I use EasyBCD: http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
to Dualboot my Vista/PCLinuxOS system, which I have found is a good way to go.
For Win7 system, follow these steps:
1. Install PCLinuxOS but save Bootloader (Grub) to your / partition rather than to the MBR.
2. Reboot the System and load Win7;
3. Install EasyBCD in Win7;
4. Run EasyBCD and add a new entry for Linux;
5. Configure the entry for Linux in EasyBCD to chainboot Grub from your / partition, then save the settings;
6. Reboot the System and viola, you should have dual entries for Win7 and Linux.
Vista had a tendency to destroy Grub on occasion and that is why I use EasyBCD to dual-boot instead of Grub. It works just as well.
Thanks for that info. I've marked it for future reference. Although r2r's 100 MB sda1 partition was put there by Dell, I just learned a couple of days ago that a new Windows7 install also creates a 100 MB partition as the first one on the disk. Can anyone verify that?
Yes I can confirm that about the 100MB partition and interestingly enough these are the five folders and files that are on it.
1. Boot Folder
2. Recycler Folder
3.System volume information Folder
But, as I previously mentioned, that 100-meg partition that the win7 install makes can be avoided.
You have to make that first partition with a PCLOS-live-cd. On this laptop, that win7 partition is 80-gigs. Format it NTFS (not
the one with the 3G on the end)...of course while in the PCLOS-live-cd.
Click on the PC-start-button and reboot. When it tells you to take the live-cd out, do so and put in the win7-dvd. It boots up. At the appropriate screen, click on advanced just to make sure it is installing to the partition you made and formatted in NTFS.
It will start the install without
making that darn 100-meg partition...! Do I sound a bit controlling...