My very old Windows 98 installation was hosed due to some severe disk problems which kept Windows 98 practically unbootable so I installed Windows 2000 from an old CD of my cousin over it.
The fact is that I expected it to overwrite GRUB in the MBR and was fully prepared for it. Imagine my surprise when Windows 2000 setup completed without even rewriting the MBR and GRUB loaded without a hitch!
Now I've not used Windows in *ages* (I'm doing this installation for my father
) so I really don't remember whether Win2k replaces the MBR or not, but from what I vaguely remember I thought it did.
Can anybody shed some light on this?
(I had earlier removed the Win98 installation completely and it was reformatted to NTFS during the Windows installation.).
Another interesting point - Windows 2000 setup showed all the "partitions" on my system and although it detected linux as undetected, it still gave me a choice to install it wherever I wanted.
Not that I'm complaining or anything, but this behaviour seemed strange enough to warrant a thread.