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Old 02-01-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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Dual-boot Windows XP after existing Ubuntu Lucid install--Can I do this?

I have a great and fully satisfying Ubuntu install on one PC and an XP install on the other. My problem is this: I am selling the XP PC (completely wiped) and want to install XP in a dual-boot with Ubuntu on my other PC. I know the recommended way is to install Windows first because of it's control of the MBR, but us there some way to do it in reverse? (Safely

I am NOT familiar with changing GRUB (and, truth be told, am not overly fond of it either), so if this would involve editing GRUB config, I would need specific directions rather than a generic "edit etc/grub/" whatever LOL. I'm a thirty years MS/Win user, and a 13 months Linux user.

By the way, I do want my XP install as there are a few games I play which won't work under Linux without Wine, and I'd rather just dual-boot.

Thanks in advance for any help or direction you can steer me.
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Hi Oldgeek54,

Here is the link that will help you out:

At the bottom you will find the instructions where Ubuntu is installed first and you are trying to install Windows. It is always a good/easy to install Windows first and then linux OS. However, you want to go reverse then make sure you have full backup of the system before you try things mentioned in that link.


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