On Windows and LInux dual boot - why install Windows first?
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Because Windows installations act like they own the computer. It over writes the MBR which is no problem for someone who has been around for a while but a first time Linux user gets off to a bumpy start that way.
I guess it's because Windows overwrites your boot loader when you install it, so if you don't know what you're doing, you won't be able to boot your linux. Of course, i could be wrong. Just my 5 cents.
They are both right. Win9x/Me will assume that it is the only OS on the system. Win2k/XP does have a boot loader, but it will pretty much assume that it is the only OS, or that there are more Windows OS's on the system.
The Linux boot loaders will "play well with others", and so this is why it's best to do it last.
Windows assumed it was my only OS, and after reformatting my first hard drive to NTFS, it began reformatting my Linux hard drive without even asking.
What I did was just unplug my Linux hard drive(IDE and Power), booted off the windows CD, installed to the HDD so windows thought it was all alone. Then when finished, hooked up linux hard drive, configured lilo, all is well.
It's not a "dyed in the wool" thing, though with a lot of people it's a recommended method, because when you install windows, as has been mentioned their boot loader overwrites lilo/grub, hence because linux will see windows but not the other way round, if you install windows first, then install lilo/grub it's the lilo/grub that overwrites any windows boot info in the MBR, you just then have to modify the linux boot loader (either lilo or grub) so it boots to your satisfaction i.e. the correct defaults and so on.
But I point this out, because if you check out the partitioning howtos at the linux documenation project, then you will see methods of "doing it differently that allow you to modify things so linux is first etc etc shit like having a /boot partition first and installing the boot loader there, but then making sure that it still knows where you've got windows and so on.
But putting windows in first, followed by linux will normally leave you with the linux install as default and it's a lot easier/less stress when first getting into linux.