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I need to start over because I asked the wrong question

by itsdigger / July 20, 2013 6:28 AM PDT

in my previous post and don't want to confuse things. Here's what I really want to do...I have two os's on my hdd, one Win 7 and one Linux. I really don't like running Linux live cd's or running it in a virtual box . Most linux distro's don't have a way to wipe it from the hdd and install another in it's place, so I end up reinstalling Win 7 first than the new distro . Is there a way to do this without always starting from scratch and reinstalling Win 7 ?

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Duel boot
by Ray_moe / July 20, 2013 9:20 PM PDT

How are you installing Linuxlite
Are you using wubi
Are you using two partitions on the hdd's

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I believe wubi
by itsdigger / July 21, 2013 1:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Duel boot

only works for Ubuntu and maybe Mint.

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I don't believe Mint has Wubi
by wpgwpg / July 21, 2013 1:59 AM PDT
In reply to: I believe wubi

I've seen nothing about Wubi in Mint. It is in Ubuntu as you say.

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I tried it once and didn't have any luck wpwg
by itsdigger / July 21, 2013 2:04 AM PDT
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Duel boot
by Ray_moe / July 21, 2013 10:47 AM PDT
In reply to: I believe wubi

Windows 7 and linux
If you have them on a seperate partition
You can use gparted to delete the linux partition
Then when you install the next o/s use something else and configured the partition you deleted for the new

This is somewhat of a guess as your info as to what you actually have is rather fuzzy
Good luck

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Hi Ray
by itsdigger / July 21, 2013 11:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Duel boot

Thanks for the input. I'll be trying gparted on the next go round...Digger

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When I tested Mint, I reinstalled it w/o reinstalling Win 7
by wpgwpg / July 21, 2013 2:03 AM PDT

When you first install Mint, you point it at a partition. Out of that partition it carves its own space which you determine the size of. After that if you install a new distro (of Mint anyway), it will go to that carved out partition.

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that's true But
by itsdigger / July 21, 2013 2:10 AM PDT

most Distro's don't have that. For instance I'm trying out a new Debian based Distro and have to create another partition. Looks pretty cutting edge for Debian , have a look-> ..Digger

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