ask me to do an upgrade like the ubuntu versions require. I downloaded the LMDE 201403 boot it up, installed it and went through the process. When reaching the partition selection I was able to see the NTFS partition for windows, and reused the old Nadia partition for LMDE, then the screen where I either select or de-select the GRUB installation came up. By default, GRUB Installation checkbox is checked.. so I cleared it as I don't want it.. I finalized the installation and it was time to reboot into my newly LMDE installation.
Before rebooting I capture the first 512 bytes from the LMDE partition so i can boot into it from windows boot loader. rebooted the lap.
Resuts? GRUB WAS THERE! is this a bug? or is there a catch ? I lost my Windows installation as GRUB would not find it even when i ran the "os-probe" command and ran any other trick out there.
anybody has that same experience?