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# 177300 29-Jul-2015 08:53
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As above, I have a HTPC with Mint running and want to dual boot it with Win 7. Can I partition the Mint OS to protect it before loading W7 on as a dual boot?

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  # 1354116 29-Jul-2015 09:09
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Looks like this might be the guide I am after. http://linux.about.com/od/LinuxNewbieDesktopGuide/ss/The-Ultimate-Windows-7-And-Ubuntu-Linux-Dual-Boot-Guide.htm

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  # 1402182 8-Oct-2015 09:21
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It is the wrong way round though. That is starting with Windows and putting in linux, which is easy. The big problem is Windows doesn't care about other bootloaders. It will simply overwrite them and you will only have a Windows boot. Linux plays nice and grub finds other bootloaders and adds them to it's boot options.
Steps will probably work like this - Use diskpart to free up some partition space on the Mint install. Install Windows into that blank partition. Don't be alarmed when it only boots to Windows after install. Follow a guide like this one on HTG. It will allow you to reinstall grub as the default bootloader. This should pick up your Windows and Mint installs and place boot entries in the loader for them. It goes without saying, backup everything first for if it all goes wrong.




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  # 1402183 8-Oct-2015 09:25
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Hey thanks for that.

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  # 1402198 8-Oct-2015 09:42
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Oh wow, I just realised that was from Julyembarassed. Hope it went well.




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  # 1402201 8-Oct-2015 09:44
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No worries I didnt get around to it and now you have reminded me


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