Yea, that'* the other thing I was going to suggest, but then it redoes all the formatting of the drive, takes 12 hours, and overall is just a large pain in the ***. Gets you thinking... I paid $15 and waited a week for this!?
What about converting over to linux as a main os, then running a windows 7 vm for when you need windows. You should have no problem installing it on a vm, and then you can run both at the same time. Ubuntu is more and more getting in the position of being able to replace Windows as a main operating system. I try to use it as much as possible and switch to my vm for things that are either too much of a pain to work with in linux or just don't work.
COTY - 2012
Tom - 03' Bonneville SSEi', 00' Sierra SLE, 1980 Goldwing GL1100 Interstate