I was originally going to post this in Linux - General but because of my low post count was unable to post the URLs (I hope bypassing this rule doesn't get me in trouble from the moderators/admins):
Hello. Im actually a almost complete Linux
so please don't flame me if I have posted something many people already know or if this is in the wrong section.
Prior to installing Fedora Core 3 I thought I'd search Google for some effective methods to dual boot Windows with a Linux install (especially to keep Windows on the MBR to prevent problems in Windows). I came across several methods but this one is the one I am using right now (and it works great!).
First off read this HOWTO:
www dot geocities dot com slash epark slash linux slash grub-w2k-HOWTO dot html
It shows how to dual boot with Windows 2000 (XP is pretty much identical) while using grub and maintain Windows on the MBR so you can use the Windows boot menu to boot to either system. The lower section of the guide is the more complex method in my opinion though as I have found other sites that make the process simpler.
A tutorial to triple boot Windows 2000/XP, Windows 98, Linux:
www dot tweak3d dot net slash articles slash multibootlinux slash
Most of us will not want to install Windows 98 so anything relating to that can be ignored if you wish. I have done a Windows 98 install in the past on this system and it worked well, although i got rid of it as it had no hardware support etc. The most important parts of the guide relate to using the program BootPart which can be found here:
www dot winimage dot com slash bootpart dot htm
BootPart is a great proggy that makes dual (or multi) booting much simpler even with Windows on the MBR. Non-Microsoft operating systems can be placed on the Windows XP/2000 boot menu.
I hope this all makes your dual booting experience simpler.