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Old 10-08-2004, 12:19 PM   #1
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Installing WinXP over SUSE

I had winXP home edition and I used Partition magic 8.02 to create a new operation system partition. I created a 10 gb ext2 partition and a 500 mb swap partition. but after the restart win XP could not boot.
anyway I installed SUSE with its grub OS loader.
so my question is if I reinstall windows will it erase the loader ( i guess it will) and will i be able to use the partition magic boot loader to be able to dual boot again.
I have to options of reinstalling XP.
one to use 3 image CD from the manufacturer to recover the system like it was in the beginning ( with norton ghost) - will that erase the linux partition cuz i saved lots of my files from the win partition

the second option is to use my friend dell reinstalling CD ( i dunno if its the regular installation or again an image-installation)

thanks a lot in advance
Old 10-08-2004, 12:42 PM   #2
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if if was partition magic that broke your boot record you can pop a windows cd in the drive, and select the repair option on boot. once you have the command line type 'fixmbr' and 'fixboot' after that you should be able to boot into windows.
however if it was the dodgy installer that comes with suse9.1 which broke my partition tables then you might want to look here its not pretty but it works.

good luck!


EDIT>> have a look here if it was suse that broke it. cloud wrote a guide for ya. here it is

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Old 10-09-2004, 04:09 AM   #3
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well let me tell you how I did the same thing in my machine:
>>>1) run cfdisk (I did it from knoppix) and make the proper partitions
hda1 PRIMARY BEGINING 150 Linux /boot
Hda2 PRIMARY BEGINING 7500 Linux /windows
hda6 BEGINING 250 type 82 swap
>>>2) restart knoppix and type
su root
mkswap /dev/hda6
reboot -f
>>>3)Run the Windows Installation disc and installeit on hda2
>>>4)once installed windows reboot it and run the SUSEīs installation disc and acept the partition table suggested; install SUSEand when it finish you will have tree options at boot:
--------------THATīS IT ALL EASILLY AND SAFE---------------

Last edited by carrie; 10-09-2004 at 04:30 AM.
Old 10-10-2004, 02:04 AM   #4
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hehe what i actually did was to run my the origianl windows installation cd and reinstall the windows over the old. to my nice amazement this lame move turned to be a very fruitful one. i manged to restore my windows perfectly. then i ran the suse installation cd again and repaired the boot sector from there. so i restored its grub loader with linux and windows options and they both run smoothly now
thanks for the info anyway


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