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Old 07-16-2015, 02:21 AM   #1
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two versions of debian on same laptop Asus X53Z machine

Some time ago I downloaded to install Debian software from a government department (mining) and found the first thing it was doing was to remove a swag of applications including Gedit, I promptly stopped that and had to reinstall, I then decided to recover the never-used Windows 7 from the same machine to do this job with their mining department, this works OK but I hate it since Windows takes ages to get out of the way when I want to reboot in Debian and even when the Internet connection is turned off Windows still finds 7623 necessary updates when it is never used, updates for which it tells not to turn the computer off (is that their way of spying on my habits?), their browser also regularly crashes on this job and their username/password combination does not always give the access I am entitled to, apparently putting a cookie in my system which then declines any access.

To solve this problem I would like to install a second version of Debian with which this government department software can do whatever it likes and see how it goes, but still be able to use/reinstall Windows in case this option does not work.

Can anyone suggest what to do - how to proceed? Do I save Windows 7 on DVD and reinstall it later if necessary after its partitions have been used for Debian or should I leave Windows intact and use the second version of Debian from a DVD or USB stick? I have on the HD 2 spare partitions not used much: SDA8 ext4 50G and SDA9 btrfs 50G. Is there a recommended link on how to proceed in this case? Needless to say I don't care what they do with the second version but I want the first version completely untouchable by their software.

Thank you for your help.
Old 07-16-2015, 02:27 AM   #2
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Just install the second version of Debian to /dev/sda8

Probably best to tell the installer not to install GRUB then boot back into your original Debian system and run `update-grub` afterwards to generate a menu entry for the new system.
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