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I purchased a PC six months ago for work related tasks. I do 95% of my work on Ubuntu (web development). Now, I want to install Windows on another partition to play a few games on my relax time. Which steps should I follow? Any suggestions? Every guide I found suggest to install Windows and, after that, Ubuntu. Being this my main development machine, I cannot afford the risk of wiping everything.

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Related (probably not quite a duplicate, but the procedures for restoring GRUB to the MBR are the same): How can I repair grub? (How to get Ubuntu back after installing Windows?) –  Eliah Kagan Aug 13 '13 at 4:17

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First, back up your data. Keep in mind, when installing an OS, over writing data is often a mouse click away.

Second, boot the ubuntu desktop CD, resize your partitions, and make a NTFS partition for Windows.

Then install Windows into the NTFS partitions. You may need to find drivers for your hardware.

Then boot the Ubuntu CD again and re-install grub. You can do this graphically with boot-repair

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair

See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair for details.

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Shouldn't sudo update-grub be enough? Why the need for the repair tool? –  bioShark Jan 4 '12 at 23:12
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You can install grub from the command line if you wish. I choose the graphical method is advised on the ubuntu wiki help.ubuntu.com/community/…. –  bodhi.zazen Jan 4 '12 at 23:19
    
It's not me with the issue, I'm just a bystander checking new ideas :). But all in all, good tip about the UI Tool. –  bioShark Jan 4 '12 at 23:20
    
boot-repair seems popular, check it out. In addition to re-installing grub you can set a few options. –  bodhi.zazen Jan 4 '12 at 23:22
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boot-repair is the de facto tool for the job, if a user is asking how to install Windows after installing Linux a GUI tool is the way to go ;) –  Bruno Pereira Mar 14 '12 at 9:49

Check out this

As pointed out in that answer it's impossible to partition 100% safely, consider a backup if you can't afford any risks. Anyways it is quite unlikely something will go wrong, I did what I wrote and everything went well.

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