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Old 05-30-2011, 04:26 AM   #1
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Super easy bootmanager question! win7/ubuntu

So I haven't used linux in over two years and things might have changed esp alongside win7

Win7 crapped out on me. It says ram is broken, but it's a lie. It got haxx0red.

sdb was my backup drive and will now become /
sda was the win7 drive and is now my backup drive.

Eventually I might want to install win7 on sda again. Can it be added to grub? Or can I add Ubuntu to the win7 boot manager or sumthin without messing things up... keeping the most recent kernel on top of boot priority etc.
Old 05-30-2011, 07:26 AM   #2
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Dual boot

You CAN install Win7 later, but it is not as straightforward. You will need to install (or re-install) grub to the MBR from a live-cd after installing Win7, because MS install assumes that only MS products do or can exist and will overwrite it.

A better option, if you have the space and horsepower, is to install virtualization and run Win7 in a virtual guest under Linux. Avoids all the hassles, and you get to run both desktops at one. SEE them at the same time, if you have dual monitors.

I run the other way: WinXP as a base, with virtual guests of Win7 and Debian, but only because the company demands I run Windows on my laptop.
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First off, you should go back and re-look at this memory deal. Try memtest for a few days. Microsoft's memory diagnostic is a good program. It is reports an error, it is most likely correct.

I am a big fan if VM's but you might not get your OEM copy of W7 to load on it.

You can copy what you have of grub.

I'd think about a "repair" of W7 using a W7 DVD booted.


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