August 3, 2011

How do I boot Windows after installing Linux Mint?

I installed Linux Mint on a newly refurbished Windows XP computer. I have Linux on 1/2 of the hard drive. How do I switch into Windows if I choose to?

Not that i want to, just that i would like to find out.

Just reboot the machine and a menu should appear that lets you choose. If not...

Just reboot the machine and a menu should appear that lets you choose. If not then follow the instructions in this link:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

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It would depend on if Grub is on the MBR or if Windows is...

It would depend on if Grub is on the MBR or if Windows is
Personally i found that life is easier( less stressful ) if i let Windows just have the mbr .
install grub on the first linux partition .
Use "dd" to copy it and add a line to XP's boot.ini

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Try to pass the following commands thru terminal (hope u still access Mint...

Try to pass the following commands thru terminal (hope u still access Mint Terminal)
sudo os-prober (probably it shows, Widows Chain loader) then pass as:
sudo update-grub
else boot with the Linux Mint disc and re-install Grub. It should see the windows partition and add it to the boot menu.
Hope it will restore the boot menu as u desire. If it does not work, then
fdisk -l
parted -l print (probably it shows partition no.1 for windows) then pass
grub-install /dev/sda
And reboot hope it will work.

For better info see here:
www.sevenforums.com/backup-restore/62209-remove-grub-restore-windows-7-a...

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Try to pass the following commands thru terminal (hope u still access Mint...

Try to pass the following commands thru terminal (hope u still access Mint Terminal)
sudo os-prober (probably it shows, Widows Chain loader) then pass as:
sudo update-grub
else boot with the Linux Mint disc and re-install Grub. It should see the windows partition and add it to the boot menu.
Hope it will restore the boot menu as u desire. If it does not work, then
fdisk -l
parted -l print (probably it shows partition no.1 for windows) then pass
grub-install /dev/sda
And reboot hope it will work.

For better info see here:
www.sevenforums.com/backup-restore/62209-remove-grub-restore-windows-7-a...

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Your new Linux Mint installation should have automatically detected your...

Your new Linux Mint installation should have automatically detected your existing Windows XP. If not run os-prober and update-grub from your Linux Mint terminal. On your next reboot, the GRUB menu should appear which will give you a chance to select the OS you want to boot.

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