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Old 04-08-2011, 05:18 PM   #1
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Question Updating windows in dual boot


Hi all,

I have a couple questions concerning linux and windows dual boot.

Dell desktop (older)
openSUSE 11.2
Windows XP
Grub Bootloader
I had XP installed first then i installed openSUSE and configured for dual boot.

What do I have to do to reinstall windows? Can i just do it like i normally would and just make sure it installs on the correct partition and doesn't do anything to the others. I don't want it to screw up the bootloader or something else.

Thx
 
Old 04-08-2011, 05:25 PM   #2
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Question Addl. question about Dual boot

Hypethetically speaking...
The system I posted the original question about..

Windows is vulerable to virus'
Linux is not, or not as much

If the windows OS got infected with a virus, is the Linux OS, data and partitions safe?
What about the bootloader?
 
Old 04-08-2011, 06:29 PM   #3
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Hello Dizzymman,

you can install Windows as usual. Windows will overwrite the bootsector while the installation, you'll (after the Windowsinstallation) have to enter your system via a Live-Linux-CD (install-CD for your Suse) and reinstall grub in the mbr.

Windows will install in the available NTFS-parition (where the old Windows resides). Windows doesn't create any new partitions without asking you.

If your Windows is infected, this has nothing to do with your Linux, the executable files of Windows and Linux are not compatible, a Windows-program (also a Windows-virus) cannot run in Linux.

Note that Linux is far more safe regarding to viruses than Windows.

Markus
 
Old 04-09-2011, 02:13 AM   #4
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Ok, would I use yast to reinstall the bootloader?
 
Old 04-09-2011, 12:35 PM   #5
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Are you reinstalling xp or a later version of windows?
If you re-install xp, as indicated above it will overwrite your mbr and you will not be able to boot Opensuse so you will not be able to use YaST. Well, actually you can boot it from xp with modifications but it is a lot easier other ways. Do you still have the Opensuse CD? If so, you can use that or download the SuperGrubDisk and use it.
 
Old 04-10-2011, 01:38 AM   #6
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Hello yancek,
I am looking to reinstall XP, over a previous install of XP. Just looking for the infamous clean install of XP. We all know how windows can start lagging in time.

Yes, I have the install DVD of openSUSE 11.2(the version that I am running on the machine) as well as 11.4, just got that one. How would I go about using the DVD to reistall grub?

Thank You
 
Old 04-10-2011, 02:16 AM   #7
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grub
http://linuxtipstricks.wordpress.com...ws-changed-it/
grub2
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2#Reinstalling GRUB 2

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Old 04-12-2011, 11:47 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input......
 
Old 04-12-2011, 11:52 PM   #9
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You're welcome, we're all here to assist.
How did you resolve? That way others can benefit. And which version of grub.
 
  


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