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Old 08-14-2016, 02:59 PM   #1
Lola Kews
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Using Windows on disk with Linux


I hate to say this but I need to run Windows on my hard drive with Ubuntu.

I am running Ubuntu 16.04 absolutely love it. However I have bought a dash cam that needs a version of windows to set up the camera and view/edit the pictures.
With Ubuntu already loaded to my hard drive can I install a version of windows on the disk also? It can be any version of windows from XP on up till now. If so how?
I found places on the Internet that has different versions of Windows for free download.

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Old 08-14-2016, 05:12 PM   #2
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Are you certain the camera must have Windows? I'm not quite sure what you mean by "dashcam," but I have an HD Drift that works quite nicely with Linux out of the box.

Yes, you can install Windows. You will need to resize your partitions and make sure the first primary partition is available for use by Windows, as it does not recognize that there is anyone else in the world but it's own self. Before attempting this, you should back up all your data and crucial (that is, ones your edited yourself) configuration files just as it you were doing an erase and reinstall of your Ubuntu.

You will need to update (possibly reinstall) GRUB after the Windows install, as Windows will bork your bootloader, because that's what Windows does.

This article should be helpful: http://askubuntu.com/questions/6317/...stalled-ubuntu

Be very wary of versions of Windows available for download from random websites. They are very likely to be vectors for malware.
 
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Old 08-14-2016, 07:11 PM   #3
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You need to also know how Ubuntu is installed. If it is UEFI/GPT you need to install windows the same. If you are using UEFI/GPT then all your partitions will be primary and that isn't a factor. If Ubuntu is using UEFI, there will already be an EFI partition.

If you are using an MBR install, you need the windows boot files on a primary partition which should be marked as active/bootable and you can then install the system on a logical partition although it might be simpler to install everything to one partition. See the link below, about half way down the page, the section labelled Primary Partition.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_partitioning

The link below at the windows 7 forums also discusses this, installing on a logical partition but with a boot partition on a primary.

http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ed-volume.html

You need to be familiar with the naming convention differences for drives/partitions on windows and Linux so you don't accidentally overwrite your Linux installation. If you are going to use windows 10, it has an option for a Custom installation which would be best to avoid overwriting your Linux install.

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Old 08-15-2016, 02:52 PM   #4
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You can dual boot or run a VM but you would need a cd that is not OEM or tied to some hardware.

The program may run in wine.

I agree that you should tell us what model this cam is and why it has to have windows.
 
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:35 PM   #5
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This is a dash camera, it's name is Mobius, no model name or number just Mobius. I expect many of you would be interested in it. Try going into court for someone hitting you and watch the people start lying and you start loosing, then you will be really interested in it.
Do a search on "Mobius" home and you will have every question about it answered(no quotes).

I've come to the conclusion it's not worth the effort to install windows on Linux. I'm going to look for a cheap windows laptop used.
Thanks for the help everyone, I’ll close this post.
 
Old 08-16-2016, 02:41 PM   #6
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Did you try it under wine?
 
  


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