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Old 02-06-2002, 12:26 AM   #1
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Question How To windoz installation on Linux Box.

Can anybody please tell me how
One can safely install windows (me/95/98 just any) on a previously left blank partion after installing Linux on some other partition in the same machine. And make a dual booting system.

To be more clear say I have 6 GB Hard disk. I partitioned it as 3 / 3 In the last 3 GB part I installed Linux. It is working fine. Now suppose if I want to install windows in the first 3 GB which was intentionally left blank. And I dont want to lose my love Linux. I want to make a dual booting system.
Since If I install Win on linux; windows will write the boot sector and I wont get dual boot.
Any idea ? Please reply.

Old 02-06-2002, 12:56 AM   #2
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The Win install (at least for Win 9x) will rewrite your master boot record, wiping out info that your Linux bootloader might have written there. This doesn't mean that the info on your actual Linux partition is gone, it only means that you'll probably have to boot into Linux from a floppy, edit the bootloader's config file to include the new Win partition, and re-write its booloader info to the MBR. Exactly what you have to do depends on whether you use grub or lilo as the bootloader.
Old 02-06-2002, 09:29 AM   #3
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As DMA said before me u need to make a linux kernel or LILO floppy. Then install window$ as normal, this will overwrite your MBR so to make a dual boot you need to boot back to linux with that floppy you made and edit another entry to load windows to your lilo.conf, run /sbin/lilo see if everything is ok, and then reboot, you should get a lilo menu listing both of your OSes, and thats it!
well i basically repeated what DMA said, but hope that helps anyways!
Old 02-07-2002, 02:59 AM   #4
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Thanks to everybody who repied on my question. It really improved my knowledge.
Thanks a lot again.


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