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Old 08-21-2005, 03:47 AM   #1
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Installing XP partition on linux only computer

Hey, firstly I apologize if this question has been posted-over to death, but I'e search for it many ways and haven't come across anything much use.

I am running SuSE 9.3 on my computer (fresh install over xp), and I love every minute of it. However, I still feel the need to use certain programs and thinking just having a dual boot would be the answer. How would I go about doing this? Can I just put in my xp cd and do the installation there? Do I have to load a special linux program? Any help (tutorial I couldn't find, even) would be greatly appreciated. Please keep in my I'm a linux noob still, still working my way around.

Old 08-21-2005, 04:10 AM   #2
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Do you have empty primary partition for XP? If yes you still can install it, but bootsector will be of XP. After installing XP insert SuSE DVD and boot. Select Installation=>repair installed system=>Automatic repair
It will make your MBR for dual boot for SuSE and XPEE
Old 08-21-2005, 11:25 AM   #3
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Just create a partition and install Windows on it. A note about that: Windows should be installed on the first primary partiton; which is hda1, or you could encounter problems. Just be sure to edit your boot-loader so it knows where to find the new Windows partition so you can boot-up to it.
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I'd purchase a second disk-drive. AFAIK, Windows does not have to reside on the physical boot-drive.

A friend of mine had an even more elegant solution: a toggle-switch. It was wired into the power-circuit for two disk-drives, selecting which one of them had power. He'd shut the machine down, flip the switch, and reboot.

A second disk-drive is a very handy thing to have anyway... many motherboards have two interfaces built-in, and disk-controller cards are available for a song. This approach lets you have two entirely separate systems in one box without de-stabilizing either one of them.

My mainline machine currently has three drives... none of them happened to be new, all of them work great, and I spent a grand total of $108 for the two extras.
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Hey guys, here with an update. I decided on the dual boot still. Figured I would try to partition, and if that doesn't work, get another harddrive.

When i put in the boot xp cd, I get three partitions: I J and K. It shows all as being empty, and I cannot create a partition on any. In order to do that I must delete one of the partitions to install it. I'm in need of some guidance. And again, I apologize if this is completely noob.


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