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December 28, 2014

Launching Zorin over Windows 7

I've been struggling, making incremental advances on this for two weeks, so my memory may not be 100%, but here goes...
Put Zorin on a USB stick, booted into the Live environment, then installed into the unallocated partition on the disk (around 450 MB available).
Following the advice from a video, i set up a 30MB partition, ext 4 journo, mount point :/ , then a 4MB swap area at the End, and the rest was a :/home, Ext4 journo.

I hit install and got a warning that there needed to be another partition for a backup BIOS, or something to that effect. So i took my best guess and but a 4MB partition, i think at the beginning of the whole group with the BIOS use selected, after which the OS install seemed to go OK.
So back to Windows, download BCD 2.2, left GRUB 2 as the default NeoSmart, put GRUB legacy to boot on the 30GB partition, checked the box for default OS, moved it above Windows, hit Add Entry, and restart the computer.
Are you with me so far?
So now i get a screen that allows me to choose Zorin or Windows, and with trembling hands i choose Zorin... and get a screen saying that Windows could not boot. Well duh!

So i can still boot Windows with no problem, and i can get Zorin off the Live USB just fine, and when i check the disk partitions there ane no unallocated spaces, but several blue-framed, healthy partitions, and there's less available space on the hard drive, so i suspect that Zorin probably did install correctly, but why is Windows being a bully? Did i do something wrong with that fourth BIOS partition at Install, or choose the wrong partition from BCD, or is there something else that i'm completely unaware of?
I'm grateful for any advice, but i'm the dumbest guy i know, so you'll probably have to talk to me like i'm 5 years old!
Thanks gang!

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