[SOLVED]Advice for adding Windows 10 partition

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[SOLVED]Advice for adding Windows 10 partition

Post by muchagecko » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:47 pm

I'm happy with Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon. I'm getting used to using great open source programs: Inkscape, LibreOffice, etc.

But I'm a frustrated gamer and C# programmer. After trying a bunch of different ways to get things to work on Mint, I've decided to set up a Windows 10 partition for the games and Visual Studio.

I found what looks like a decent article for this: https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... nt-install

It suggests installing Windows 10 first - should I wipe over Mint with Win10, then add it back? If so, is there a list of what I should backup before doing that?

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Re: Advice for adding Windows 10 partition

Post by AZgl1500 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:55 pm

From someone who just went thru that, here is my laundry list for a perfect recovery.

1: Save all of the /home Data files to extUSB HDD

2: Fire up Aptik and let it grind for 2 or 3 hours creating a full backup of your Apps and Preferences to that extUSB HDD. This will allow you to clone as many PCs of any make/model/size to the original PC. I went from an ASUS to a Dell, perfect clone.
( having a SSD will shorten the times immensely )

Do the Windows install:

Do the Linux install alongside and decide how big you want that partition.

Run Aptik and do a Restore: this assumes that you installed the same OS/Desktop, won't work otherwise.

Import [/home[/c] and you are done.

Now, run Timeshift and create a Baseline and set up the Autobkups if you want any.

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Re: Advice for adding Windows 10 partition

Post by gm10 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:58 pm

^ there's no reason to wipe your Linux Mint and its data though. Just create an NTFS partition for Windows, then install Windows into that. Windows will overwrite an existing Linux boot loader, so once you're done with the Windows installation boot into a Linux Mint live USB and re-install grub (see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Recov ... ingWindows for options on how to do that).

edit: thx AZgl1500, fixed
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Re: Advice for adding Windows 10 partition

Post by AZgl1500 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:25 pm

^^^^

I like that better, but I think you MEANT "done with the Windows installation"

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Re: Advice for adding Windows 10 partition

Post by Pierre » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:51 pm

ideally, you should wipe the entire drive,
and then re-partition it, into an partition setup that suits you.
ie: 1 - 2 partitions for windows system & 2 - 3 partitions for linux system

then install windows first off & reboot into that,
& then install linux secondly & reboot into that.
- that should get you a working dual_boot system.
8)
The Other Way, is to fire up Gparted & shrink the existing LinuxMint partition back a bit,
& preferably at the Start of that Drive, as that is where the windows system likes to be placed.
- then install the windows into that new partition(s) and reboot, to check that it works okay.
finally boot a Live Media of LinuxMint & repair the Linux Grub Boot Loader,
as it was replaced by the windows boot loader.
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Re: Advice for adding Windows 10 partition

Post by muchagecko » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:29 pm

Thanks so much!

I'll start by creating a backup of everything with Aptik (thanks, AZgl1500).

Then either wipe it all clean, install Windows then Mint, or move Linux over and install Windows.

I'm not sure which would be easiest, but I'm leaning towards shrinking the Linux partition a bit and just adding Windows (thanks gm10 & Pierre).

I'll mark this as solved as soon as I've finished!

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Re: Advice for adding Windows 10 partition

Post by muchagecko » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:22 pm

Something went wrong when I backed up everything overnight and my hard drive had been overwritten until it was full. I ended up just pulling essential files from it and then adding Win 10 and then Linux.

I got some tips from this article: https://itsfoss.com/guide-install-linux ... t-windows/

Thanks all for the help. I've got Win10 and Linux Mint 19 running now!

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Re: [SOLVED]Advice for adding Windows 10 partition

Post by AZgl1500 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:30 pm

hope you had Aptik backup stored off the PC to a USB drive so you could restore Linux to the way it was before the crash.

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