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Best way to dual boot Joli OS and Windows 7, not using WUBI

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Hello - I Installed Joli OS into an existing Windows 7 Starter installation and while it worked for quite a while, I encountered a boot failure and could not get back into Joli OS.  After many  hours troubleshooting and researching on the internet, I abandoned the effort.  I believe something went wrong with WUBI.  I am now ready to start from scratch on the same system but would like to dual boot Joli OS and Windows 7 Starter using a different boot loader like GRUB (not the WUBI).  Is there a good step-by-step guide that would lead me in the right direction?  Thank you!
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This is all from memory but I believe these steps will serve you well. I'm assuming a full reinstallation, wiping the hard drive in the process.

1. Install Windows

Boot up into the Windows installation media you have, and choose custom install > advanced options and bring up the hard drive partition. Delete all partitions on computer and then create a new partition that is approximately 50% (if you want a 50/50 distribution of disk space) of the total drive. Click that new partition then click Install.

2. Install Joli

Now boot up into Joli, and let it automatically partition the remaining free space on the drive. Joli should overwrite your MBR with GRUB which, when the update-grub command is run from the installation script should create a boot menu with Windows and Joli.

3. Configure!

Configure each operating system as you like.
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Worked great!  Did as you mentioned, making a 20GB partition during the Windows 7 install on a non-partitioned drive (deleted all partitions).  Then, I installed Joli OS from USB (as recommended on Joli Site) in order for it to load to the free space on the drive.  During the 'prepare disk space' screen, I chose 'use the largest continuous free space' and it worked perfectly.  Now, GRUB is boot manager and not Windows or WUBI.  Thank you!
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