LinuxQuestions.org
Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Password
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 08-19-2009, 01:19 PM   #1
mcifdo
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2009
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Windows XP & Fedora Core 6 with GRUB as the boot loader on a host. Which one first?


If Windows XP and Fedora Core 6 with GRUB as the boot loader have to be installed on a host, which operating system should be installed first?
 
Old 08-19-2009, 01:20 PM   #2
b0uncer
Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: CentOS, OS X
Posts: 5,131

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
It can be done either one first, but it's probably easier if you put Windows first, Fedora second. This way GRUB is installed as the last bootloader (Windows doesn't ask you if you'd like it to overwrite your existing bootloader...)
 
Old 08-19-2009, 01:28 PM   #3
mushroomboy
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: Debian Testing ALWAYS!!!
Posts: 363

Rep: Reputation: 43
he is right, should install linux seccond and the grub on the same partition as you installed linux. then just make the linux partition active so it boots instead of the partition the windows loader is on. you can always edit grub to boot windows
 
Old 08-19-2009, 01:33 PM   #4
b0uncer
Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: CentOS, OS X
Posts: 5,131

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I personally prefer installing GRUB to the MBR of the harddisk instead of beginning of a partition. Again, this can be done either way, and it's just my personal preference. Though there is this thing: if you install GRUB to MBR, it will overwrite your Windows bootloader. This is no problem, but if you later decide you want the Windows bootloader back, you'll need the Windows setup/recovery disc from where you can reinstall it.
 
Old 08-19-2009, 04:51 PM   #5
mushroomboy
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: Debian Testing ALWAYS!!!
Posts: 363

Rep: Reputation: 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by b0uncer View Post
I personally prefer installing GRUB to the MBR of the harddisk instead of beginning of a partition. Again, this can be done either way, and it's just my personal preference. Though there is this thing: if you install GRUB to MBR, it will overwrite your Windows bootloader. This is no problem, but if you later decide you want the Windows bootloader back, you'll need the Windows setup/recovery disc from where you can reinstall it.
Also if you choose to upgrade or re-install windows you'll have to run a linux grub disk to re-install grub. That's why I choose to exlain it the 'complicated' way so you have less problems down the road.
 
  


Reply

Tags
dual boot


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Grub loader in fedora core 7 is not detecting my Windows OS after upgrate from Rehat Roshan P R Linux - Software 2 11-02-2007 08:15 PM
Boot Fedora Core 6 with Windows Boot Loader. diz12 Linux - Newbie 3 01-17-2007 03:59 PM
removing fedora core 5 and grub boot loader r3tril3ut1on Linux - General 2 06-27-2006 02:52 PM
Grub loader not loading Windows XP or Fedora Core 1 after changing partition size. zetafunc Fedora - Installation 17 06-12-2005 01:27 AM
Fedora Core 3 Dual Boot, Dual Hard drives, Grub Boot Loader Denali03 Linux - Newbie 1 03-04-2005 01:44 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:09 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration