How to install Win 7 on PC running Linux Mint

August 23, 2010 at 11:55:11
Specs: Linux i686, 6.0.2 ghtz 2.0 gb ram
I want to install windows 7 on my computer. it is currently running linux mint, when i go to install windows 7 it says that the drive is not formatted correctly. and i cant figure out how to format it so that i can install windows 7.

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#1
August 23, 2010 at 12:41:28
Are you going to keep mint too, of just have Windows 7? How many partitions do you currently have on the hard drive?

If you only want Windows 7 and don't need to save any partitons then use the custom install feature with the Windows 7 DVD. Delete all partitions and then create a new primary partition. The size of that primary partition depends on the size of your entire hard drive. I recommend using at least two partitions. One for Windows and another for your programs. If you have a fairly large drive you could make three partitions and use the third one for your personal files like pictures and music which take up lots of room.

After you have created at least one primary partition you can select to install Windows 7 on it. Windows 7 will ask you how you want to format the partition. Choose NTFS.


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#2
August 23, 2010 at 15:30:13
There is no other choice for Windows 7 partition, it can only be installed on NTFS.

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