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    Question need advice installing dual boot with Windows recovery partition

    I have a HP Pavillion g7 Notebook with Windows 7 Home Premium and HP recovery partition for Windows 7.
    My question is, what to take care of when installing Suse Linux for dual boot.

    My concerns are:

    1. retaining default functionality for the Windows 7 recovery partition in case I need to restore Windows to factory settings
    2. that the boot-loader recognizes Windows 7 in the boot menu screen

    Please advice

    Thank You

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    Default Re: need advice installing dual boot with Windows recovery partition

    On 2012-05-29 13:06, renderwerx wrote:
    > Please advice


    Need the exact partition table for advising. Print the output of "fdisk -l"
    from any Linux live. Do it inside code tags or post a photo on susepaste.

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    Default Re: need advice installing dual boot with Windows recovery partition

    Simply do not touch that recovery partition (the installer will btw not do this by default, thus you must destroy it deliberately).

    And likewise the installer will recocnise your Windows and offer you to create a double boot configuration. It will likewise offer you to mount your Windows partitions in the openSUSE system on places like /Windows/C so you can access the Windows data from openSUSE.

    Just try it. Put th DVD in and boot from it. Follow the instructions until the point that it tells you in a long list what it intends to do to your system. You can still bail out then. And when you hesitate, take notes and come back here for advice.
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    Default Re: need advice installing dual boot with Windows recovery partition

    On 2012-05-29 13:56, hcvv wrote:
    > And likewise the installer will recocnise your Windows and offer you
    > to create a double boot configuration


    Not if he has 4 primaries, which some recent laptops do.

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    Default Re: need advice installing dual boot with Windows recovery partition

    On 2012-05-29 13:06, renderwerx wrote:

    > My concerns are:
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    > 1. retaining default functionality for the Windows 7 recovery partition
    > in case I need to restore Windows to factory settings


    Forget it. The recovery action will work, but will also destroy Linux and
    all your partitioning and resizing. Instead, you have to image the disk
    after Linux installation.

    > 2. that the boot-loader recognizes Windows 7 in the boot menu screen


    That part is easy.


    But a concrete plan can not be made till you post your real data.


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    Default Re: need advice installing dual boot with Windows recovery partition

    In any case, why not let the installer tell what it thinks?

    Also when he asks " to restore Windows to factory settings", IMHO you should not say:
    Forget it. The recovery action will work, but will also destroy Linux
    but: "Yes, it will and of course then destroy your Linux".
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: need advice installing dual boot with Windows recovery partition

    On 2012-05-29 15:46, hcvv wrote:
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    > In any case, why not let the installer tell what it thinks?


    Because unless he is an expert, he will not understand and it will have to
    ask again, as many have already done ;-)

    The installer will probably suggest to delete a partition.

    > Also when he asks " to restore Windows to factory settings", IMHO you
    > should not say:
    >> Forget it. The recovery action will work, but will also destroy Linux

    > but: "Yes, it will and of course then destroy your Linux".


    it's the same thing with different wording.

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    Default Re: need advice installing dual boot with Windows recovery partition

    Before installing Linux, you should try a live CD to see if it's running fine on your laptop. If it does, use Windows disk manager to shrink your Windows data partition (the biggest one). It is safer. Try to free at least 40GB for Linux. Then install Linux in that space. The boot manager ist not a problem (normally). If it doesn't add the correct entry for Windows, come back here and we'll fix that.

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    Default Re: need advice installing dual boot with Windows recovery partition

    I just downloaded a live CD
    I will come back here then

    meanwhile, Thanks for the replies

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    Default Re: need advice installing dual boot with Windows recovery partition

    OK, I downloaded a live CD burned to disk
    apart from that I have full distros of OpenSuse 12.1 and Suse Enterprise Desktop
    My old laptop is running on izs last leg that's why i wanna install Suse in dual boot

    All, including the live CD boot on my old laptop, but not on my HP notebook.
    I went into BIOS and boot from CD is enabled including to boot from USB.

    My Win XP CD boots up nicely but not a hell of a chance to get ANY Suse DVD to boot.
    WTF is going on????
    They boot on my old laptop but not on the HP laptop

    I'm a bit "lost" on that one
    any idea ?
    Honestly, no joke... XP is booting but no Linux
    does it mean my old laptop is superior to a new one??? helloooo??
    Or does something else interfer? My only conclusion is perhaps the BIOS is f.... up? but don't think so....LOL

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