New to Mint but not to linux.
Having read many of the threads dealing with grub/loading problems and seen a lot of good info there here is a procedure which works for me.
For those users who dual/multiboot boot windows and mint (or any flavor of linux) this is the method I use. BTW I did not invent this.http://www.tprthai.net/bootmgr.htm
describes the procedure.
Basically it copies the linux boot sector using the dd command (bytes=512) (count=1) to the windows boot drive (generally C:) and modifying boot.ini by adding a line:to boot.ini:
I use C:\mintboot.dos="Linux Mint"
For PCLinuxOS, also on my system, C:\pclboot.dos="PCLinuxOS)
Reboot to windows and you will see 'Linux Mint' on the menu.. Select that entry and boot to Mint
If you are nervous about writing directly to your boot drive,write to a floppy or USB flashdrive and copy to the windows boot drive after booting to windows.
It is also possible to add Mint to the Vista boot menu using easybcd. This is a bit tricky since easybcd asks for a partition in DOS terms. Depending on where your Mint is located say hda4 or 8, the translation can be tricky.
My PCLinux is on/dev/hda19 but boots from a 75 MB boot partition /dev/hda6. It turned out that entering partition 3 in bcdedit did the trick.
Normally subtract 3 from your Mint partition and enter that value.
Easybcd has a menu entry to add an OS. Select Linux, name your OS and set the harddisk and partition e.g. disk 0, partition 20 in my case where mint is on /dev/hda23.
It really works, I can boot Mint from the Vista boot menu.
Trial and error works here. A wrong entry will not harm your system.
To really ice the cake I added PCLinuxOS to the Mint boot menu and Mint to the PCLinuxOS boot menu. Not needed but it is a way to learn more about linux.
BTW I use System Commander to boot about 5 OS's on my system and have entries on the Commander menu for PCLinuxOS but that does not work for Mint probably because Mint is on /dev/hda23 and for some reason setting that partition bootable does not work.
Edited to replace bcdedit with easybcd.