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Old 04-12-2013, 05:28 AM   #1
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Question installing Kali Linux over Backtrack


hey guys,

my current config is dual boot windows 7 and backtrack 5 r3.

due to some changes, i will be now installing Kali Linux over backtrack. But I am not sure if the installation will hamper the Windows 7 boot.

I need to replace backtrack completely (including the grub entry of it) and install Kali Linux with its grub entry along with windows 7.

Please guide.
 
Old 04-12-2013, 10:59 AM   #2
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How about formatting the partition bt5 was installed on when the kali installer asks you where to put it...
Since you do not alter the windows related partitions (the small "/boot" one and the large "system" one), win7 will have no problem at all.
 
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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you also might want to read the kali FAQ
in particular the " should i use kali" Q and A

"Should I Use Kali Linux?"
http://docs.kali.org/introduction/sh...use-kali-linux
--- To quote the warning ---
" Is Kali Linux Right For You?"
Warning:
As the distribution developers, one would likely expect us to recommend that everyone use Kali Linux. The fact of the matter is however, that Kali is a Linux distribution specifically geared towards professional penetration testing and security auditing and as such, it is NOT a recommended distribution for those unfamiliar with Linux.

In addition, misuse of security tools within your network, particularly without permission, may cause irreparable damage and result in significant consequences.



and " Dual Boot Kali with Windows"
http://docs.kali.org/installation/du...i-with-windows
 
Old 04-12-2013, 04:20 PM   #4
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You should have no trouble doing this at all.

You have been running Backtrack, based on Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is based on Debian.

Kali is based on Debian.

As far as grub goes there should be no problems at all. If there are there are a couple things you can do to make sure everything works.

Backup to USB Stick or optical disk your /boot/grub/grub.cfg file. This is where your menu entry is for your MS install. This can be used to get you an entry for that install in your new Kali install if every thing else fails.

When you install, assuming they use the Debian installer, it should list for you the other OS's on your HDD. See if MS is listed there.

If not go ahead with installing grub to the MBR.

Check the grub screen menu to see if MS is in there. If it is it will work. If not don't panic, simply boot to Kali.

When booted to Kali open a terminal and, as root, run;
Code:
update-grub
This should fix the problem right there.

If it should for some reason not do that copy your backed up MS menu entry and put it in your Kali custom menu entry script, again as root;
Code:
gedit /etc/grub.d/40_custom
Save the file and then rerun "update-grub".

It is very rare that grub, when installed by any distros installer, fails to pick up a MS install.
 
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:49 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by widget View Post
You should have no trouble doing this at all.

You have been running Backtrack, based on Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is based on Debian.

Kali is based on Debian.

As far as grub goes there should be no problems at all. If there are there are a couple things you can do to make sure everything works.

Backup to USB Stick or optical disk your /boot/grub/grub.cfg file. This is where your menu entry is for your MS install. This can be used to get you an entry for that install in your new Kali install if every thing else fails.

When you install, assuming they use the Debian installer, it should list for you the other OS's on your HDD. See if MS is listed there.

If not go ahead with installing grub to the MBR.

Check the grub screen menu to see if MS is in there. If it is it will work. If not don't panic, simply boot to Kali.

When booted to Kali open a terminal and, as root, run;
Code:
update-grub
This should fix the problem right there.

If it should for some reason not do that copy your backed up MS menu entry and put it in your Kali custom menu entry script, again as root;
Code:
gedit /etc/grub.d/40_custom
Save the file and then rerun "update-grub".

It is very rare that grub, when installed by any distros installer, fails to pick up a MS install.
thnx a lot...!!! will have to try your method also
 
  


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