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Old 10-11-2005, 09:23 PM   #1
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installing windows XP after linux

i need to re-install windows xp on my first partition (fedora on another one), but iirc windows will usually write over the boot sector during install and i won't be able to see anything else afterwards. what should i do?

thanks in advance,

Old 10-11-2005, 10:33 PM   #2
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Sure enough, Windows will wipe out your existing MBR and put whatever it wants there.

After installing Windows, you will need a way to boot into Red Hat. In SuSE, you can simply use the install media. It would be nice and easy if you could do the same in Red Hat. Because then all you have to do is run
grub-install /dev/hda
and grub will be reinstalled to your MBR.

If you can't boot from the installation media, I would suggest booting with something like knoppix. Then mount the partition that your / filesystem is on to some mount point. Then chroot on that mount point. Then same old deal:
grub-install /dev/hda

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Old 10-12-2005, 12:33 AM   #3
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Make a Grub Boot Floppy while FC4 is running and use it to reinstall grub natively after you install windows. You won't believe how simple it is to do.

Making a Grub Boot Floppy:

Installing Grub Natively:

Test the floppy by reinstalling grub on your system before you install windows.
Old 02-27-2008, 01:22 PM   #4
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easier in suse how?

anomie u said its easier in suse, i am a new user and facing the same problem as johnty01 i am using suse10.3
also i need some guidence for IE4 linux.
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rahulmanu: It's a while since I used suse but all you should need to do is boot the install cd (after reinstalling windows) and instead of selecting new install, select repair installed system. It should load up the repair system and there is an option to autorepair, but i have never used that, i would select expert or manually select repair options and then tick the boot loader box and let it fix the boot loader.

Or you could boot the installed system with the install cd by selecting "boot installed system" at the boot prompt, then use yast to reinstall lilo/grub

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Old 02-27-2008, 02:47 PM   #6
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IE4 Linux is pretty cool, but i wouldn't use it for anything other then web development, it can be slow and also crashed occasionally. Also i've had problems with it and flash.

The installation is pretty straight forward, did you have a question in that regard?

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You could also try SuperGrub. I made a CD-R with it as a rescue disk in case I had problems booting either Windows or Linux but have never had to use it.


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