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Old 06-21-2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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Question help me!!

hii evryone!!
me jst starting to stroll with linux..can any one please tell me how to install win 7 on a system currently having only redhat 5.4??
thanks in advsnce
Old 06-21-2011, 07:02 PM   #2
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Hi there and welcome to LQ!

For future reference threads with titles such as 'help' or 'urgent' or anything lacking information are usually glossed over. By providing a title like 'installing windows on a redhat machine' you will get people who know what they are doing in that particular subject. That being said:

As far as I know, it is much easier to have windows be installed first then install linux (computers have a tough time doing it the other way.) Maybe back up your important stuff, Install windows, and then reinstall linux.

You could get Virtualbox (or any other virtual program) and set up windows on that. It will run Windows on a pretend machine WITHIN linux.

I've read recently about how to do a windows install on a Linux machine, But do not remember the steps, and don't want to try ... I will look for the link on the board and if I find it will post it.

Please note, I am a linux noob ... and these are all things I have seen others suggest at some point ... I am capable of mis-wording so look into it. Google is a most useful tool (Although with linux stuff it always seems to lead here ) I wish you good luck, and enjoy your time here.

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Old 06-22-2011, 12:24 AM   #3
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First things, use better titles for the threads in future. Also, you are wanting help on windows, so this pretty much seems to be thread suitable in /General forums. Reporting it to be moved.
You also need to read this before you post on volunteer forums:

Anyhow, you can install windows after Linux and still have both of them running. For that you would need an unpartitioned space which is unformatted with no file system. Do you have it? If not then backup your data and create a non formatted unpartitioned space.
Use windows disk to start installation and when it comes to partitioning, use this free space to install windows. When windows completed the installation, it would over write the MBR and you would not be able to boot into Linux. For this, you will need to recover the MBR and install grub again. You can do that by using the Linux disk and recovering the grub either from recovery mode or Live media.
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Unless you are doing this under virtualisation, you're better to install Windows on a system FIRST, then linux, as the Linux distro would handle the dual boot. Windows does not acknowledge that there is any other OS in existance in the world.

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thanks hevithan, soadyheid n chaitanya..i've used the virtual machine to do the same..
n thanks for giding towrds good questions.. :-)
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thanks hevithan, soadyheid n chaitanya..i've used the virtual machine to do the same..
n thanks for giding towrds good questions.. :-)
There's also a way with VirtualBox to point a newly created virtual machine to a physical partition, but it will require some Googling from you to figure out how, as the commands are relatively obscure vboxmanage commands. Then you can point the virtualized CD drive to a Windows 7 ISO and continue the install ...



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