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I'm usually on StackOverflow, but had a question about dual booting. I have been happily using Windows 7 booting to VHD ever since the RC. Now I am taking a class where the instructor wants us to install Fedora 12 KDE and, obviously, I want to keep Windows 7 and dual boot to this system. I'd rather not use a virtual machine like VirtualBox, since we need to do some things in regards to writing software drivers and the fact that it is going to be slower than booting to a physical machine (that said, there's nothing like boot to VHD for Linux/GRUB, is there?).

My dilemma is that once I install it I am afraid I will screw up the Windows 7 boot-loader and be unable to boot to Windows 7 because it is a VHD file.

Any thoughts on if this is true and how I can accomplish this safely?

Thanks, Josh

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The Grub boot manager is quite safe to use.

Setting up the boot to VHD in Windows 7 is very easy, so even if it did "screw up" it won't be hard to set up again. Following the steps on Scott Hanselman's blog and you're set.

My current configuration is, Windows 7 RTM, with an additional Win 7 VHD, on top of that is an Ubuntu installation, it's boot manager doesn't have any impact on the Windows boot list.

Once I select "Windows 7" under "Other Operating Systems:" in the grub boot manager, I'm presented with my two Windows 7 boot options.

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Did you install Windows 7 before or after your Ubuntu install? – Josh Barker Jan 28 '10 at 0:25
Windows was installed first. – Nick Josevski Jan 28 '10 at 1:48

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