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Thread: Need to Install Windows 7 after Lubuntu

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    Need to Install Windows 7 after Lubuntu

    Now I installed Lubuntu on my desktop after overwriting Win7.
    My Dad isn't particularly comfortable with Lubuntu and wants Win7 back. Now I thought of Dualbooting Win7 along with Lubuntu but I cant partition the drive while installing Windows 7. Please help.

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    Re: Need to Install Windows 7 after Lubuntu

    Everything I've ever read about dual-boot said the same thing; Ubuntu needs to be installed after Windows. This is a requirement of Windows, not of Ubuntu.

    This will give you a more complete idea of what is going on:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot

    I recommend you back up all of your Dad's data before you start the installation(s).
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    Re: Need to Install Windows 7 after Lubuntu

    The first thing to check is whether you have

    1. a "normal" Windows installer disk, or

    2. a "System Recovery" disk, as is often supplied with machines where Windows is pre-installed.
    Last edited by GordThompson; January 19th, 2013 at 01:38 AM. Reason: terminology

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    Re: Need to Install Windows 7 after Lubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by MoebusNet View Post
    I recommend you back up all of your Dad's data before you start the installation(s).
    According to one of the OP's earlier threads it may be too late for that....

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    Re: Need to Install Windows 7 after Lubuntu

    Windows prefers to be first but can be installed to any primary (sda1 thru sda4) partition formatted NTFS with the boot flag. Or to unallocated space with available primary partitions.

    Windows 7 will normally install to two partitions, a small hidden 100MB system or boot/repair partition and the main install. But it will install to one partition.

    Edit:
    Above info is only for a full Windows install. If a recovery set of DVDs then that normally is just an image of hard drive as purchased and will just restore system to the day you purchased it, erasing everything. Always better to have full backup of Windows and use that to restore.
    Last edited by oldfred; January 18th, 2013 at 06:55 PM. Reason: More info
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Need to Install Windows 7 after Lubuntu

    I have never done this, but have a plan for you

    1- Use Gparted (live CD or within Parted-Magic CD), shrink your Ubuntu partition then make a NTFS partition for Windows.
    2- Install Windows
    3- Repair boot by the following steps
    a- boot with an Ubuntu live CD, option 'Try Ubuntu'
    b- Open a terminal then do
    sudo mount /dev/sdaX /mnt
    (replace X with the number of the partition where Ubuntu is installed, also assuming your hard drive is SDA)
    sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda
    c- reboot, you shoud have Ubuntu by now
    sudo update-grub
    reboot , you should see options to boot Ubuntu & Windows

    I'd rather backup the data, and start from scratch. Shrinking partions is slow and sometimes dangerous.
    Last edited by leclerc65; January 18th, 2013 at 06:21 PM.

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