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Old 04-15-2005, 08:30 AM   #1
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Dual Boot Partition

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I want to use dual boot partition, using Linux and Windows 2000. But I want to install Linux before installing Windows 2000. Please help my how to do this.

Old 04-15-2005, 08:50 AM   #2
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Create all the partitions.
Boot the Windows 2000 CD and be sure to install to the correct partition
Once Windows is installed, install linux.
Edit the grub.conf and use the option map (hd0,#) (hd0,0) so that windows thinks it is on the first drive first partition.
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Although I agree with musicman_ace about how to get the OSs on the system, I realize that you made it clear that you wish to install Linux first and Win2000 second.
First of all, I would leave the first partition open for Win2000. So partition it as usual but install Linux on the second partition (and maybe your SWAP partition on the third one). If you can pull that off, you're probably good.
Then install Win2000. It's going to load its own bootloader onto the MBR. Because of that, you will need to make some kind of boot disk to get back into Linux. So, here's the steps I would take:
[list=1][*]Create partitions and leave the first one open (maybe 10-20 gigs or whatever you need for win2000)[*]Install Linux[*]I don't know what Linux distro you're going to put on, but I know Red Hat stuff has the mkbootdisk, which will make a bootdisk[*]Reboot and install win2000[*]Reboot into Linux with your bootdisk[*]Most likely your using GRUB, so edit your /boot/grub/grub.conf file to include
title Windows 2000
	rootnoverify (hd0,0)
	chainloader +1
[*]Reinstall GRUB onto the MBR:
grub-install /dev/hda
(An alternative to using GRUB is to use Windows NTloader )[/list=1]
I believe that should do it (I've omitted details of course). But I really would recommend installing Windows first. As a rule Microsoft products do not know about or care about anything non-Microsoft. This includes things like filesystems and awareness of other OSs. So it want to take over. The best way to approach a multiboot system with Windows then, is to let Windows take over, and then take over it.
Hope that helps a little.

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Old 04-15-2005, 09:20 AM   #4
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There are few reasons why you would want to do this. Maybe if you'd tell us yours we could help more.
Anyway, I managed to install WinXP *after* installing Linux, but instead of writing here the way I did it, maybe we could find another solution, if you'd post, as I said, your exact intentions (partitioning scheme etc.).


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