win 7 dual boot

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Wed Oct 28 14:22:59 UTC 2009

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 10:16:27PM -0400, Aryeh M. Friedman wrote:

> Jack L. wrote:
> >I was able to dual boot win7 and freebsd 8 without any problem, just
> >installed windows first and installed freebsd with the freebsd boot
> >manager and it said F1 windows and the rest are FreeBSD
> >  
> I am attempting to avoid having to reinstall the fb side of things ;-)

Sure.  Then, probably doing as you said - install the Win7 and let it
do its thing and then reinstall the FreeBSD MBR.  You should probably
be able to use the "Fixit" CD boot for that.   I don't know EasyBCD,
but if it worked before, it will probably work with this too.
I don't think anything much has changed in that area.


> >On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 7:11 PM, Aryeh M. Friedman
> ><aryeh.friedman at> wrote:
> >  
> >>I am about to go out and buy windows 7 to replace my vista partition... 
> >>when
> >>I installed vista I had to  do some  boot manager tricks (both before and
> >>after install)... namely I had to allow windows to nuke my mbr then use
> >>EasyBCD to remake it in such a way that vista would still find it's 
> >>"magic"
> >>bytes in the mbr... does anyone know if win 7 has any similar issues 
> >>and/or
> >>any other weirdness in reguards to dual booting?
> >>
> >>Completely side question I use sysutils/fusefs-ntfs to mount my vista
> >>partition do I need to change anything in my /etc/rc.d/* hierachy and/or
> >>/etc/fstab  after installing win 7 (I use a direct call to ntfs-3g instead
> >>of via the mount patch [which doesn't work on 8.0-XXX it seems {I am on 
> >>RC2
> >>right now}]?
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