This is my first post, I tried to read in this forum and tried to find a similar situation, but I couldn't find anything that answered to my questions, so here I am.
I just saw yesterday how neat Mint is, and after having tried for a week Fedora 17 I decided to have a go with Mint on my computer, which currently runs Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Consumer Preview(*) and Fedora 17 64 bit.
However, I have some issues created by the Fedora install. Loader
The Loader displays only "Fedora", and "Windows 8 (loader)". If I select Windows 8, the computer will reboot and display the Windows 8 loader, with the option of Windows 7 and Windows 8 (but not Fedora). Also, from file manager in Windows I cannot see the Fedora partitions, I think it's related.
With the new Mint install I would want to avoid all this. I would like whichever boot loader to start and to display all 3 operating systems. And Mint to behave like Windows 7 behaves with regard to Window 8 (and vice versa) How can I avoid what is happening now?
(*) Windows 8 Consumer Preview is due to expire on January, hence I'd prefer not to have its booter.Partitions
Which kind of partitions do I need? This is the map of my Hard disk 0, well, the only hard disk in the computer:
Being all the partitions after the Windows 8 one all destined to Fedora.
Can I simply wipe off Fedora deleting the last 4 partitions and leaving unallocated space for the Mint install to decide what needs to be done?
Or would this just mess up the whole machine as it will try to point to a no longer existent OS? The actual process. I used to install Fedora a 1Gb USB key, and would like to do the same with Mint (at least to try it live). How should I delete whatever is on the key at the moment? Would a simple format of the USB device work?
***Well, I'll just try, I guess it's the most sensible thing to do****
Thanks a lot in advance for the abundant answers (I hope)