Yes, installing a new Windows alongside an existing one still does
over-write the Mbr and hides all previous versions of Windows as well
as any other OSes you have. It doesn't matter if the newer version is
on a different physical drive or on an external drive or anything else.
One trick is to physically unplug the drive with the Mbr you want to
save and then install the newer Windows on it's own drive. it will
overwrite the Mbr on it's drive but will leave the unplugged drive's
Mbr alone. Then when you plug in the old drive then hopefully you can
set the bios to boot the old drive first. Of course this means the
old drive is unaware of the new install so you'll need to run
from you old Gnu&Linux distro.
*From:* webmaster-Kracked_P_P <email@example.com>
*To:* LibreO - Users Global <firstname.lastname@example.org>
*Sent:* Tuesday, 22 January 2013, 0:39
*Subject:* Re: [libreoffice-users] is MSFT running scared ...
Maybe you should give the URL for the Linux-based boot repair disk
[.iso file download]. I do not remember it it.
I have two different disk type/names.
"boot-repair-disk.iso" - 355 MB
"ubuntu-secure-remix-12.10-32-bit.iso" - 787 MB
"ubuntu-secure-remix-12.10-64-bit.iso" - 797.1 MB
I think I used the "boot-repair-disk" version since all you had to
do was choose your OS version/type you are using. I think I
remember correctly that there was only 4 buttons to choose from
once the disk/OS booted up.
My Dell laptop had 32-bit Vista even though 64-bit Vista was out
and working. Too cheap maybe to include it, since it cost us more
for the 64-bit version back then. I just upgraded that dual boot
laptop 64-bit Win7 professional from 32-bit Vista and 64-bit
Ubuntu 12.10 from 12.04 version. Win7/pro killed the dual booting
till I ran the "repair disk". I tend to use the Ubuntu boot for
the testing of the newest version of Ubuntu [10.04 to 10.10 to
11.04 to 11.10 to 12.04 to 12.10] before I upgrade it on my
"production desktop". I upgraded the Vista to Win7/pro [64-bit]
so I can have a working 64-bit Windows OS on one of my systems
without going to Win8, since I do not have any touch screens
except on my Android 4.0 tablet.
Actually, I wonder if Win7 or Win8 would break the dual [or
triple] booting a laptop if both boot partitions were running a
Windows OS before one was upgraded from XP or Vista to Win7 or
Win8? Would Windows break the multi-boot if there would be two+
Windows OSs on the same system but in different boot partitions?
Windows 2000 was for business based on Win NT, while Win
Millennium was for the home user based on Win98. Millennium was
worse than Vista ever was and most users I dealt with switched to
Win 2000 till XP [home or professional] came out.
Win8 look and feel is a reworking of their failed smart phone OS.
They decided that they still liked it and moved it to the Win8
tablet OS. BUT, someone had the bad idea of wanting all of "your"
Windows based systems to look and "feel" the same. I do not want
my "production desktop" to have the "look and feel" of my tablet.
I hated Unity's look and feel when it came out in the Spring of
2011. Win8 seemed to look and feel the same. I read that a large
number of Ubuntu user switched to Mint Linux because of Unity. If
MS would have looked at the "fallout" when Ubuntu went to Unity,
maybe they would have thought twice about using a tablet looking
OS desktop display for their desktop/laptop OSs. I kept Ubuntu,
but switched to MATE for the desktop environment.
For my opinion what business users in my area will do with new
Win8 systems; not buy them if they can get new Win7 systems or
downgrade the new Win8 systems to Win7. Every business user I have
talked to locally hates the look of Win8 and do not want to have
to pay for the training to get their users to be able to use it.
XP/Vista to Win7 was a little change, but XP/Vista/Win7 to Win8
was a real big change that needs a lot of training. TV ads for
retail computer stores use to offer free Win8 training so people
could learn how to deal with the big changes. Well, those TV ads
are all gone, along with most of the Win8 ads [number of ads per
day/week] are gone now. Almost all of the MS's tablet are gone
now, but there are some major computer companies [like HP] ads
about tablet to laptop convertibles though replacing MS's "tablet
with a keyboard" ads..
On 01/21/2013 04:55 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
> Hi :)
> There is always 'unexpectedly low' take-up of Windows newest OS
when it first gets released. Historically corporate users have
learned to leave it until after at least the first Service Pack
gets released. One time MS tried to boost sales by claiming that
Service Pack 1 was included in the initial release.
> Usually there is a requirement to upgrade quite a bit of
hardware in order to run the newer version of Windows and that
creates reluctance until people have had time to save-up or plan
for rolling out new hardware for the new OS.
> Installing Windows always installs their boot-loader (used to be
"ntldr") which overwrites the MBR of the hard-drive and then
ignores any other OSes on the machine so that you can only boot
into Windows. To reinstate your MBR just boot into a LIveCd or
LiveUsb or some other way of booting into a Gnu&Linux and just
repair or reinstall just the boot-loader of your distro. You don't
need a special recovery or repair disk although those sorts of
things are just one way to boot into a Gnu&Linux. You also don't
need to reinstall the entire distro. It's just a case of
repairing your boot-loader. One of the final steps of the repair
involves 'updating' your boot-loader and if that is one on a
unix-based platform (such as Gnu&Linux, Bsd or whatever) then it
picks up the new version of Windows that your just installed.
Fixing the Mbr is really easy once you have done it once.
> Typically Windows seem to have 1 bad version followed by 1 good
one and then the next is bad. Vista was apparently so bad that
many people said they "upgraded" from Vista back to Xp. Even
though that was a backwards step many considered it an upgrade.
Win7 was quite good. Before Xp was Millenium which was generally
considered so appalling that people are more likely to have heard
of Win98. So, people might be expecting Win8 to be another dead OS.
> However there is also often quite strong resistance to new
things. Especially to new versions of Windows. people have just
about become familiar with the older one and don't like the newer
ways of doing things and the fact that it's difficult to find
things or work out how to deal with issues that they had just
learned how to solve on the previous. With Gnu&Linux it doesn't
matter what changes happen to the DE you can always modify it or
even just install the old one on your new OS.
> Regards from
> Tom :)
> *From:* webmaster-Kracked_P_P <email@example.com
> *To:* firstname.lastname@example.org
> *Sent:* Monday, 21 January 2013, 16:34
> *Subject:* Re: [libreoffice-users] is MSFT running scared ...
> On 01/21/2013 10:41 AM, anne-ology wrote:
> > ... maybe not, but this makes me wonder why they were
> promoting this
> > new OS and now are plugging a how-to re. it ;-)
> > As for me, I'm very thankful there's LO, and with such a
> > help-list of fellow users :-)
> The articles I have read seem to tell Win7 users to forget to
> upgrade to Win8 if you do not have a touch screen.
> MS's tablet has had low sales figures, much lower than
> the hype would let you believe.
> So, giving tech people a free e-book about Win8 is a way for them
> to promote that OS.
> I have heard from a few business users where they took their Win8
> upgrade and "degrade" it back to XP or Win7. So maybe MS needs to
> convince the business users to buy the Win8 upgrade or even new
> Win8 systems, instead of upgrading to, and/or buying, systems
> with, Win7.
> I just upgraded 32-bit Vista to 64-bit Win7/pro instead of the
> cheaper priced Win8 deal. I have it on a laptop that is a dual
> boot for 64-bit Win7/pro and 64-bit Ubuntu 12.10 [with MATE
> desktop environment]. That upgrade "killed" the dual booting
> need to use the repair disk. The way I have read seems to be
> Win8 would do something with that laptop where it would not be
> able to dual even after the boot fixing disk. I use the
> my main Windows laptop and the Ubuntu boot is where I test
> new version[s] of the OS before I install it onto my main
> "production" desktop. I hate the Unity desktop for Ubuntu, so why
> would I buy Win8 with the same type of desktop "tile" look
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