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    Windows 10 upgrade on a dual boot machine

    I see lots of discussion about installing Windows 10, including with a secondary operating system on a dual boot machine. I have an extra "play" machine with Windows 8.1 and Mint 17 on it. I have no personal files on it, I mostly just start it about once a month to get updates, etc. I plan to download and install Windows 10. So, my question is, what happens when it installs on a dual boot? Will the Mint 17 partition be deleted? That wouldn't be a disaster, of course; I can always re-do it, but I was thinking Windows 10 would simply install on the partition-and only the partition - Windows 8.1 is on. No?

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    Win10 will be installed only on the Win 8.1 partition. Other partitions should be left alone.

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    Rje,

    My GUESS, and that is all it is, it that it will NOT delete any partitions but will replace the boot loader thus rendering access to Mint null and void. However, a quick install of EasyBCD and you should be able to regain boot access to Mint. HTH
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    Well, two slightly different opinions, but with near opposite results. If I expect Mint will be rendered useless, then I should eliminate it before upgrading. Heck, I could wipe the entire HD and re-install W7 SP1 from the disk that came with the laptop. This is why it's a "play" machine and good for learning. Nothing to lose.
    Actually, I think I'll wait a bit and see if somebody reports the results of a similar situation. It's got to happen.

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    Not at all. Your MINT partition should not be affected. An upgrade to Windows will install a new boot loader. You just need to get the new boot loader to know about Mint.

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