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Old 05-29-2002, 12:17 AM   #1
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dual boot WinXP and Linux

Hi Everyone,

How do I go about dual booting WinXP and Linux? Which OS should I install first? Is it okay if WinXP uses NTFS? Or should it be FAT32? I have a 20GB hard disk which I plan to partition into 2 (1 for WinXP and the other for Linux). Are there special procedures I have to do first before setting up, like boot disks and the like?
Old 05-29-2002, 02:42 AM   #2
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Re: dual boot WinXP and Linux

You might want to google for answers or use the search feature on this forum first before asking questions.
These are tipical questions often asked. But no sweat I'm a newbie myself, and ask plenty of questions already asked a thousend times myself as well, so I'll give you an answer:

First you have to make free disk space available using partition magic. I have linux (redhat) on 8 gb which of which I use about 41% at the moment.
Windows is arrogant and wants to be installed first on the first section of your hdd. linux is quite happy on the back end of your hdd.
FAT NTFS shouldn't be any problem.
Most linux distributions give bootable cd-rom's. If not you can find instructions on how to boot from a floppy on their website.
You have to set your bios to boot from cd-rom first.
Then install linux on your free partition.

You can either use a floppy to boot linux and leave the mbr intact or use a boot-loader. I use grub which was set up automaticaly during the Redhat install and boots WXP and linux perfectly.

Hope this answered your questions.

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this question has been answered here before as well, try the search facilty


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