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Asked by: Jasmine
dual-boot, linux, windows Dual-booting
I’m not sure what Linux I want to use yet, but I plan on installing my choice alongside Windows 7 on my laptop. How can I do that and still retain Windows 7′s boot manager?
finid on Jun 30, 2011
When you install your choice of Linux distribution, create a separate boot partition and install the boot loader for the Linux distribution in that partition. Then boot into Windows and add an entry for the Linux distribution in Windows 7′s boot menu.
That way you retain Windows 7′s boot manager and your Linux distributions boot loader too.
Note that if you are installing on a computer with 2 HDD, with the Linux distribution on the second drive, install the Linux distribution’s boot loader in the MBR of the second disk, then add an entry for it in Windows 7′s boot menu.
Several article on how to do this have been published on the main site. Take a look at these, for example.
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