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Tri-booting windows 7, windows 8, and linux

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Last response: in Windows 8
December 12, 2011 3:48:48 PM

I currently have windows 7 and ubuntu 11.10 on my computer. I also want to install windows 8, but my friend did that and he can't boot into linux. Does anyone know of a fix for this, or even if there is one?

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December 12, 2011 3:57:16 PM

You might have to use the Linux boot manager to get them all to show up.

Depending on what you're doing in Linux, it may be easier/better to install VM viewer and install Ubuntu as an image and just launch the VM. Then you can run them simultaneously.

I don't know why you'd want to install Win 7 and 8 on the same machine, though...

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December 16, 2011 8:45:52 PM

There are two ways of triple booting Windows 7 + 8 + Ubuntu 11.10
1) Have Windows 8 control the booting
2) Have Ubuntu to control the booting
Windows 7 cannot boot Windows 8.

If you choose 1):
You can install Windows 8 a) to free partition or b) to VHD

If you choose 2) you have to install Windows 8 to partition or Ubuntu will not know about it.

Best would be Method 1) b) - Windows 7 and Ubuntu on partintions, Windows 8 to VHD

To install Windows 8 to VHD - there are plenty of tutorials on the internet. Follow one of them.

At this point you would have all three OS installed but only Windows 7 and Windows 8 present in boot menu.(Windows boot menu - Windows MBR)

The last step is to create an entry for Ubuntu 11.10 in Windows BCD (boot config data) store. You can use this clean and easy solution:

Copy file "/boot/grub/boot.img" from Ubuntu to Windows 7 partition - best in Windows "\" root folder. (This step can precede Windows 8 install as you have a dual boot install to start with - if later you can use the utility "ext2fsd" to access Ubuntu from Windows.)
Now create a "BootSectorLoader" in BCD and give it as "BootSectorFile" the file "\boot.img" - see here -> look for how to create Linux loader.
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December 16, 2011 10:20:42 PM

Best answer selected by morgoth780.
a b $ Windows 7
December 17, 2011 9:25:52 AM

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