Originally Posted by Whatshisface
I want to wipe out my Windows partition and reinstall due to sluggishness. I plan to use Windows instructions as if it was on a hard drive by itself. Will this affect the multi-boot capability or the Linux partition in any way? Would it be easier to reformat and partition the entire hard drive and re-install both OSes? I use OpenSuse 11.2 and Windows XP.
Windows (Any version) has a tendency to remove the bootloader (MBR) of any other OS. Go figure...
If you try to install windows after installing linux then the linux MBR will be removed and all you will get is windows + a pile of linux files that can't be booted nor accessed from inside windows. (Due to NTFS vs EXT3, EXT4)
The way around this is to install windows first and then install linux.
Make sure to back up important files to a flash drive or CD beforehand though.