I've ended up with a dual boot mess. I've put Mint on my old Win 7 machine but (a) Windows 7 won't boot at all and (b) Mint can't see the old Win 7 data because Windows has the dreaded Fast Restart switched on so Linux thinks Windows is always active and (c) I can't switch Fast Restart because of (a). What I'd like to do is to kill Win 7 dead with a stake though its heart; and if possible, I'd prefer to preserve the Windows data. So I'd prefer not to simply format the disk with Mint and then re-install Mint. This must involve deleting some kind of master boot record or something, please can anyone tell me in simple terms how to do that? I'm not sure what information to provide but in case the inxi output is useful, that is below my signature.
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System: Host: Islam-Dell-System-XPS-L502X Kernel: 3.16.0-38-generic i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.8.2) Desktop: Cinnamon 2.6.11 Distro: Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela Machine: System: Dell product: Dell System XPS L502X Mobo: Dell model: 0YR8NN version: A00 Bios: Dell version: A12 date: 09/07/2012 CPU: Dual core Intel Core i5-2410M CPU (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9179.24 Clock Speeds: 1: 821.082 MHz 2: 1290.066 MHz 3: 823.867 MHz 4: 817.218 MHz Graphics: Card-1: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 Card-2: NVIDIA GF108M [GeForce GT 525M] bus-ID: 01:00.0 X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: nouveau Resolution: email@example.com GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Mobile x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.16.0-38-generic Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 2000 bus-ID: 06:00.0 IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 [Condor Peak] driver: iwlwifi ver: in-tree: bus-ID: 03:00.0 IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (1.1% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST500LT012 size: 500.1GB Partition: ID: / size: 21G used: 5.1G (27%) fs: ext4 RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0C mobo: 53.0C gpu: 50.0 Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 172 Uptime: 1:10 Memory: 497.6/5977.3MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.2 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.11) inxi: 1.9.17