If You installing Windows on a HDD whare Linux already intalled.
There is not a lot of reasons for this, in general installing windows its not a good idea (my opinion)! But if You really want this! This is the way to do it!
After Windows installation is complete. Boot live Linux Mint from USB flash or from DVD-ROM... and open terminal.
If You tray something like this (this worked on Debian squeeze, and I believe it sill works):
$sudo grub-install /dev/sda
On Mint this is what you will see:
grub-probe: error: failed to get canonical path of /cow.
Path `/boot/grub' is not readable by GRUB on boot. Installation is impossible. Aborting.
To fix this, mount rootfs. You need to specifay not only device ,bud path to mounted rootfs.
Enter something like this:
$sudo grub-install --recheck --root-directory=/media/mint/ac61ecb9-7b20-4d94-b9e2-9b1ece015459/ /dev/sda
Grub-probe will still complain ... bud its not important, cause grub will be installed successfully.
Now reboot (remove live cd or flash). Now You will not see grub menu, and Linux will boot up.
So ,You need to update grub:
And now all OS available in grub menu!
Video Player: mplayer
Media Center: xbmc (PC video on TV)
This is the reason for baying HTPC not a player with embedded software inside...
Music Player: deadbeef
Preferred lossless audio (flac)
Mail Client: gnome evolution mail
on Debian works better then on Mint or Ubuntu
Internet Browser: Firefox
Text Editor: Medit
For those how like notepad++ on Windows, I think, Medit is the best choice on Linux
Torrent Client: Deluge
for hex to bin & dec to hex ...
Disk & Partition Tools: Gnome disk utility
Debian squeeze version only (bad update for Ubuntu or Mint)
Home server: lighttpd,proftpd
Communication: skype 220.127.116.11 beta
I gonna use skype until this version works (updates not welcome!)
Now tying to find free & so-so working voip client, no success jet.
USB Boot disk creator: unetboot
Development: Qt-SDK, Codelite-IDE