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Installing Fedora and preserving Grub

asked 2019-04-05 06:29:45 -0500

matthew84 gravatar image

updated 2019-04-05 11:52:39 -0500

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I installed Fedora 24 3 times last year.

Each times, Fedora ended up overwriting previous Grub with its own without asking. I don't even know during which part of the installation it did that.

This was not supposed to create any problems, but on a multiple boot including a Windows installed with the UEFI (I didn't want that…), I wasn't able to access my Windows at all after that.

I want to install Fedora 25 but I want to be sure it will not reinstall its own Grub.

Can I have tips to avoid that?

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Welcome to ask.fedora. I've removed the inappropriate commercial link from your question. Please don't do things like that again.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2019-04-05 11:53:35 -0500 )edit

@sideburns, don't you think it's strange to install F25 now, when it's almost or completely out of support? Maybe the only reason for the post was the link you've removed?

Night Romantic gravatar imageNight Romantic ( 2019-04-05 12:54:55 -0500 )edit

for anyone reading and thinking this is real "user" asking:

a) F24 is now 2.5 years old 
b) it's totally normal to install a bootloader when an OS gets installed to a pc
c) overwriting old, buggy, outdated bootloaders isn't something you wanne prevent.
d) Windows gets detected automatically these days, so grub will add it by default, means there is no reason to keep the old bootloader.
rdtcustomercare gravatar imagerdtcustomercare ( 2019-04-05 12:58:34 -0500 )edit

ofcourse it was a bot.. each week a doozend gets removed and silenced ;)

rdtcustomercare gravatar imagerdtcustomercare ( 2019-04-05 12:59:55 -0500 )edit

The link was tacked on at the end, almost as an afterthought, which is why I just removed it and didn't ban the poster as a spammer. Let's see if he learns from the experience.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2019-04-05 13:02:18 -0500 )edit

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answered 2019-04-05 13:19:19 -0500

Night Romantic gravatar image

If anyone ever needs answer to this question (regardless of Fedora version in question), the option not to install bootloader is in the installer on the page where you choose your desired partition/disk layout. I don't remember exactly, you should choose something like additional parameters, but it always was there, and think it always will be (useful option for multiboot system it is).

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answered 2019-04-05 14:21:54 -0500

I have experience with supporting specific hardware that is supported only in past distributions.

I think it would be natural to ask for help even if it is a little struggling and wrong. Sometimes it is also necessary to give a little generous response to previous distributions.

Even if you need the latest technology, there are times when it is impossible for the equipment you supported in the past to support all of the latest technologies.

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