Originally posted by fireemblem555
I understand the concept of installing two different operating systems on two different partitions. However, I need to know how to choose which one to boot before I partition. After installing two OS (microsoft and debian gnu) how to I choose which one to boot?
I hope you know the way of installing dual o/s.
First install windows, then Linux.
put the grub/lilo of linux into MBR.
now when everything works ok, edit the lilo.conf/grub.conf/menu.lst (what ever u have ) to change the booting sequence.
In grub.conf "default = 0/1 " determines that which o/s will boot automatically.
0 : means the one which have 1st entry in the grub.conf
1 : means the one which have 2nd entry in the grub.conf
in lilo.conf you can do as above ( i think by default you don't get "default" option there, you have write it explicitly )
other way of doing is by interchanging the whole entry of particular o/s. it will change the default booting option
e.g if linux entry is 1st and windows is 2nd then by default ( in lilo without default option ) linux will boot automatically. Swapping the entries of linux with windows will change the default booting sequence.
Hope you will be able to do it now. If not then post the entries of your lilo.conf/grub.con/menu.lst.