Dual-Boot Partitioning – Safely Restore Windows While Keeping Linux Partition

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Currently, my computer is dual-booting Linux and Windows 7. A series of unfortunate events has led to me needing to restore Windows using a restore disc.

I want to know if this can be done without formatting my entire hard drive, as I don't want to get rid of my Linux partition. That is, I want to reset Windows – which already has a partition on my hard drive – without affecting any of my other partitions on my drive.

Best Answer

Restoring Windows will almost definitely break grub, and likely overwrite your linux partitions. You need to backup everything before the restoration, as you'll most likely be reinstalling Ubuntu after it's finished.

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