I tried to setup my PC with Win7 and Antergos for the last 5 days, and it wasn’t possible, no matter what turorials or instructions I followed. All I did was to wipe my harddrive a couple of times.
Get a sceond PC for Linux is my advice. Don’t even think about dual-booting as it will only make your system unstable or unusable.
I checked the compatibility list of crossover, just as I did with PlayOnLinux (Wine) before, but Photoshop and Illustrator don’t really work very well on either of those solutions.
Let’s face it, without native support for all the professional graphics-, 3d, video- and audio-software Linux isn’t really an alternative to Windows or MacOS. I especially need Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, as these are the standards used in the economy. Without them noone can work as a professional graphics-designer in print-media. Same goes for the others I’ve mentioned. Adobe CS/CC, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, Logic Pro, Cinema4D, 3dsMax, etc, etc, etc… these are the tools needed on Linux to make it a viable workstation OS.
I was interested in using Antergos for everything else, switching to Win7 only for work, but it doesn’t seem to work reliably, so there’s really nothing left then to degrade Linux as a toy OS.
So, after installing Windows 7 completely new with the appropiate UEFI-settings I had the EFI bootpartition necessary to start a new try. After having installed Win7 and the mandatory drivers, and all that I went on to installing Antergos - Mate in the therefore reserved partitions (boot, root, home and swap) which I allready created (unformatted) when I installed Windows 7.
All went well until it was time again to boot into Windows 7. The Grub-loader didn’t have an entry for Windows 7, so I went through the BIOS boot loader. After booting into Windows 7 all looked good and I called it a day as it was late.
The next day I started the PC and it booted straight into Windows 7 again instead of showing the Antergos boot-loader. So I rebooted and checked in the BIOS boot loader again and lo and behold the Antergos-entry was gone again.
I did everything by the book from the start, and still dual-boot doesn’t work
Seriously. This has to be the crappiest system ever invented, as it simply doesn’t work. And I don’t even have fancy hardware (Gigabyte GA H97-N WiFi, i7-5775C, 16GB Cruicial Ballsitix, 256GB Cruicial MX200). No graphics-cards, no soundcards, no nothing that could make it difficult really. BIOS is upto date aswell and works just fine.
So today I went ahead and killed the whole thing again and only installed Antergos - Mate. So far, even after rebooting a couple of times it’s just fine, but that still isn’t a solution, as I can’t use my Adobe software, which I pretty much need for work.
Tomorrow I’ll be installing Win7 again and ditch the whole Linux-idea for good on my main-rig. Linux is good for all of my media/office/internet rigs, but it proofs yet again that it isn’t made for professional use
Yeah, Windows 7 is not showing in the Antergos Boot Screen. But thanks for the help there. It worked to some extend.
I can boot into Windows 7 through the motherboard tools by pressing F12 and then choosing the Windows Boot Loader, but as there’s two of them showing it’s a 50/50 chance to get the right oine, as they don’t stay in order.
Why has this to be so complicated? Why isn’t there an easier solution? Questions over questions…
Anyways, this solution isn’t working for me in the long run, so I guess my work PC won’t use Linux after all :(
So, I’ve finally come to the decision to use Linux on my main PC aswell, like I do on all my other machines allready, but I’m can’t completely give up Win7 as there’s a couple programs that don’t work in Linux (mainly Photoshop and Illustrator), which I need for work.
My sysem uses two disks (SSD for OS and HDD for data/files). I made room on my SSD to install Antergos, but I can’t install it, as the needed FAT32 ESP (boot partition) is nowhere to be found. I disabled the secure boot option in the UEFI and fast boot is not available in Win7 anyways, rebooted the system but still nothing.
There’s two partitions to be found, but both are formatted in NTFS, which doesn’t help ofc. One small partition and C:.
So, my question would be, how do I get this done?
Is there another option in Antergos I’m missing, or is there an option to install Win7 in a different way so that I have a FAT32 ESP partition.
I’m at a loss here, as this is the first time I try to setup a system with dualboot capabilities.