On 10/06/2013 11:06 AM, James Knott wrote:
It was really "nice" of Windows to stop allowing me to boot into Ubuntu
after I upgraded from Vista to Win7. I had to use a boot "fixer" disc
to give me back my Ubuntu. At least that laptop is the one I use only
once in a while, since I have a small drive in it, compared to my other one.
I have never had a problem with not being able to access Linux when
Windows is on the system. Windows installs will always break the boot
loader, so you have to be prepared to deal with that. However,
reinstalling Windows from the DVDs has never trashed Linux, though I
have heard some recovery discs will. So, as a rule, unless I have no
alternative, I install Windows first and then Linux. With my ThinkPad
E520, the first thing I did was to build the recovery DVDs and then used
the Windows tools to shrink the partition, to make room for the Linux
install. I have not had to reinstall Windows 7 since then. On my old
ThinkPad, I did reinstall from DVD, but it did not touch the Linux
partitions, only the boot loader.
It was the upgrading [overwriting with new install] from Vista 32-bit to
Win7 Pro 64-bit that messed with GRUB.
I had my Ubuntu installed like I like it and did not want to wipe the
entire drive for the Vista to Win7 "upgrading". It takes a lot of work
to install Ubuntu 12.04, plus MATE d.e., and all of the packages I want
and setting up all of the printers and such just like it was before.
Then there are the endless amounts of updates that Ubuntu would do. So
I really do not like to wipe the drive just to install the newer version
At least it was not setting up my main desktop. When I replaced a bad
primary drive [/sda], it took over 15 hours to install, tweak, etc. all
of the packages, plus all of the files back from backups and STILL I am
finding that I missed a tweak or package.
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