How can I move windows 10 boot files to another drive to allow linux

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    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64

    zxvadsf said:
    I reinstalled windows 10. The partition required for proper linux installation has been restored. I'll try a linux distro later.
    One advice to you before installing LINUX. Don't let GRUB loader to take over the MBR and control the booting process, but install GRUB on its own partition. Normally, when installing LINUX, it will install GRUB on the MBR of the disk and be the default boot manager. take a look at the screen shot:

    How can I move windows 10 boot files to another drive to allow linux-linux2.png
    By default, #1 will be installed and once done, you'll get an ugly dual boot screen from GRUB. #2 is the prefered way.
    1. Keep Windows boot manager in control.
    2. Since GRUB boot loader is in its own partition, you can boot it as a stand alone. You can
      also make an image or clone to another HD partition on another PC and it will work.
      What I did is to install and setup LINUX in one PC, make a copy and restore to another PC
      so all will be up to date.
    3. Windows won't know LINUX existed until you setup dual boot and you'll get the nice looking
      windows GUI dual boot menu using Easy BCD. If you later want to remove the dual boot, remove the
      entry with Easy BCD.
    4. Any update from Windows won't affect LINUX and vice versa.

    Having said all that. It's extremly easy to set up Linux to work with Windows. Here's the steps:
    1. Install Windows which you've already did
    2. Boot up LINUX to install. Follow the steps untill you get to the screen asking where to put the GRUB loader.
      Assuning that you'll install on the same disk as Windows, say Disk 0 then LINUX will select /dev/sda to install the loader,
      This step is important and if you miss it, it won't work. Select /dev/sda# where the # is the partition you will install LINUX,
      set up swap space and the rest to continue.
    3. Once done, reboot to Windows. At this point Windows is not aware of any LINUX existed since the GRUB
      loader is in its own partition.
    4. Download and install Easy BCD then run -> Add new entry -> select GRUB2->Select the installed Linux partition.
      How can I move windows 10 boot files to another drive to allow linux-2021-03-16_053604.jpg
    5. Reboot, you'll will get the nice looking dual boot menu.
      How can I move windows 10 boot files to another drive to allow linux-img_0256.jpg
    Last edited by topgundcp; 16 Mar 2021 at 10:28.
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  2. Posts : 20
    windows 10 pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the information. I'll consider it .
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