Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a PC with Linux Mint installed on it, and I wanted to install Windows 7 alongside it.

What I have done is:

  • Created a bootable USB stick with Ubuntu.
  • Restarted the computer, this time with Ubuntu (running from my USB drive).
  • Created a partition on the main HD using GParted.
  • Formatted the partition to NTFS.
  • Restarted the computer, this time through the installation CD for Windows 7.
  • Installed Windows 7 with normal settings.

That all worked, and I'm writing this from Windows 7. But the thing is, when I boot my system, I don't get to choose what OS to run.

I checked the settings in msconfig, and in the Boot tab it has just Windows 7.

How can I boot Linux?

share|improve this question
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Assuming that you shrank the disc correctly with GPT, then the likely cause would be you overwrote your boot loader. Windows bootloader (Longhorn, I believe) does not detect Linux discs or add them to the boot menu. That being said, however, if you open the device manager - it should show an unrecognized portion of the disc missing (equal to your Mint size).

I am not sure which version of grub you use (Assuming you use grub), so you would need to get back in and re-configure GRUB.

How to Reinstall Grub into MBR
I would summarize this, but it's a bit long.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.