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Replacing windows boot loader by GRUB
I have a dual boot ubuntu edgy and win xp. After not using win xp for a long time, it crashes so i was forced to reinstall it and now my GRUB doesn't appear when I boot my computer.
I don't know how I can go to rescue mode in ubuntu, whereas in fedora there was such option. Anyhow, I used ubuntu cd live and loaded windows and I mounted my linux partition used grub-install /dev/hda
but it doesn't recognize it.
my windows partition is in /dev/hda1
file system is in /dev/hda2 and swap is in /dev/hda3
I hate to repeat it but it is 10 times harder to get Windows NTLDR to boot a Linux.
Not many users realise that in order for NTLDR to work the Linux must has a working boot loader first so that its first 512 bytes can be copied into Windows "c" because Windows is so lazy or dumb to come out to fetch it from a partition foreign to itself. You then have to find a way to write the boot loader into a NTFS partition, unhide boot.ini to add Linux's entry, hide boot.ini again and it may not even work reliably. If your Linux uses Lilo and you may need to alter Lilo a few times then you will know what I mean by 10 times harder.