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I find I need to reinstall the WinXP OS on my dual boot OpenSUSE/WinXP PC. I originally installed WinXP first, then OpenSUSE, as I'd been told that trying to do things the other way would be a problem.
As such, will I have a problem if I try to reinstall WinXP now? The HDD is partitioned, with WinXP in a separate partition, and GRUB 1.5 guides my to the choice of OS on boot.
If you re-install xp to the same partition it should not be a problem. One caveat, xp will overwrite Grub in the mbr so you will need to re-install Grub after the xp re-install. You should be able to use your OPensuse CD to do this (don't know which version you have?). Assuming xp on sda1, opensuse on sda2 enter the command 'grub' to get grub prompt (grub>), do this as root. Then enter:
If your partitions are not as described above you will need to make appropriate changes and if you are not sure, post before trying it.
The only problem you will face is that winblows will overwrite the grub bootloader. Make a copy of your current /boot/grub/menu.lst file. Do the reinstall, then use a GNU/Linux CD/DVD in rescue mode to restore the grub bootloader.