Install Windows 7 alongside LM18.3: tutorial?

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Install Windows 7 alongside LM18.3: tutorial?

Post by Juanmac » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:04 pm

I’m now using LM 18.3 and I want to install W7 in the same HDD but I cant find any tutorial to do it this way, does someone knows of any? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Install Windows 7 among LM18.3 tutorial?

Post by ajgringo619 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:42 pm

Unfortunately installing Windows afterwards leads to major headaches. I used this tutorial to install Windows 7 THEN Mint 18.3, and both work as advertised.
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... nt-install
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Re: Install Windows 7 among LM18.3 tutorial?

Post by Reorx » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:52 pm

Please post a Gparted screenshot of your HD.
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Re: Install Windows 7 among LM18.3 tutorial?

Post by Juanmac » Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:29 pm

Reorx wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:52 pm
Please post a Gparted screenshot of your HD.
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Re: Install Windows 7 among LM18.3 tutorial?

Post by Reorx » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:44 pm

OK, as you know, when you install Windoze on a HD that has Linux on it, you will BORK the Linux boot loader (GRUB)... We'll get back to this later... You need to decide how much disk space you want to devote to each OS. You will then shrink your / partition (SDA2) to make some unallocated disk space that you can use to create the NTFS partition for Windoze. Once you have created your NTFS partition, you can install windoze to it. So let's get back to that boot loader problem... You will have 2 choices:

1) Make room for win7 and install it. This will bork your boot loader. You can then repair the GRUB on the disk and you will be able to dual boot W7 & Mint.

2) Back up your data and then set up you partitions for both installations. Then, install Win7 to the NTFS partition. Then install Mint to the ext4 partition. Then restore your data... I would choose this path if you are inclined to upgrade your Mint to LM19 when it is approved for stable release in a few days. You can test the Beta for LM19 now to check hardware compatibility.
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Re: Install Windows 7 among LM18.3 tutorial?

Post by Juanmac » Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:37 am

Reorx wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:44 pm
I think i will follow the 1st option, i do not have in mind to actualizate right now. But I have some doubts before starting the installation:
1. do I create the NTFS partition with gparted or i leave it unassigned and let the windows installer do it on its own
2. is there any guarantee that grub repair will work after the windows breaks LM grub? I know there are lots of tutorials to repair it, but any you can recommend me? I know it can be sort of a sticky issue.

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Re: Install Windows 7 among LM18.3 tutorial?

Post by Reorx » Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:48 am

Juanmac wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:37 am
I think i will follow the 1st option, i do not have in mind to actualizate right now. But I have some doubts before starting the installation:
1. do I create the NTFS partition with gparted or i leave it unassigned and let the windows installer do it on its own?
You will have to shrink your SDA2. Then create an NTFS partition in the unallocated space that results from the shrink. You will have to do both operations while booted to a Live Mint USB or DVD - You can not shrink a partition that is mounted and when you run Mint from your HD, SDA2 is mounted.
Juanmac wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:37 am
2. is there any guarantee that grub repair will work after the windows breaks LM grub? I know there are lots of tutorials to repair it, but any you can recommend me? I know it can be sort of a sticky issue.
Yeah, no guarantees that I know of. Read/watch a few tutorials and you should be able to get it done. You should probably back up any important data BEFORE starting all these manipulations - just in case it all goes sideways!
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