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Old 04-27-2009, 12:35 AM   #1
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Question booting Vista, XP, and then installing Linux with grub


I will be booting Vista, XP, and then installing Linux with grub. So the Vista boot loader will be setup to boot both Windows, so then when I do install a Linux on the same hard drive, (all on separate partitions) what is the best method to boot up all 3 systems? Should I just allow grub to install on the master boot record, and then chainload XP and Vista. Or I could install grub on the boot sector of what will be my Kubuntu root partition, and then try to add this Linux to the Vista boot loader ?
 
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Either way will work - if you decided on using the M$oft loader, go get EasyBCD (a freebie).
 
Old 04-27-2009, 01:38 AM   #3
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But to be able to chainload both XP and Vista with grub, it is needed to install a Linux last, or just re-install the grub if I install XP last.
 
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XP can't be installed last - else it won't (automatically) include Vista in a dual-boot. M$oft aren't that flexible - the later O/S must be installed later so things get built correctly. Then you can install Linux - depending on the distro, you may get dual-boot built for you.
You will only need one chainload entry for the two windows systems - they are included in the boot entry Vista will create.
 
  


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