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Old 12-18-2010, 12:26 PM   #1
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Question Dual Boot Ubuntu from Windows 7 64 bit

I've been reading many threads on the ability to dual boot. I am not a "newbe" but have installed linux and Fedora many times, included starting from Windows 7 using EasyBCD.

I wish to install Ubuntu Studio 64AMD on my PC:
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965
HD: Hitachi HDT721064SLA360 SATA ~600GB C: 200GB & D: 200GB, Fedora: 100GB the remainder for Ubuntu.

My problem is that the installation instructions don't seem to talk about NOT installing grub on MBR as it was on the Fedora install. I don't want to accidentally overwrite my MBR. Is this option available? Will EasyBCD work with Ubuntu?

No, I want Windows 7 left intact and do not want to dual boot from Grub!

Thank you,
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Um... I don't see how you would have installed Fedora without overwriting your MBR. Why don't you want to dual-boot from GRUB? The normal process for dual-booting is to install GRUB into the MBR, and then choose between Fedora and Win7 at each boot (you can set up a default to boot to, if you prefer). This doesn't affect your Win7 install at all - it's not even aware of the difference.

And if you don't over-write the MBR, then you normally have to hit windows repeatedly to get it to allow you to boot to other OSes - I've done it, but it's not what I would call pretty. So, what were the objections to over-writing the MBR?
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I haven't installed Ubuntu lately but earlier versions always had an "Advanced" tab you could click to get boot options. This is usually near the end of the installation. You should be able to install Grub2 to the partition you put Ubuntu on. You will then need to modify your windows bootloader. If you are using EasyBCD, I don't know if it will boot Grub2. You could always try installing Ubunt with Grub on its partition and trying it with EasyBCD and overwrite it if it doesn't work.
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This may help
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grub2 can be installed to a partition boot sector record. Due to it's structure, it doesn't like it, and complains, but will install.
It can be chainloaded to so EasyBCD should find it o.k.
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Thank you all for your input. I will try syg00's method and get back to you as to what happened sometime after the holiday week. Again thanks!


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