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Thread: Vista re-install while keeping Ubuntu intact

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2010

    Vista re-install while keeping Ubuntu intact


    I have a Dell studio 1555 with Grub bootloader and Vista and Ubuntu. From last 2 days, display is coming blank in Vista after clicking on login name. Display comes file in Vista boot DVD and also in Ubuntu. Since I don't have a restore point, Dell support is asking to re-install Vista.

    So, I need to re-install Vista and keep existing data in Vista and Ubuntu intact. Could you please provide useful tips or point to some link.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Land of Confusion
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Vista re-install while keeping Ubuntu intact

    I'd recommend using ubuntu to back up your data first. Unless you have your Windows data on a separate partition from the Vista OS you won't be able to save the data in that partition.

    After reinstalling Vista you will have to reinstall the grub boot loader in order to boot ubuntu.
    Thank you for your contributions. "So long and thanks for the fish!"

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: Vista re-install while keeping Ubuntu intact

    If you reinstall Vista it will overwrite the Ubuntu bootloader. This is okay, because all you have to do afterwards is reinstall GRUB and you will then have the option to boot both operating systems again.

    Here is a guide:

    The first method is the easiest and works in almost all cases.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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