Dual boot: Windows 7 + Xubuntu 14.04

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    More goodness: Here's an extensive, step-by-step tutorial to installing and configuring Windows 7 and Xubuntu (14.04 Trusty Tahr) with Xfce desktop in a dual-boot, side-by-side configuration on a real, production machine - Lenovo T400 laptop with SSD, including preliminary reading and preparation steps, Windows 7 installation, Ubuntu installation, hardware setup, disk and partition layout change, GRUB2 bootloader setup, tests in both operating systems, other tips and tricks, and more. Enjoy.

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/dual-boot-windows-7-xubuntu.html


    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  2. Umbra

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    nice MrK,

    note: i have a UEFI/GPT machine

    i observed that my Win8.1.1 recovery feature (aka Reset/Refresh) is broken by the dual-boot (even if after i remove Linux and set the partitions sizes as before the dual-boot; i think it is because the UUID or path are changed by the addition of new partitions so the recovery features can't locate the new .wim location and can't factory restore. (in my case , 3 new linux partitions), i tried various fixes but none avails (i.e: reagentc -disable/enable, etc...)

    from now, to reinstall Windows, i have to create a bootable Win8 USB, extract the real OEM license from the hardware (via some linux commands) and force it via some Windows command line after the re-installation.

    to summarize the hidden recovery partitions of Win8 are still present but can't be used for a Refresh/Reset of Windows.

    it may be a serious issue for less advanced users than us , if they want reinstall their Windows; because of some machine the Windows's license key is not given to the user.

    can you reproduce it? and if you find a fix , tell me , it will be REALLY appreciated !
     
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  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Less advanced users won't be doing anything that.
    But I'll see what gives.
    Mrk
     
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    I don't know for sure, but perhaps Nirsoft has a utility to recover the product key.
     
  5. Umbra

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    yes they have , i have to use Linux because i wiped Windows
     
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