Read your long posts..
Felt I should write something..
vandalheart wrote: I wanted to hold on to as much of my windows as I could.
The more I used Linux, the more I would still keep Win7
excited to be free of proprietary software once more.
hmmm...not all are free.
All was awesome until I decided to reboot into windows, and boom it hits me with a blue flash and reboots. My worst nightmare, broken windows
Well. no surprise.
And thb, this would not be the first round.
However I use some simple thing so that around 10 machine I supported would stay sane for those users...
from past experience, windows startup recovery(which was my only option from windows side) bombed grub in the restoration process and made my old PC entirely unbootable, and I cancelled this to boot back into mint.
and from my experience, win7 will repair itself and make itself bootable, almost most of the time.
I dont understand why windows 7 can boot in recovery mode and completely fail to recognize a partition.
I keep thing simple so that if win7 choose to recover, or repair, it can be more safe to make itself bootable as well as retain all Linux OSes to be bootable as well
is there possibly some utility that allows me to "normalize" the partitions so that it doesnt seem "broken" to windows7?
just simple partitioning... usually on linux it would be gparted.
im not too worried about re installing mint but I would rather not re install windows as I dont have a disk.
and I dont even worry about reinstall win7, its iso are available in MS site. and some other site.
I have enough win7 iso so if I need it to repair someone else computer, I can use MS application to make a CD or just make USB stick, but the computer must be able to boot from USB.
Could I get it to remove mint and restore the partition to original?
just need to understand one important point:
the basic is to have a simple partition scheme, where I can enjoy all free Linux OSes and retain WinXP/7, coexit happily, not interfering each other.
Then, each time you want to clean up partitioning of hard disk, just remember, any partition editor, whether it is Linux (gparted, parted, fdisk.....etc) or Windows third party software, win7 native disk management tool, etc, just read to see which one guaranteed that it WILL WORK without risk.... to me, I remember only the risk of making partition unbootable and cause data lost.
So my learned solution is : back up
I backup OS as well as data outside the computer hard disk..
to restore a 10G Linux OS, it is about 2-3 minutes. not too bad
to restore a 100G Win7 partition, well, it takes much longer due to the huge size.
but I didnt expect it to bust my windows.
seriously, just learn the trick on boot loader.. and it should gain some sanity..
however, something new, Win8/secured boot, will trip a lot more. I am staying away