That’s really it, in a nutshell. It’s not that complicated, but a small mistake can lead to a non-bootable Windows partition, so be very careful, and if you’re unsure about some option, don’t choose it unless you fully understand what it does. Because a non-bootable Windows partition is a nightmare if your computer didn’t come with an installation or restore disc, which most don’t (which I find 100% inexcusable).
The above applies only to Windows 7 and earlier.
I recently bought a Windows 8 laptop, that has a UEFI BIOS. I did an Ubuntu installation the way I always have, but afterwards, Windows 8 was unbootable, and I had no recovery disc. I do not consider this a bad thing though, Windows 8 was the biggest pile of rubbish I have ever seen, and would not even let me log on until I provided MS with my name, age, gender, phone number, email address and birthdate, as well as involuntarily forcing me to set up a Windows Live account. Which was awful enough, but the OS itself seemed to be designed by a 3 year-old with ADD.
On 2013-02-27, foresthill <email@example.com> wrote:
> gogalthorp;2530352 Wrote: SNIP
> Because a non-bootable Windows
> partition is a nightmare if your computer didn’t come with an
> installation or restore disc, which most don’t (which I find 100%
> The above applies only to Windows 7 and earlier.
> I recently bought a Windows 8 laptop, that has a UEFI BIOS. I did an
> Ubuntu installation the way I always have, but afterwards, Windows 8 was
> unbootable, and I had no recovery disc. SNIP
In Windows 7, a recovery disk could be created within the operating system and booting from this disk allowed fixing
virtually any broken Windows 7 MBR. Is this no longer the case with Windows 8?
Now that you mention it, there probably is a key that could have been pressed while booting up that would have started the recovery process. But that would have taken me right back to where I was, a laptop with Windows 8 and no Linux. And after playing around with Windows 8 for 3-4 hours, I concluded that the OS was completely unacceptable and I had no use for it. So I just wiped the disc clean and installed a dual boot system with Win 7 and Linux. Windows 7 is definitely the last Microsoft OS I will ever use.