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Old 09-04-2004, 10:49 PM   #1
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Need to install windows

In the process of installing 10.0 mandrake, I had to delete windows ( my hd was messed and I formatted the whole thing to whatever mandrake uses ). I need to partition my HD and install windows XP pro, you see my family uses XP and im going to use linux / xp when needed. How would I go about installing windows, so that when my pc boots it asks start linux or windows and I can pick.
Old 09-04-2004, 10:54 PM   #2
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The best way is to install Windows first, then Linux. Mandrake provides pretty good tools for resizing Windows partitions, so you can create some room for Linux later. It will also install the boot loader on your MBR, so that you can choose between Linux or Windows when you turn your machine on.

Keep in mind that Linux support for NTFS is pretty new. I dual boot myself and I have about 3 partitions: /hda1 = Windows NTFS, /hda2 = FAT32 /hda3 = ReiserFS /hda4 = swap.

I do that so that both Linux and Windows can read/write to hda2 (windows D:\), so I store all my movies, games and general media in that partition. But that's totally up to you

Old 09-04-2004, 11:35 PM   #3
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When you install XP Pro you can partition the drive and leave space for the Linux distro. That's what I did. There is no need reason to even have to use Mandrake's resizing tool if you are starting from scratch. Like Megaman X, I also created a partition (fat32) so I could seemlessly pass data between the two operating systems. I would highly suggest doing that. All my mail goes to that shared partition so I can check mail from either OS and have it all in one place.
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It's actually fairly easy to do, just install your Windows Setup like the above poster said, then when it's time to install Your distro, you can either use Fdisk or whatever tool comes with your Distro.

I would recommend that you remember the difference between Linux and Windows, when it comes to partitioning. Remember Windows Stuffs everything on 1 partition, while Linux puts them on 3 different partitions usually.


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