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Old 12-03-2003, 10:49 AM   #1
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dual boot

I am sure this topic has been covered a hundred times here but I am not finding the specific answer I am looking for. Can you dual boot Linux with Windows off the same hard drive using nothing other than the tools in Linux ie. GRUB/LILO? If so do you have to install Window$ first? I tried it Linux then Windows but was unable to get it to boot in Linux.

Thanks and sorry for the same question if already covered
Old 12-03-2003, 10:58 AM   #2
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Yes, you should generally install MS-Win first and then linux.

When you install MS-Win, it overwrites the MBR which is probably where you installed lilo or grub. I hope you made a rescue disk? If so use it to reboot, then rerun grub-install or lilo -v and everything should be fine.

Old 12-03-2003, 12:12 PM   #3
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If you're just installing the OS's now then you probably don't have much saved that you need to keep. So, you can format your hard drive and install Windows (make sure you set the partition(s) for Windows so they allow enough free space for Linux). After Windows is installed and it boots fine then install Linux and when it asks to install the bootloader tell it to put it on the MBR. If you use Grub then you shouldn't have to do anything further except to reboot after the successful installation of Linux and you should be presented with the Grub boot screen to select either Linux or Dos (windows).

Old 12-03-2003, 01:53 PM   #4
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Finally, I can contribute something useful!

This site helped me greatly (FYI, I already had WinME installed before I decided to dual-boot): (this one uses loadlin, which is (probably - it might depend on the distribution? I know that it was included with Slackware 9.1) included with your distribution.



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