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install windows after arch?

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i have an arch install on my desktop, but now i kinda want a windows partition again. pretty sure its impossible, but anyone know a way to get this setup without losing my arch data?

if not, no worries, guess ill have to format and start over haha
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you should be able to repartition, and install windows.

then you would need to use the arch install cd to reinstall grub to the mbr.

i would imagine it be something like:

pacman -S grub2
grub-install /dev/sda (or however it is done, been awhile )
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If arch is using a full disk you will need to resize partition(s) first which may or may not be tricky based on your partition scheme. I'd suggest doing that from a live cd like parted magic.

Adding grub is easy I forget the commands but you it explains how do do it from the arch live install cd in the Arch wiki.
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LiveCD -> Resize partition! -> Install Windows!

If you want to delete the linux you can copy the files over after installing windows with the LiveCD (then delete linux partition and resize in windows). If not:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...tallingWindows

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It's easier to just install Windows first then have Grub take over otherwise you have to repeat steps.
     
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Originally Posted by phazer11 View Post
It's easier to just install Windows first then have Grub take over otherwise you have to repeat steps.
Re-size!!! You can't resize EXT(whatever) in windows.
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Oh ok sorry I got the impression it was a fresh install.
     
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