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How to dual-boot Linux Mint 10 and Windows 7


Everything should work fine until you upgrade Windows, a process that will mess with GRUB, causing you to lose the GRUB menu. To restore access to your Linux Mint 10 installation, the recommended solution is to install EasyBCD, a free application by NeoSmart Technologies, which you may download here. Install it just like any other Windows application.

When you first launch EasyBCD, the View Settings window will be in focus, and it will show an entry for Windows 7. First step is to add an entry for Linux Mint 10. To do that, click on the Add New Entry tab.

This is the default setting, but you will need to modify it to reflect the version of GRUB used by Linux Mint 10.

Since Linux Mint 10 uses GRUB 2, select it from the dropdown menu and click on Add Entry. You might want to modify the Name field.

Now, every time you reboot the computer, you will be presented with the Windows Boot Manager as shown below.

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Andrew Clauss
Andrew Clauss
12 years ago

Sorry to open up an older thread, but I had a quick question… I followed these instructions, and my computer (Dell Inspiron 1545) can now dual boot LinuxMint 11 or Windows 7. However, for some reason I can no longer find any wireless networks to connect to in either Linux or Windows 7. I have a Dell Wireless 1397 wlan mini-card. I have tried disabling/enabling, uninstalling/installing/ updating the driver, etc. According to the mini-card, it is working fine. Do you know how to fix this??

Hopefully my question is clear, if not let me know and I will try to explain it better.

Thanks for the help!

Reply to  finid
12 years ago

I actually got it figured out now. I’m not what sure what the exact problem was, but I ended up uninstalling the software and driver for the mini-card and re-installing it from the CDs that came with the computer when I bought it. After re-booting my computer, I was able to connect to the internet again. So I don’t really know, but thanks for the quick response!

13 years ago

i already follow your tutorial, it seems succes until i choose linux mint.
it takes vary long time to boot, and it ask name and password while booting.
can you give me some advice?

nb: sorry for my english, im not very good on it

Reply to  finid
13 years ago

this is my notebook spec:

Processor :
Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor P6200

Chipset :
Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset

video Graphics & Memory :
AMD Mobility™ Radeon® HD 6470,DDR3 512MB VRAM

Hard Drive:

how is it?
is the spec doesnt support?

Reply to  egrit
13 years ago

and 2 gb ram

13 years ago

Hello, I have my HD which has two partition. My C:/ has Windows7 then i have my partition at d:/ – which is my important files then i have my other partition which is
f:/ -which is for Linuxmint10 (Julia). Now i have followed
this tutorial .
I follow it step by step until i got fulled installed.
But then when attempt to reboot, i suppose to have an
option of which of the two OS should i use. Why it loads
directly to Windows7? Did i miss something? Pls. Help 🙁

13 years ago

I’m having trouble.. I first install Windows 7. I split the hd into two partitions and put Windows 7 on one of them. The install finishes and Win7 works. Then I install Linux Mint 10 on the other partition. Install finishes and LM 10 works. But when I restart (or just start) the computer, I’m given no choice, LM 10 starts. I can find no sign of Win7 and the machine only starts Linux. I tried to follow the instructions. What should I do?

Steve Marion
Steve Marion
13 years ago

I already have Windows 7 and Mint 8 installed on a single harddisk with dual booting governed by Grub. I want to replace Mint 8 with Mint 10. If I follow the directions you give, will I still be able to boot into Windows, or are there special procedures I should follow? Thanks for your hellp.

Steve Marion

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