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Linux/Windows dual boot problem

Postby justin f on Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:45 am

Hey, all. I recently installed Linux Mint 13 on my computer alongside Windows 7. However, it seems that GRUB has overwritten the Windows boot loader, so I can no longer boot Windows. How can I reinstall the windows boot loader, and will I be able to use it to boot Linux? Or Do I basically have to choose one OS to use?

Something extra: I do not have any Windows installation media. The computer's owner had the OS installed by a friend who never gave her the disk. Will I have to search for the boot loader, or do I have to get an install disk? Or am I just SOL here?
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Re: Linux/Windows dual boot problem

Postby viking777 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:42 am

Just install boot-repair and follow the steps here:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

If you decide you want to use only Windows without linux try this:

viewtopic.php?f=42&t=108274
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Re: Linux/Windows dual boot problem

Postby justin f on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:35 pm

Is there any way for me to do this dual boot without having to buy something? Because in order to use that boot repair, I have to either buy a CD for Ubuntu or buy a CD for boot repair disk.
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Re: Linux/Windows dual boot problem

Postby viking777 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:50 pm

You didn't read the tutorial, or my reply.

You don't have to buy anything, you download and install boot-repair onto Mint 13 and run it from there.

connect internet

- open a new Terminal, then type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair && sudo apt-get update

- Press Enter.

- Then type:

sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair

- Press Enter
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