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my winxp installation keeps completely freezing whenever i try to play some games, listen to music or watch videos, so i plan to completely wipe the windoze partition and re-install it.
if i do this, however, i'm rather worried that, at worst, windows will destroy my linux installation and, at best, grub will get extremely confused and not know how to boot into linux.
...so my questions:
a) if i just make a clean windows installation, is there any chance that linux will magically still work perfectly and my grub menu will automatically be the same as it is now...?
b) safely assuming not, how do i go about sorting out the bootloader so things are back to normal afterwards?
c) if i do have to make a completely clean install of *everything*, how do i back up my linux configuration...?
and, finally, if anyone's prepared to directly help with windows....
d) what the hell is wrong with windows in the first place? the whole system completely freezes when i listen to music in anything other than media player, start playing starwars galactic battlegrounds (jedi outcast also freezes but not until you exit the game and go back to windows, while call of duty *seems* to run perfectly, albeit off an external hdd) or try to watch dvds, avi or mpegs? everything works perfectly in linux and there're no obvious ram errors according to memtest86+ but windows alway insists on doing disk-checks at booting but never finds anything wrong with them. needless to say, i've updated my video/sound drivers but that doesn't help and i get the same problem no matter how recently defragmented the disk is. there's also no error reports in the event viewer.
About Windows destroying your Linux partition. I don't think you need to worry about that. If you already have a FAT32/NTFS partition at the beginning of the drive, to the best of my knowledge the Linux partition(s) should not be erased.
Check your manpages to see if you have the mkbootdisk or mkrescue scripts, and whether they have an --iso option. This option creates a boot.iso or rescue.iso file that you can burn to cd and use that to boot with.
It would be a good thing to have in the future in any case.