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Windows 7+Fedora17 dual boot

asked 2012-09-22 16:45:33 -0500

Sparsh gravatar image

I have installed Fedora 17 on my hard drive and want to install windows 7, can someone please explain how to install windows 7 without erasing my current F17 OS ?


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installing windows 7 will surely erase the GRUB from MBR so boot from live cd after installing windows and install GRUB

Akshay gravatar imageAkshay ( 2012-09-22 23:19:12 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-02-06 02:57:43 -0500

Rahul Bhadana gravatar image

if you install windows 7 in other disk volume (primary) it will not erase fedora 17 but erase the grub and then see will see that you are unable to boot in fedora

now you have 2 option to fix them

1 - Add Fedora 17 in Windows boot loader

it can be done by using easyBCD simply add boot entry (grub 2) it will automatically detect the Fedora partition .

2 Add windows 7 in grub2 by reinstalling grub for this see the video

After this if your windows in not listed in grub 2 then type

grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

Even if Windows is not listed retry after mounting your Windows drive

    Have a look at [video](
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answered 2012-09-25 19:14:47 -0500

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updated 2012-09-25 20:13:50 -0500

as said @Akashay "installing windows 7 will surely erase the GRUB from MBR" then you need install or fix grub.

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There are ways to handle this issue with tools provided by Fedora. Since this is a Fedora support venue, it seems most appropriate to provide answers using those tools.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2012-12-16 01:14:25 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-12-16 01:17:31 -0500

There are a number of tools that can help you resize your partitions - just make sure you are resizing the filesystem AND the partition. When it comes time to reinstall GRUB, consult

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