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I've searched far and wide, but still haven't found a way to do what I want;

I want to set up a GNU GRUB dualboot with windows 7 and ubuntu 13. As of now, I am running a;

  • Alienware M15X Purchased September 14 2010
  • Intel Core i7 CPU Q740 @ 1.73GHz 1.73GHz
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series

I want to wipe everything on my desktop other than files necessary for windows to still perform. I want no information left, other than windows 7 in a running state. After that, I'll add Ubuntu as a dual-boot using GNU GRUB. Any recommendations?

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This looks to be more of a windows question rather than a Ubuntu question. The question sounded like you dont want to keep even the data. If that is the case, you can very well format and prepare the system a fresh. But if you have some programs which you will not be able to reinstall, then that is not an option.

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This is probably your best course of action: you make a recovery disk in Windows, boot off of it, and re-install, which will wipe your hard drive and give you a fresh install. Afterwards, make an Ubuntu boot disk and select "Boot alongside Windows 7" at installation. Then just follow the instructions on screen from there on out.

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The files in Windows you can uninstall via Windows control panel and delete any folders that you don't need. Then for Ubuntu this link has all the answers for a windows user not familar with Ubuntu.

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