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Old 06-05-2015, 01:43 AM   #1
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Dual booting Windows 7 on already installed Linux Mint 17.1


Before installing Linux Mint 17 to the entire HDD of my HP p2 1317cb desktop, it was running a preinstalled windows 8 OEM UEFI. After several failed attempts of dual booting(no grub menu and boots directly to the windows 8) i then decided to do a erase all and install Linux option. Now i have Linux Mint 17.1 working flawlessly, so far. What i want to now do is, dual boot a windows 7 installation alongside my Linux. Please advise on the best way to do this.
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Note: Before doing a clean install of Linux i disabled secure boot,enabled legacy, and disabled fast boot.
Old 06-05-2015, 02:02 AM   #2
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Once you're in legacy mode, it works just like a BIOS system, just install Win7 into any free space on the drive (assume you have some). Then you need to recover GRUB2 using the Mint LiveCD and boot-repair.
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Here is a link which explains the process in detail:
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thank you for your replies.
beachboy2, could you please inform me on how i can create partition from my unallocated space for windows installation and how to then remove that partition from GRUB as to no break my linux install. I followed your link and am following the accepted answer there given by evgeny. As well as how do i create a separate boot partition?
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Old 06-06-2015, 07:46 AM   #6
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Follow the link provided by beachboy2. Had a dpkg error: cannot find cannonical path /cow, after installing grub-efi-amd64. I rebooted off the usb and ran boot-repair. Now i have both windows7 and linux mint17 working and bootable. Thank you all for the help.


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