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Installing Mint after Windows 7

Postby UpSideDown on Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:21 pm

What is the best way to go about installing Mint on a PC that already has Windows 7 on it. I don't want a virtual drive, so ill have to duel boot.

Thanks for any help.
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Re: Installing Mint after Windows 7

Postby rhY on Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:36 pm

Couldn't be simpler. Burn a Mint CD, put it in the CD drive while Windows 7 is on and running and do a Wubi install. Before you do this though, I recommend a clean Windows 7 install with *edit. It is much cleaner/faster than stock Windows 7. Then if you decide you hate Mint (which I've never seen happen. Not once!), then you can just remove it as if it was an application in the Windows Add/Remove settings.

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Re: Installing Mint after Windows 7

Postby PoEd-De-Man on Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:26 pm

rhY wrote:Couldn't be simpler. Burn a Mint CD, put it in the CD drive while Windows 7 is on and running and do a Wubi install. Before you do this though, I recommend a clean Windows 7 install with removed. It is much cleaner/faster than stock Windows 7. Then if you decide you hate Mint (which I've never seen happen. Not once!), then you can just remove it as if it was an application in the Windows Add/Remove settings.


Hi, I am beta testing Windows 7 at the moment and I think I could benefit with Mint installed on the machine. Until now I have been using the Live cd which has been running on and off for about 3 months now, it is still fast. I have a windows 7 partion on half the drive (200GB) and the rest is unused waiting for Linux, Mint. Is it possible to just install it to the unused space and let GRUB boot Windows? If not where do I get Wubi for Mint?

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Re: Installing Mint after Windows 7

Postby rhY on Mon Sep 14, 2009 2:39 pm

Wubi is built in the Mint CD. Just boot into Windows, double click the CD with Mint, then double click install inside windows, and it installs the OS like an application under Windows. Then when you reboot, you can go into either OS.

Mint is MUCH faster when installed, and not run on the live CD. Plus it is more configurable, and there are tons of other advantages. If later you decide having the dual boot option isn't for you (for whatever reason), you can just go add/remove in Windows and delete Mint altogether.
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Re: Installing Mint after Windows 7

Postby Zwopper on Mon Sep 14, 2009 2:49 pm

PoEd-De-Man wrote:Hi, I am beta testing Windows 7 at the moment and I think I could benefit with Mint installed on the machine. Until now I have been using the Live cd which has been running on and off for about 3 months now, it is still fast. I have a windows 7 partion on half the drive (200GB) and the rest is unused waiting for Linux, Mint. Is it possible to just install it to the unused space and let GRUB boot Windows? If not where do I get Wubi for Mint?

Start the Live CD - click install - select your unused partition - and away you go! :)
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Re: Installing Mint after Windows 7

Postby PoEd-De-Man on Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:14 am

Zwopper wrote:
PoEd-De-Man wrote:Hi, I am beta testing Windows 7 at the moment and I think I could benefit with Mint installed on the machine. Until now I have been using the Live cd which has been running on and off for about 3 months now, it is still fast. I have a windows 7 partion on half the drive (200GB) and the rest is unused waiting for Linux, Mint. Is it possible to just install it to the unused space and let GRUB boot Windows? If not where do I get Wubi for Mint?

Start the Live CD - click install - select your unused partition - and away you go! :)


Zwopper that was ace!!! I downloaded Mint 7 as I was running the Linux Format cover DVD version that did not have the windows installer. I tried installing from Windows 7 and it installed but did nothing to the menu on boot up. :x I manually partioned the unused space with a root and swap and Mint did the rest. I now have a Grub menu that allows me to boot either system. :P

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