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So I followed this guide on how to get Ubuntu to dual boot with Win 7: http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2012/05/17/how-to-dual-boot-ubuntu-12-04-and-windows-7/

The install went swell, and I made sure that Ubuntu installed the boot loader in dev/sda5 (the /boot).

I boot back into Windows as I fully expect Windows not to recognize Ubuntu yet.

I open up EasyBCD (like the tutorial), select all the options (GRUB2), select the boot partition I made before, wrote everything to the MBR and restarted.

Great, saw both Win7 and Ubuntu listed there. I select Ubuntu and am greeted with GRUB4DOS.

So, did I do something wrong or did EasyBCD screw something up.

The only reason I decided against GRUB2 as the primary bootloader was due to the fact that I read somewhere that Windows will mess with the MBR when it updates and I didn't want to deal with fixing everything on every update.

If this is false, is there an easy way going about getting GRUB2 back? I have a Live CD (usb) so I am familiar with the concept.

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EasyBCD uses grub4dos as the Windows boot loader only really boots Windows, so it creates a work around. Installing or reinstalling grub to MBR is not difficult and Windows will only sometimes overwrite MBR. help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair –  oldfred Nov 15 '13 at 4:55

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