How to Install Windows 7 or 8 in Linpus Linux machine?
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How to Install Windows 7 or 8 in Linpus Linux machine?



Some new laptops comes along with Linpus Linux operating system. Though this Linux version of the operating system will not have features like Windows, people still choose to buy laptops with Linpus versions. The reason why, is the bottom line of the story, ‘to reduce price'. Laptops with Windows versions literally costs 4-5k extra bucks over the Linpus version of Linux.

Buying a product with desired configuration and for lesser price than the actual is a smart move. But remember, the smartness lasts till you don’t spend an extra rupee/dollar after that. If you are not familiar with Linux, you would find it difficult installing Windows operating system in Linpus environment and would regret buying the machine for a second.

I’ve faced such problem once and found a simple solution after a lot googling. The Linpus machine would take you to some where after the boot that makes you feel casted away. Don’t worry, the process will go smooth and will pick you up from the casted away island.

Booting in Windows environment

Before you boot your computer in Windows environment, make sure you had the bootable Windows 7 or 8 DVD or any other similar source for booting Windows.

 

  1. Restart your computer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del in Linpus environment.
  2. Keep pressing F2 or any other similar button that brings up BIOS options. Look for boot priority settings and change the first boot priority to ‘DVDRAM’ if you are using OS DVD or ‘Removable Media’ if you are using Bootable USB.
  3. Insert DVD into DVDRAM or plugin Bootable USB to the computer.
  4. Save settings and exit. The computer will restart and while booting it will ask you to hit any button to boot computer with DVD you have inserted(In some laptops, the ‘press any key to boot into DVD’ text may not be shown. Instead, a blank underscore(_) will be shown blinking for a couple of seconds. In that case also, press a key within 2 or 3 seconds).
  5. Then your computer will be booted into Windows environment. Don’t rush to the drive options and format the drive or delete the partition.
Note: Remember that you can boot into Windows environment but the actions on drive or drive partitions will not be considered.

Formatting Linux Partitions with Windows

Booting into Windows environment alone won’t bring you full control over your computer. Remember that the hard disk would be formatted with Linux before Linpus installed in it. So to install Windows, we must re-format it in Windows environment.

Formatting options that are available while installing Windows 7 or 8 aren’t helpful at all.  You must format the Linux partitioned HDD with Windows command prompt. To do so,
  1. Restart the computer into Windows environment again.
  2. Wait until the ‘Install Windows’ screen is shown.
  3. Press Shift+F10 to bring up the command prompt.
  4. Now type the following commands one after another,Type ‘diskpart’ and hit enter. A new DISKPART prompt will be opened.
    Type ‘help’ and hit enter.
diskpart command help

All the commands for DISKPART will be shown. Of them, we’ll be using SELECT command only. Using of other command options are up to you.

Type ‘select disk 0’ and hit enter. (disk 0 means disk zero).
Now type ‘clean’ and hit enter. This command will clean all the previous formats that are made using different other operating systems.

Close the command prompt window and proceed to the windows installation. Now format, delete or create partitions as per your requirement.

Please like and share this article if it helped you! Comment below if you had any problems regarding the processes.


11 comments:

  1. This was really helpful, thank you @sasidar.

    I had to switch to legacy boot, which doesn't support all the options on win8 as per microsoft. Is there any way to switch back to UEFI ?

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  2. Try this solution: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_install/guys-i-cant-get-back-to-uefi-after-switching-to/818483f4-ea59-42ff-af39-6866dd7891af

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  3. I tried to do as in your tutorial but when i start the laptop it only gives me 2 options: install linux 3.6 (i think) and boot from usb disk. Even if i try to boot from usb it starts installing linux anyway. What can i do?

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  4. Are you sure about making USB a bootable drive? Follow these tutorials to make USB removable drive bootable http://www.amfastech.com/2014/10/how-to-make-windows-81-bootable-usb.html
    http://www.amfastech.com/2013/06/how-to-make-your-usbdvd-windows-7.html

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  5. Thanks! :-)

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  6. I tried to do as in your tutorial but when i start the laptop it only gives me 2 options:boot Linpus OS and Create bootable usb disk. "Install Windows" screen is not shown up.

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    1. Are you sure that you've inserted Windows OS DVD ?

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    2. yes I tried with windows 8.1 OS DVD..

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    3. If the computer hardware is compatible with the Windows and the OS DVD is working, it should show up in boot options. Try with Windows 8.1 bootable USB drive once again. Check your boot options and make sure they are set to identify your USB ports and optical drives as boot sources.

      Hope that helps!

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