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Installing Windows 7 with some Linux help


I’ve been working with Windows 7 for some months now, and while 7’s not for netbooks, I vastly prefer Windows 7 to Vista. So, when it came time to try out the release candidate, I didn’t expect to have any trouble. I was wrong.

For the Windows 7 RC (release candidate), I used my main Windows test desktop: a Gateway DX4710. This PC is powered by a 2.5-GHz Intel Core 2 Quad processor and has 6GBs of RAM and an Intel GMA (Graphics Media Accelerator) 3100 for graphics. It’s no speed demon, but it gets the job done.

In the past, I had updated this desktop to Windows 7. This time, I took Microsoft’s word that the best thing to do was to install Windows 7 as a new operating system. That was a mistake. After zapping the Windows 7 beta on my PC, Windows 7 couldn’t find a hard drive partition to install itself on.

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