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Install Dual-Boot of Linux Fedora 13 ('Goddard') on a Windows 7 computer (Win7 installed first and Linux's GRUB controlling startup after Linux installation)

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These guides will show you how to get a Linux GRUB boot loader menu when you install Linux Fedora 13 on a Windows 7 computer and create a dual-boot between the two operating systems. Linux is installed on its own partition or drive.

You must first decide on where you wish to install GRUB. It can be over the current MBR or on the Linux partition. In both cases a Linux-controlled boot menu will appear during bootup and will allow you to boot either operating system.

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Where do you want to install the Linux boot loader (GRUB2) ?

Option 1. To the MBR (Master Boot Record). Normally at the start of the first Primary partition.

Doing this overwrites the existing Windows-created MBR and boot loader (BCD) and makes it a little difficult to restore Windows as a single entity should you wish to do so at a later time. It has the advantage that the Linux partition is not marked as Active and you can install Linux itself on a Logical partition if necessary.

If you want to use Option 1 (To the MBR) then go to this page

Option 2. To the Linux partition.

In this case the Linux partition is marked as Active and therefore must be a Primary partition. However the original MBR and boot loader remain unchanged and you can easily restore the Windows-controlled boot by just making the originally active partition Active again.

If you want to use Option 2 (To the Linux partition) then go to this page

However, if you decide to let Windows (BCD) continue controlling the startup then go here.

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