Okay, I have Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit installed on a laptop.
The Hard drive is Partitioned as follows:
- 80 Gig NTFS flagged as /Windows with nothing on it
- 80 Gig Ext4 flagged as /Boot with Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit installed
- 12 Gig Linux Swap flagged as /Swap (this partition is encrypted)
- Everything Else (about 800 Gig) NTFS not flagged
As soon as I figure out how to backup my Ubuntu (Since I have what I need installed on it and working I'm going to try to run deja dupe from a Live CD (it won't make a complete backup when I run it from the system)) I plan to use Hirens Boot Disc v14 to backup the MBR just in case.
So what do I need to do to get Windows 8 or 7 installed on that first partition without messing up Ubuntu too much?
Mostly I just see instructions to install linux on a system that has Windows on it (probably because it is more friendly with the Grub pointer on the MBR but I'm just guessing on that.) Since I'm doing this the other way around things are going to be different.
Please note that this is Preemptive, I have not installed Windows yet, it is more about what I need to do to protect Ubuntu from getting wiped out or damaged when I do install Windows.
Restoring my Linux from a backup is something I want to avoid if possible.
I'm thinking that if I backup the MBR before installing Windows and then restore it after installing Windows then the grub and Linux would be intact. I could then just boot to Linux and from Terminal update grub to include Windows.
Booting to a Live CD to restore Grub after the fact may also be an option if needed, but I would like to avoid that as well.