Dual boot Windows with Linux

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  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       #31

    Problem solved


    Both Win 10 & Ubuntu had been installed but both Ubuntu partitions now show 100% free (which is my goal). However the boot loader remains and still points to Ubuntu as default but it will not launch (naturally). Without knowing whose boot loader it is, how can it be removed since there is now only one OS (Win 10) on the "BIOS" (NOT UEFI) machine ?

    Update - a post suggested first deleting both Ubuntu partitions before resolving the boot loader issue. However after deleting the 2 partitions and rebooting (expecting to see Win as an option) a "Grub rescue" prompt appeared. Since i don't speak Grub and since repeated bootings would not make it go away, the Macrium Reflect "rescue disk" was booted. Besides restoring backed up images, the rescue disk supports fixing boot problems - which it does very well. The boot loader has disappeared completely which was my goal. Macrium Reflect (including freebie product) is SUPER !! It "rescued" me twice recently.

    But after deleting both Ubuntu parts free space appeared to the RIGHT of the Win part which should have allowed expanding it but it did not - no reason given. Any ideas ?
    Last edited by BewilderedBob; 20 Jun 2016 at 11:26. Reason: UPDATE
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  2. Posts : 17,246
    Windows 11 Pro
       #32

    BewilderedBob said:
    But after deleting both Ubuntu parts free space appeared to the RIGHT of the Win part which should have allowed expanding it but it did not - no reason given. Any ideas ?
    Use MiniTool Partition Wizard free to extend the Windows partition:
    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free
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  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       #33

    mibaup said:
    Is there a tutorial here (I didn't find, so maybe in another place there's a good tutorial?) on how to be able to install both Linux and Windows 10 on my laptop's hard drive?
    So that when I restart my laptop I will be able to choose from either Windows 10 or Linux?

    I did that once with Windows 7, and I remember I had 2 possibilities: Either to be able to choose through a Linux prompt at the startup, or through a Windows prompt. I tried both options. (It was either doing it via a Microsoft boot manager or via Linux boot manager or something like that, I just can't remember)

    Hope it's clear enough

    **Edit: I remember there was some sort of Linux boot manager if you install Linux AFTER Windows, and if you then delete Linux completely, you had to repair Windows boot loader (Or it was the other way?i.e installing Windows AFTER Linux and then repairing Windows boot loader?)

    Thanks!
    Having just gone thru that install my recommendation (confirmed by another poster) is to use Oracle's Virtual Box in Windows. Guest OSes can be loaded as "virtual machines" and are easily accessed. The dual boot "loader" can create serious problems that are avoided by using Virtual Box instead.

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  4. Posts : 3,446
       #34

    VM's are cool for testing stuff only, for real world apps. dual is the way to go.

    Dual with Linux is simple .. Grub (or specifically Burg) is better than the bland powder-blue Windows boot menu.

    Where would I put GRUB for a dual boot? - Windows 10 Forums
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  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       #35

    Win partition manager


    NavyLCDR said:
    Use MiniTool Partition Wizard free to extend the Windows partition:
    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free
    Hi Commander; Thanx for the suggestion. The tool works well for me (and the price is right).

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