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Scarumanga 06-02-2007 11:22 AM

Dual Boot Fedora7 and Vista
I'm just wondering, with Fedora 7 being the latest linux distro out that i know of, did they add support to GRUB to boot Vista?
I'm guessing by now support should be there to boot it but I don't want to fudge up my setup, so id like to know before I install Fedora, that would be great, thx.

Lenard 06-02-2007 01:00 PM

This is written for a Ubuntu 7.0.4 installation but applies for most versions of Linux;

Crito 06-02-2007 07:42 PM

Fedora 7 setup will detect Vista and create a GRUB menu entry for it. You don't have to do anything special.

vonedaddy 10-04-2007 11:22 PM


Originally Posted by Crito (Post 2772839)
Fedora 7 setup will detect Vista and create a GRUB menu entry for it. You don't have to do anything special.

I hate to bring up such an old thread but I have to disagree. Or at least there must be a certain set of variable for it to work that easy.

I had Vista installed already with a couple partitions. I created some free space on one of my partitions. Installed Fedora 7 and now I only have two options on the grub menu.


When I select Other it tells me there is some kind of bootmanager missing. I will see if I can write down the whole error for you guys.

Does anyone know how I can get this to work?

shafty023 10-05-2007 09:53 AM

I believe it has to be done the other way around. Have Fedora installed first and then install Vista. At least that's what I recall from previous dual booting posts. Not sure how that makes a difference, just what I've heard.

evilkorn 10-05-2007 12:55 PM

I just did this on my new laptop and the only thing I had to change was the path to Vista. I had the option to rename and called it Vista. The thing with the newer laptops is they have a recovery partition which is in the beginning of the hard drive. I had to change the grub.conf to hda2, hda1 would boot into the recovery portion of the drive. But other than that fluke, which could have been resolved from the fedora install had I been thinking, it was a very painless setup.

decrepit 10-06-2007 05:40 AM

I've always installed windows first, then linux. If you do it the other way round somehow you have to persuade windows to boot linux.
Configuring grub to boot windows isn't hard, you just need to know which partition it's on and configure the "other" entry in grub to point at that.
If it's on a different HD to the fedora installation, you may have to "map" the HDs over.

Vonedaddy, you're on the same HD, so you shouldn't need to "map" but as you already had more than one partition grub is probably pointing at the wrong one.

If you do "su -" then "password for root"
That will give you root privledges and path.
then "fdisk -l" will give you your partitions.

If you're happy with vim do "vim /boot/grub/grub.conf
if not gedit /boot/grub/grub.conf
then you can edit the "other" entry
like this.

title Windows vista
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

The (hd0,0) bit is the partition grub is going to pass the boot process over to.
Grub starts from "0" is the above number is the first partition on the first hardrive, where windows normally lives, if yours is somewhere else you just have to change the last "0" to the appropriate number

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