Removing Win7 from Dual Boot?

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  1. Lucifer666
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    Lucifer666 all the world needs is me

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    Hello Tempers.
    When my bro gave me his laptop, he installed a cracked version of Windows 7 on it.
    When I turn it on, I have dual boot for some reason. (both options are Windows 7, but only the top one works and the second one is empty)
    I'm curious to know how I can remove the second one because I want to have Ubuntu as a second option. (I'm guessing you can only have to operating systems)
    So for the time being I'm stuck running Ubuntu off a USB.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Valwin

    Valwin The Neautral Gamer

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    well il say use the W7 CD to fix the boot record
     
  3. FireEmblemGuy

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    You can have more than two operating systems (although how much hard drive space you have and want to give to each OS is a limiting factor), but getting rid of the second Windows 7 boot option is easy enough.

    Download EasyBCD, and hopefully from there it ought to be straightforward enough as long as you know which entry to remove. In the 'Edit Boot Menu' area, it should be the second option on the list if it's the second option at boot. If you're unsure or don't want to take the risk that I'm wrong about that, rename one of them, save settings, and reboot, allowing you to see the new names at the menu to confirm which is which.

    Download: http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/
    (at the bottom of the page, under the Buy Now link)
     
  4. Lucifer666
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    Lucifer666 all the world needs is me

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    Thank you, good sir.
    If I can have more than two operating systems, then there's definitely a problem though.
    I've been installing and installing Ubuntu over and over again, ensuring that it does get installed alongside Windows and shows up in dual-boot, but it didn't show up. I thought the problem was from that 2nd Windows 7. If it isn't, then that's another thing I actually might need help with.

    Thanks again!
     
  5. FireEmblemGuy

    FireEmblemGuy Celebrating a decade of shitposting

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    Are you installing it from inside Windows (using Wubi), or from a live environment (rebooting and installing from CD or USB)? If it's the former, I've never used that method and can't help you. If it's the latter, something's definitely wrong as by default Ubuntu installs its own boot menu in place of the Windows one.
     
  6. Rydian

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    Er, if it's just an entry in the loader can't he run msconfig and remove the bad entry from the boot tab?
     
  7. Zetta_x

    Zetta_x The Insane Statistician

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    Holy Shit! That existed Rydian?
    I have been going to system properties ---> Startup and Recovery ---> Set default OS to whichever

    *Facepalm so hard*

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    Edit: That's when I had a duplicate invalid entry, so it left both up there, just automatically starts into the right one. Rydian's way is a lot more efficient.
     
  8. Lucifer666
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    Lucifer666 all the world needs is me

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    I'm rebooting and installing from a USB, but I've actually figured it out.
    I'll post how I did it for future reference. :)

    1) Open up EasyBCD
    2) Add an entry under "Linux/BSD" and select GRUB 2 from the list of types. Name it whatever you want.
    3) Add the entry.
    4) Head over to the BCD Deployment tab
    5) Select "Install the Win Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR"
    6) Click "Write MBR"

    Done.

    Though I'm really not sure whether steps 4-6 are necessary. :unsure: