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Old 03-09-2005, 12:01 PM   #1
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How do I change distros?

Hi, I currently have a laptop running winXP/Slackware. I would like to remove Slackware completely and install Madrake 10.1 (new toy, just testing out).

How do I remove slack safely or can I just run the installation of Mandrake and install to the same partitions?

I am just worried about the bootloader, I dont mind reloading linux, but I don't want to have to do windows again. Would the install cause any problems with the bootloader?

Old 03-09-2005, 12:11 PM   #2
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The installation should be easy - just choose to format the exisiting slackware partition(s) at that point in the install, and assign them to the appropriate Mandrake directories (same names, even ).

If you let Mandrake install LILO or grub as the bootloader to the MBR, you should still be able to see both XP and Mandrake.
Old 03-09-2005, 12:12 PM   #3
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Yeah, just run the Mandrake installation and use the Slackware partitions. Remember to format them so that any old data is overwritten. If you have a seperate /home partition, you can keep that intact and don't have to reformat it if you want to retain the current data.
Old 03-09-2005, 12:14 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, i'm not worried about the data, sounds it sounds easy like I figured. Just wanted to be sure.


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