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Linux Mint 16 and Windows 7: please help


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#1 Slyeman

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:31 PM

So for the holidays my sister got me Linux Mint 16, I want to duel boot but i'm not sure if i did it right.

 

My computer is a Acer, but when i boot now it has 6 different options for what i would like to boot into, I am very confused and am wondering weather i had done something wrong...

 

Please help me 



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 10:42 PM

It sounds like the typical GRUB menu that you will see if you install Linux.  If the options are along the lines of:

 

Linux Mint

Linux Mint Recovery Mode

Memtestx86

Memtestx86 with Serial Support

Windows Recovery Environment (I'm guessing as it's a pre-built Acer machine this is likely to be an option)

Windows 7 Loader

 

They might not be exactly as written but along those lines - then that is what is to be expected.

 

As long as the options work as intended (does the Windows 7 option start Windows 7?  Does the Linux Mint option start Mint?) then it can be considered to be working properly.


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Posted 28 December 2013 - 03:42 PM

Ya that is what it says, but my question is can i remove/hide the other options so i don't continue to confuse myself?



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 04:43 PM

Yes you can.  Word of warning, if you mess up grub it can cause your system to not start.

 

You have two main options - manually edit the config files for grub2 in Linux, or you can use a GUI program called Grub Customizer to somewhat simplify the process.  If you are completely new to Linux, I would suggest using Grub Customizer.

 

This link explains how to install Grub Customizer in Linux Mint (enter the terminal commands starting with "sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer") - https://launchpad.net/~danielrichter2007/+archive/grub-customizer

 

OR

 

This link explains how you can manually remove entries from the grub2 menu by editing the relevant files - http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/910

 

NOTE I've edited the link for how to install as the first one I used gave instructions for compiling the program from source in Linux Mint Debian Edition.  It's simpler just to use the Ubuntu method, as Mint 16 is an Ubuntu derivative.


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Posted 28 December 2013 - 04:47 PM

Thank you so much your awesome!






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