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    Mint not picking up windows 7 installation when trying to dual boot


    need a little help minux mint 15 64 bit isnt picking up my windows 7 ultimate installation when i try to dual boot them side by side has anyone had this issue any help would be greatly appreciated thanks

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    Hi,

    Do you have grub installed? If not install grub with:

    sudo apt-get install grub

    Then update grub with:

    update-grub

    but I think that this will be done during installation of grub.
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    It should have detected windows during the install but, there are some reasons why that would not happen.
    Simplest thing to try is suggested above: sudo update-grub. If that doesn't produce positive results, run sudo os-prober (you may need to install it first) then sudo update-grub. If that doesn't help, post more detailed information on your drive/partitioning scheme by running: sudo fdisk -l(lower case Letter L in the command).
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    no i dont have grub installed didnt make it that far in the installation i got up to the part where it asks where to install it on the harddrive maybe i will have to make a partition for linux didnt do that since all the videos i watched about dual booting mint and windows 7 never mentioned shrinking my harddrive some to have a spot to install linux would that be a good idea have attempted this once before but windows 7 never showed up after i finished installing it on my computer in the grub bootloader so i deleted the partition that i had linux mint installed on

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    You can't install Linux on a windows formatted partition nor can you do the reverse and expect it to work. The exception to this is using the mint4win installer on Mint which installs Mint as a program under/inside the windows partition which is basically like installing with virtual software.

    If you want to install Mint on its own partition and windows is taking up the entire drive, you will need to shrink one of the windows partitions to create room on which to install Mint.
    Also, if you already have four partitions, this could be a problem because you are only allowed 4 primary partitions.
    If the 'videos' you watched about dual-booting don't mention the necessity for creating a partition on which to create a Linux filesystem, I would suggest you avoid those sites in the future. Or maybe you just didn't understand??

    If you choose the install option of "Alongside windows" the best you can do is keep your fingers crossed and hope things work out because you will have very little control over what happens and won't see the actual progress or be able to select any options. It would be better to select the 'Something Else' option so you have more control. Also, keep notes of each step so you know what you did in case there is a problem.

    Once you have shrunk your windows partition, you can boot your Mint CD/DVD and begin the installation. You will need to select unallocated or free space in the partitioner window on which to install Mint.

    You could take a look at the video below which explains shrinking windows 7 partition and then the install of Mint with the Something Else option. Hope the audio works for you because it didn't for me.

    http://vimeo.com/56537182
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    Cool I will do that I do have a question how would I keep the windows boot loader as default last time I tried it the Grub boot loader took over thanks for everyone's help with this

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    I've had this happen to me. Simplest solution was to mount the Windows partition and update grub, unmount and reboot.
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    Cool I will try that I hope it fixes it

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    Grub is a better bootloader but, if you want to keep the windows bootloader for some reason, you would change the default selection during the installation. You will see an option at the bottom of the Installation page: Device for bootloader installation. The default is the master boot record of the first drive, you could select to install to the root of Mint or the boot partition if you have a separate one. That of course, leaves Mint unbootable, at least until you manually edit whichever boot file your version of windows uses and create an entry for Mint.

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    What is the difference between the 2 I'm new to linux have only used ubuntu a few times and that was easy to install since I ran inside windows 7 by using the wubi installer

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