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Yes it will over write lilo, no way around it, mandriva usualy prompts you to create a boot flopy for this kind of situation but you are likely like me and forgo this option or you perhaps do not have a flopy, any way after you fix windows up you reinsert your mandriva dvd or cd 1 and bootup to it, now I am not 100% sure but I beleave there is no repair option in mandriva, but all is still not lost, there is an option after you select instalition to upgrade an existing install of mandriva select this and it will reinstall mandriva with out overwriting your data and settings in your linux install, and it will have a section for you to resetup lilo, and after windows is repaired it will detect it. Sounds to me there is something wrong with your xp boot.ini file windows needs this to boot. Any way the recovery console of xp xhould be of able to fix this. When all is set again and you have a fat partition to share files between windows and mandriva be sure to install klam antivirus (free) to protect windows from any windows viruses that might be downloaded when in linux.. Hope you get your box fixed soon.
Its better you upgrade to grub instead of Lilo. Grub has more features and support than lilo. You can restore the Windows bootloader by issuing 'fdisk /mbr' from the cmd prompt in Windows. You can create the boot disk from Win98 from the control panel. The Lilo will be overwited when you install the Win bootloader.