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When you want to install windows and linux on a computer it's very recommended that you install windows first. For many reasons. When you install windows, it requires that you install it on a primary partition. Another reason is that windows writes the MBR.
What I would suggest you to do, is to back up your files, partition the harddisk before hand amd then install windows and after that install redhat.
It is also very recommended for dual booting to create a /boot partition.
ok, first thing first, are you familiar with fdisk? how big is your harddrive? and how much size are you planning yo give to each operating system?? Do you want 2 windows partitions or 1?? do you want a separate /homw partition?, I ask this, because It is handy to create different partitions so that if yoy have a problem with one of the operating system you only format the partition with troubles and you do not lose all of your data.
Ok i currently have wee little 9 gig hd and im planning on putting an even weer 5 gig in as slave. yes i am fimiliar with fdisk, but i thought that was strictly a windows dos command. And yes i want a partition per os. What now?
Ok, what are you planning to put on the slave?
Linux also comes with fdisk
If you want more Linux space then I suggest to install linux on the 9gb disk and windows on th 5gb and viceversa
Once you decide what to do it's very easy what comes next, I'll be checking to answer as soon as possible
I am not sure, but If you do that, maybe you don't even have to format your disc, install teh slave, start up with redhat edit the grub.conf file (if your boot loader is grub) or the LILO config file (I am not too familiar with that)
Here is my grub.conf (also named menu.lst in some distributions) file
title SuSE 8.2
kernel (hd0,0)/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda5 vga=0x31a hdc=ide-scsi hdclun=0 spla\
title Windows 2000
kernel /bzImage-2 root=/dev/hda6
As you can see I have 3 operating systems windows SuSE and Gentoo, your boot loader config file should look something like that, but it should say redhat.
What you should try is to add the windows line, but should change the line root (hd0,1) for root (hd1,1). If you use LILO you should add the following line to the LILO.conf file
label=dos (or anything you want to remind you what operating system is)
To get to the grub.conf file you need to go to the /boot directory, then to the grub folder and there you will find the grub.conf or menu.lst
What do you mean with the second question, you mean what you should look for to let Redhat to be the default starting operating system?
(I assume you are using grub)