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Old 04-02-2006, 12:30 AM   #1
saeed_fedora
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accessing windows in linux


i have a computer with a linux and windows (fedora1 &win XP).now i want to access the windows when i am working in linux without restarting it and entering windows.i dont have any server configured.just i want to simply enter windows
how can i access windows? is there any software to help me (notice i have not configured remote server or ...)
thanks
 
Old 04-02-2006, 01:18 AM   #2
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Is your Windows partition FAT32 on NTFS? If FAT32, it can easily be mounted and read/written like any other partition. NTFS support is newer and at least until very recently writing was quite unsafe. An older distro like FC1 would not have NTFS support. You might Google around for NTFS Linux and Captive NTFS for info on using NTFS in Linux.

If you just have FAT32, you can do:

mkidir /mnt/windows
mount -t vfat /dev/hdXX /mnt/windows

Replace /dev/hdXX with the actual Windows partition, e.g. /hed/hda1 for the dfirst partition on the first IDE hard drive. The procedure is the same for NTFS, but you'll need to enable NTFS support in the kernel (see above) and repace vfat with ntfs (you may need to update the mount userspace program to recognize this -- not sure).

As a general rule, when installing a dual-boot, I like to create a small (5-10 GB) FAT32 partition to share files between Windows and Linux. I find this the most convenient solution, although NTFS support may be coming to the point where this is no longer necessary.

This assumes that you just want access to your Windows data. If you actually want to run Windows from within Linux you'll need to use VMWare or something similar.

Last edited by btmiller; 04-02-2006 at 01:19 AM.
 
Old 04-02-2006, 03:15 AM   #3
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Accessing data from Windows is easy. You want to run Windows? Look at VMWare or something...
 
Old 04-02-2006, 09:24 PM   #4
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An older distro like FC1 would not have NTFS support.
here are the (no write support) NTFS drivers for FC1
 
Old 04-02-2006, 09:55 PM   #5
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You want to run Windows? Look at VMWare or something...
I just installed it based on an article from Linux Magazine and I'm blown away. http://www.linux-mag.com/2006-01/
 
Old 04-03-2006, 11:16 PM   #6
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yes, i want to run windows not just the data and i have already used the mount command,could you guys help if there is a good guidance to use VMWARE or what else that you think is better for new users like me.
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Old 04-04-2006, 01:19 AM   #7
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first of all i think you are not clear but ... if you WANT to use your windows partitions to access data then its easy and already discribed

2nd if you want to use windows within LINUx then there are different tools

wine , vmware but i suggest you to dont use them as they are very heavier and cost system a much ... but upto you cheers hope its all clear now
 
Old 04-04-2006, 07:11 PM   #8
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i think i wrote whatever needed .but i say again to become more clear,in fact i want to run the windows in linux and as others say VMWARE is a software that we can use to do so.wine is a software that we use to run windows programs not the windows itself(i mean seeing the bootup
screen then welcome screen then entering windows and ... when i am in linux,for example, from a terminal window in linux ).so if anyone knows a good reference or guidance to use VMware or any software that is not so much complicated and is easier to learn please help.
 
Old 04-04-2006, 09:25 PM   #9
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www.vmware.com is a good guide. Are we your research monkeys or something? Funny, I don't have any of those cool wings on my back like in the Wizard of Oz...
 
  


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