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Dual boot with Win7

Postby albinoi » Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:14 pm

Hi all,

New Linux user here. Just tried installing Linux Mint 14 on a dual boot with Win7, but this crashed midway.

(Silly fellow that I am, I neglected to take a screenshot of the error - but it occured as I was trying to change the allocation of space for the OS on the hard drive, which I probably shouldn't have been bothering with)

Anyway, when I ran the installer again, the top option ("dual boot with Windows 7" or such) had gone. I am left now just with the option of replacing Windows 7 - which I do not wish to do - or tinkering with the partitions - which I don't really don't know how to do.

I'd like to get that option back. Anyone got any ideas?

Some specs:

Processor 2x Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4300 @ 2.10GHz
Memory 3977MB (722MB used)
Operating System Linux Mint 14 Nadia
User Name mint (Live session user)
Date/Time Mon 25 Mar 2013 05:12:25 PM UTC
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X11 Vendor The X.Org Foundation
Audio Adapter HDA-Intel - HDA Intel
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Acer BMA150 accelerometer
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HDA Intel HDMI/DP,pcm 3=
HDA Intel Mic
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Re: Dual boot with Win7

Postby viking777 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:40 pm

It probably means you already have 4 primary partitions, and that is all you are allowed to have, so you have to create space by deleting another partition. It is quite an involved process and is due to computer manufacturers having no idea that anything exists except windows. The process is too complicated for the installer to carry out on its own so you will have to 'tinker with partitions' whether you like it or not, sorry.

There is a very detailed description of what you need to do here (post number 9):


It is about Ubuntu, but the principles are exactly the same.
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