03-17-2012 04:05 AM
what do you need help with?
there are some distros that are harder to get working than others so what distro do you want to run?
linux mint seems to work well with dual boots (and just linux in general due to the version of grub it has)
to do linux mint,
burn the windows iso to usb stick
burn super grub2 disk (google it and you will see)
format your hard drive mbr (gparted live cd)
partition the way you want your hard drive to end up (also gparted live cd)
install linux mint
install windows off of usb stick (important that it is on a usb stick otherwise it will try to reformat to gpt instead of mbr)
put in super grub2 disk
boot into linux mint
you should now have a working dual boot environment with windows and linux mint.
if you should have any problems, let me know.
also the linux mint forums are a great place if that is the distribution you choose.
03-17-2012 10:49 AM
Hello! Thanks for your help.. My laptop is a Lenovo V570 and I installed Windows 7 Professional 64bit first. Then I tried to install a linux system (Fedora 14 or Ubuntu 11 - 64bit ), but after the normal reboot, it goes directly in Windows (without any grub loader option).
I carefully read all this topic, but unfortunately I can't perform the first step that you adviced me : "create a usb bootable flash drive from Windows 7 Professional x64". I googled and none of the followings steps worked:
1) http://johnpapa.net/BootFromUSB On the step 12: "bootsect /NT6o K:", I get: "This tool can only be run on systems booted using a PC/AT BIOS. This system was booted using EFI or some other firmware type"
2) Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool : Bootsect failed when attempting to make bootable.
I must tell you that I have a lot of experience on installing dual systems: Windows + Fedora (or Ubuntu), but now with this EFI I have a lot of headache. I'm trying to find a way to install Windows no GPT or no EFI, but nothing on the web..
What is the reason for installing first linux and after windows?
Kind regards to you!