bigj231 wrote:Sorry I haven't responded sooner. I've been a bit busy with personal stuff.
If you select install alongside Windows 8, it won't erase anything from the disc, so Windows 7 will be there as well. Again, I prefer manual partitioning so that I can see what's going on. If you do that, then don't delete anything, but just make the necessary partitions. I usually do "/", "/home", and swap. Don't forget to format "/" and "/home" to your preferred file system. I like EXT4 on my SSD, and I haven't had problems with it on regular drives either.
In the older version of GRUB, you could just point the bootloader to the correct partition of your windows installs. for example, say that Windows 7 was on the first partition, you would use something like "chainloader +1 hd0,0" I don't recall the correct syntax, as I haven't used it for quite some time. Once you get Mint installed, you can work out the issues with the bootloader. Just make sure to back up any files before you modify them.
I found another link that might help with the windows bootloaders. Follow the instructions and then update GRUB. http://superuser.com/questions/448707/how-to-boot-directly-into-vista-and-windows-8-from-grub-without-the-microsoft-bo
Good luck with getting your system working.
EDIT: If you follow the instruction in that link, you might have to reinstall GRUB. Not very difficult, but just something to be aware of. I've never messed with the windows boot loaders on a dual-boot machine.
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