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I have a current working install of Ubuntu 13.10 64 bit that I am very happy with.

I need to install Windows 7 as a dual-boot, to give me the option of a launching Windows at boot time.

All the answers I can find are about installing Ubuntu after Windows.

Is this possible to do this without wrecking my Ubuntu Installation?

Any help appreciated

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Intel® Core™ i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz × 4 7.3 GiB 64-bit

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  • Yes, you can install Windows after Ubuntu without causing any damages to the Ubuntu installation.

  • All you have to do is create a separate ntfs partition for Windows on Ubuntu using Gparted Partition Editor, etc.

  • On the Windows installation, select the custom option to install Windows on the created ntfs partition.

  • Please note that the created ntfs partition would be a Primary Partition. Otherwise windows can't boot.

  • After windows is installed run Boot-repair.

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Great - Thanks Avinash. Will that automatically set up a boot choice of OS's as well or do I have to set that up? –  user236869 Jan 17 '14 at 14:52
After the windows installation was finished,you must ran boot-repair. –  Avinash Raj Jan 17 '14 at 14:55
That doesn't really answer 236869's question. IDK what the answer is, but I'm sure that if you run sudo update-grub in your terminal, a Windows boot option will be added automatically. –  TSJNachos117 Jan 18 '14 at 0:33
PS: If you can't boot Ubuntu after installing Windows, you can make it boot temporarily by using Super Grub Disk. That way, once you get Ubuntu running again, you can install/run Boot-Repair as a more permanent solution. –  TSJNachos117 Jan 18 '14 at 0:40
@TS You are wrong.After installing windows,windows bootloader take over the grub,so you can't boot into Ubuntu.After that there might be two options to dualboot windows and Ubuntu.They are, 1.Easy BCD ,2.Boot-repair .If you run boot-repair after installing windows,boot-repair will reinstall grub2 on the first disk aka /dev/sda.If boot-repair fails to show windows option on the grub,then you boot into Ubuntu and run sudo update-grub command on the terminal.Now the windows entry on the grub menu list will be added. –  Avinash Raj Jan 18 '14 at 1:21

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