Originally Posted by ksml
I am new to linux!!
I need help installing PCLinuxOS 2007.
I have two WinXP installations in dual boot.
I want to install PCLinuxOS without touching the existing WinXP installs such that I don't want to lose my existing NT bootloader. I want to add the option of booting to linux in my existing NT bootloader by adding an option to it.
How do I do that? Please help...
Is there a specific reason for wanting to keep your exisiting boot loader?
You do have a couple of ways.
1) Virtualize your system. That way your boot loader is untouched.
2) The other way would be to edit your boot.ini to add your linux partition to it.
Another thing you could do is just install the linux standard boot loader which is better at booting windows and linux. if you don't like it you can always boot into xp, Recovery console, and type fdisk /mbr.
I would go for the virtualization if your system can support it. It keeps your bootloader intact, If you play games you don't have to reboot, and if you mess something up with your linux install, nothing gets harmed.