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Old 11-15-2019, 03:23 PM   #1
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Dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint

Hey, how would I be able to use the Windows 7 bootloader instead of GRUB?

And yes, I searched, searched, and searched. I did found solutions but none worked.

I tried using the Win7 disc, went into repair and opened the command line. I ran three commands in this order. First was bootrec /fixmbr, second was bootrec /fixboot, and third was bootrec /rebuildbcd and all that did was removed GRUB and boot me into Windows.

I used EasyBCD by adding a new entry and yes, I have the options to boot into Linux and Windows with the Windows bootloader. However, it boots into Windows but not Linux. When I tried to boot into Linux and I get the command prompt of GRUB4DOS.

During Linux Mint installation and I tried installing the bootloader on my drive and I cannot use the Windows bootloader. At other times and I installed the bootloader on the Linux partition, still no go for the Windows bootloader. It does give errors while trying to install the bootloader on the Windows partition.
Old 11-15-2019, 04:37 PM   #2
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If you can share the output from bootinfoscript someone here likely can suggest a repair path that should work. You should be able to upload it via browser with the pastebinit command. If you fail to get pastebinit to work, then upload it to one of the following:and post the provided URL here. would be a good search hit to peruse while waiting for other responses. is another.

FWIW, I create only a small primary for Windows to keep its boot files, and create a logical for its system. I have Grub on another primary, which allows standard Windows boot code to be used in conjunction with the boot flag to boot either via Grub or Windows according to where the flag is set. This is applying the neutrality concept described in the last link above.
Old 11-15-2019, 07:40 PM   #3
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all that did was removed GRUB and boot me into Windows.
That's all those commands are meant to do.

I used the method described at the link below using windows 7 bcdedit to boot several Linux installs and it worked fine. It's quite a bit more convoluted than running grub-mkconfig but if you want to use the windows bcdedit bootloader, this works. Obviously, skip the section on installing Ubuntu.

Did you use the instructions at the neosmart site (link below) for EasyBCD?

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