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mojovski 03-09-2006 08:30 AM

Need advice on turning existing Linux dual-boot into tri-boot with XP
 
I've recently installed SUSE 10.0 and Ubuntu 5.10 on my 20GB drive successfully. 7.5GB allocated to the SUSE partition, 5.5GB for Ubuntu and a couple of GB swap. Since I've only just converted from Windows, I still need to use XP for certain things and would like to reinstall it on the same drive, on the remaining free space.

I'm using GRUB as a bootloader, and am looking for any good advice on how to install XP, without screwing things up. The last thing I want is for XP to load automatically when I reboot, and completely skip the GRUB loader.

Does anyone please have any tips?

IceChant 03-09-2006 08:36 AM

3 Ways I know:
* Install Win Xp, use floppy bootdisk boot into any distro and fix grub (reinstall).
* Use "bootpart" to get windows's bootloader to boot grub (grub needs to be installed on the root partition).
* Make boot partition install grub into it, set it as active boot (after you install win xp) and the BIOS will boot grub.

mojovski 03-09-2006 08:45 AM

Thanks for the reply :) If I went with the first option, would I be able to reinstall GRUB using the rescue facility on either the SUSE or Ubuntu installation disc?

naruto273 03-09-2006 10:59 AM

maybe a stupid idea...
 
I have read of so many people mentioning to not try and install windows as a second OS that I myself have never tried reinstalling it. Anyway, I would reccomend that if you would like to make your life simple, get some cd's and some backup software like Mondo rescue or bacula or kdat or something, backup your main linux partitions onto cd's, and reinstall linux after windows is installed. But, since I am quite the n00b to linux you might want to take this suggestion with a grain of salt.

Randux 03-09-2006 11:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mojovski
I've recently installed SUSE 10.0 and Ubuntu 5.10 on my 20GB drive successfully. 7.5GB allocated to the SUSE partition, 5.5GB for Ubuntu and a couple of GB swap. Since I've only just converted from Windows, I still need to use XP for certain things and would like to reinstall it on the same drive, on the remaining free space.

I'm using GRUB as a bootloader, and am looking for any good advice on how to install XP, without screwing things up. The last thing I want is for XP to load automatically when I reboot, and completely skip the GRUB loader.

Does anyone please have any tips?

Hey man, here's a thought: if you were willing to install two linux distros and lived without windows for a couple of days, why go back? :p

Quit while you're a head!

victorh 03-09-2006 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mojovski
Thanks for the reply :) If I went with the first option, would I be able to reinstall GRUB using the rescue facility on either the SUSE or Ubuntu installation disc?

Hi mojovski, if you want to install again Windows you must take into account that Windows likes to be the "only" OS in your PC, therefore it'll try to install in the first primary partition and it'll overwrite the MBR.

So if you can install Windows again, after that you can use the SuSE installation DVD/CDs to reinstall GRUB and overwrite again the MBR. You have to be careful with the configuration of GRUB, check if the file /boot/grub/menu.lst has the three OSs.

Finally, the space you have allocated to the partitions is enough to install the OSs (including Windows), but you'll not have extra space to install other packages, download or save files.

b0nd 03-09-2006 10:51 PM

hi,
as "victorh" said, you can install windows only on the primary partition of the hard disk. If some other O/s is there then certainly you will have to remove that first. Make the file system of that partition i.e primary as windows type (vfat) and then install windows. Otherwise if you directly insert the cd of windows to install it and have the linux filesystem in the primary partition then it won't install.

and the second thing is that you surely can boot linux using floppy or cd but wats the harm if grub boots your machine.
let it boot, set the default o/s as windows and set the default time to select o/s to 3-4 seconds. Thats it. Why to make life tough by booting linux using floppies or cd's ???

regards

pengu 03-14-2006 10:55 PM

I have a duel boot between Suse, Xandros, and Win XP.

I installed xp last and it was not a problem

1) Make sure you have the first primary partition free as FAT/NTFS
2) You will need the Suse 10 install cd 1 later
3) install windows on the first primary partition
4) (hope it goes through the install without a blue screen)
5) you can re-install grub from the Suse install disk

select install at first screen
when you get a choice between Install and Update select other and then ok
go to expert tools and Install new bootloader

It is really easy.

PS: how many poasts do i have to do to stop it saying i'm a newbie!!!!!


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