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Old 12-23-2015, 08:17 AM   #1
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Tutorials on dual and tri boots with Windows and Linux distros?


Good day, I am looking for some tutorials on installing such as Fedora and Mint alongside Windows 7. I have a Lenovo that is about two years old and has UEFI and legacy options. I'd be happy to watch and read through some if you can link them here, thanks.
 
Old 12-23-2015, 08:22 AM   #2
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I don't know about tutorials, but it's not that complicated. All you have to do is install Windows on a partition, then install your Linux installs and take over the bootloader. They should do it fine automatically.

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Old 12-23-2015, 08:25 AM   #3
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The most painless way is to shut off secure boot and put UEFI in legacy mode so your computer acts like an older BIOS machine. Install Win 7 first and this is a must as Windows WILL overwrite any other boot loader. Setup the partitions how you want them and then install the Linux distros. One of the Linux distros will be your boot "master" in that it will be written to the MBR of the drive and control boots. On installing the next distro, have it install grub in it's own partion - not the MBR. Then load your prime Linux and update grub which gets the 2nd Linux distro "recorded" properly. Anytime something changes the boot parameters in the 2nd distro, you'll have to run the first distro and update grub again. I have 2 laptops I triple boot and they work just fine with zero issues...
 
Old 12-23-2015, 08:31 AM   #4
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Or you could install your first distro, your non-master one, in a partition and then install your master distro with GRUB on the MBR. That way, it is just one time of working with the bootloader for each distro.
 
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Or you could install your first distro, your non-master one, in a partition and then install your master distro with GRUB on the MBR. That way, it is just one time of working with the bootloader for each distro.
You'll be updating grub a lot anyway as kernels change...
 
Old 12-23-2015, 09:21 AM   #6
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The link below gives a pretty detailed explanation of dual-booting using UEFI for window/Ubuntu or Mint. If you use EFI for one system, you need to use it for all or you will have problems. If you decide to use MBR rather than UEFI, take a look at the detailed tutorial in the second link below.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/u...all-guide.html
 
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You'll be updating grub a lot anyway as kernels change...
True, but with a distro like Debian, apt/dpkg handles updating grub for you, I believe, so either way, it will handle its own bootloader.
 
Old 12-23-2015, 10:02 PM   #8
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Linux Voice has a nice little series of videos about getting started with Linux. It should help with the basics. https://www.linuxvoice.com/getting-started-with-linux/
 
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