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i would presume its possible. When i tried it windows installed ok but then after rebooting it would complain that a file was missing. I didn't actually try to replace the file from the cd but it would be possible as you can get into the recovery console afterwards. Obviously it will overwrite LILO in the MBR but its easy enough to boot back into linux with a rescue disk and reconfigure the bootloader.
If you are using mandrake 10 community.
I recently installed Windows XP after mandrake was already up and running.
I booted to the 1st mandrake installation disk and chose "more options" I think its f1
From there its either "rescue" mode to get to the "reinstall linux bootloader" or it was already presented as an option. (reinstall linux bootloader that is)
<edit> As far as configuring the bootloader it took either no or minumal input from me.
I know it had to be easy because I cant do anything too complicated yet.
In other words if I did any "configuring" it must have been pretty self explanitory cause I dont remember having to wrestle with anything to get it going.
Oops, my bad. I already had a standard win98/linux dual boot up and running. I then added winxp and then reinstalled the linux bootloader without any problems.
My memory sucks. Sorry for confusion.
Last edited by toastermaker; 03-22-2004 at 09:23 AM.
I don't have any advanced knowledge but I read recently that ntfs was superior for some reason. I think the article said it was more stable than fat32. Of course you might or will have a hard time writing to ntfs from linux from what I've been reading.
I've used XP on both and haven't noticed a differance, but haven't used them much.
If you area gamer you may want to check the particulars of wich filesystem lends itself best to gaming, if there even is a difference, I don't know.
If you want to be able to write to the partition from Linux reliably then use FAT32, NTFS is more advanced but you may or may not need the features (journaling, Access Control List etc).
One grudge I have against FAT32 is that it cannot store a file bigger than 4 gigs, very inconvinient if you do things like video editing.
In terms of performance theoretically speaking NTFS should be better, but in practice I didn't notice much difference, and in some cases FAT32 is faster.
when i boot up with winxp disk, go in and try to install windows XP on my 19 gig fat 32 partition, which is at the end of my partition table. anyway, when i try to install it on to that partition, it says that winxp needs to write some files on my MBR, but the current MBR isn't compatible, and it tells me to create or change the MBR. but in windows install partitioning thing, i dun even c any MBR there. there is only my 150MB /boot, my 4 Gig /root, 9 gig /home and 5 gig /usr and then the 19 gig fat 32...
so what do i do now? i dun even c the MBR thing on the partitioning thing... any ideas?
I don't want to tell you something wrong. Hopefully someone who knows their stuff will get back to you.
Take this as the guess that it is. Maybe you could try using a windows bootdisk to run "fdisk/mbr" that should reinstall a windows bootloader. Then try to install winxp again.
I have no reason to think it will work so don't try it unless you get really desperate.
Like I said, hopefully someone who knows their stuff will get back to you soon. http://www.bootdisk.com