Windows installation over Linux

If you are running a Linux OS, and want to install a Windows OS over it then you have landed at the right place. This post guides you for successful installation of Windows over your Linux OS.

First of all, if you have not yet partitioned your Hard Drive properly its a bit of problem. If you have your Linux on ext format then installing windows is not possible, Windows does not recognize the ext file system. Windows works perfectly on NTFS system. To do so follow the steps:

  1. Make a Live OS Disk of any Linux Distro ( I had used Linux Mint 13 - KDE), and boot it up with the Live OS.
  2. Once the Live OS is running, go to Applications > Disk Manager
  3. Here you will see all your hard-drives with the space allocated and un-partitioned space.
  4. Create a NTFS partition, with desired space for installation of Windows.
Now you have set your machine with NTFS partition for Installation of Windows. Reboot your PC with Windows Disk/USB. The partition you created, would show up with the space you allocated. Install Windows with the settings you want.

The problem arises now, Windows when installed over Linux, removes GRUB. GRUB stands for GRand Unified Bootloader. You don't have to know much about it. It is responsible for booting your Linux Distro. Once this is removed, you will not be able to access your Linux. There are many ways to install the GRUB again. I give you a very easy way to install GRUB, its all GUI based, and hence no commands are involved. Here it goes:
  1. Download the Boot-Repair Disk,depending upon your machine (32/42 bits) from the following link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ubuntu-secured/files/
  2. Install it on a USB using http://www.pendrivelinux.com
  3. Reboot your PC using the USB. Ubuntu must boot from the USB.
  4. Click on Boot Repair, Located on the left side Applications Panel. Click yes when it asks for Update. Click on the Recommended Repair, once it opens, and there you go! Your GRUB is back, which gives you access to your Linux and Windows.

- The Guy Who Read Little
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