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Old 05-15-2015, 07:54 PM   #1
Dazhann
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fresh install of windows on dual mint


I wish to do a fresh install of win 8 over the tech preview 10 which is on my dual boot system. On my partition win 10 is on the left and mint 17 is on the right. I'm afraid that even though I'll direct win 8 to install over win10 it will also wipe out my mint installation because of its position on the partition. Can someone confirm this?
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:35 PM   #2
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Caveat - I've never installed Win8.
Normally Windoze will only recognise partitions it knows about - NTFS and [V]FAT. And it usually gives you a list of Windows systems it locates so you can select which. And it normally requires the boot flag to be set.
So you should be safe.

However, if it's a "restore set" it'll probably reformat the entire disk first. So regardless, backup your Mint system in case you have to restore it later. I usually just backup the /home - the system itself can be reinstalled easily from a liveCD.
 
Old 05-15-2015, 09:39 PM   #3
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syg00's advice is excellent.

In addition, even if Windows does not touch your Mint install, it will certainly overwrite your grub and grub will need to be recovered.

This article will help: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/ubunt...-wipes-it-out/
 
Old 05-15-2015, 09:43 PM   #4
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You could also use the wins disk to do an upgrade install & not lose your data, while keeping your recovery partition intact, so that you can restore your previous version of windows.
 
Old 05-15-2015, 09:49 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I was expecting that I will have to reinstall grub. Eddy1 is upgrade given as an option at the start?
 
Old 05-15-2015, 11:46 PM   #6
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It should be, even my wins 7 disks when I open them in file manager show upgrade, It should be in the first options after detecting wins partititons.
You can boot a wins disk without making changes so check it out.
From what I saw here it's best to dual-boot, dvd doesn't work, limited to x86 processor & wins media center is removed.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/26903...d-to-know.html
But now when it's officially released it'll be a free upgrade from wins7 or 8 to 10.

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