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Old 01-22-2008, 04:41 AM   #1
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installing windows vista after linux


I have windows XP and debian etch dual boot at the moment. I want to remove windows XP (which is just a matter of formatting the partitions with windows on it and removing it from the grub loader afaik, correct me if I'm wrong).

Then I want to install windows vista.

But I know after I install vista it wont recognize linux and I wont be able to boot into anything but vista.

After installing Vista, do I have to put my debian etch disk back in, go to setup, and down to where it installs the boot loader so it over-writes the windows one and allows me to boot into either linux or windows?

Is that all it takes to get them both working?

I REALLY can't afford to screw my linux partition... at all.
Old 01-22-2008, 08:00 AM   #2
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Ya after installing Vista you'll just have to boot from linux cd/dvd and has to restore your lilo/grub into MBR

Old 01-22-2008, 09:00 AM   #3
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Well, you could use something like partimage to back up your whole linux partition just in case. Anyway, to the meat of your question, this rescue disk has saved my bacon more times than I can count. You have to walk through a bunch of funky text menu's but it works. It'll go find your linux partiton, and reinstall grub for you, with all your old settings, or if you choose, redo grub altogether, or just install the windows loader for you.... it can do it all.....

Good luck...let us know how it worked out....


P.S. Dear God, WHY exactly are you getting rid of XP in favor of Vista ? Vista is a big fat nearly dead dog. It's hideous. Well....good are going to need it...

P.P.S. Oh, I wouldn't destroy any partitions if I were you, just instruct vista to use the xp partitions and overwrite the windows stuff, then you won't have to screw around with your partiton table, or updating /etc/fstab or a bunch of other stuff. It'll save you bunches of trouble, unless you are planning a complete linux reinstall anyway. Otherwise, even your partitions will be renumbered or renamed, possibly in a weird order. Anyway, you'll have a whole new set of problems to solve....

Good luck...


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Old 01-23-2008, 12:34 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice

I'm not going to 'delete' the windows partition - just format it. And I'm all in it for the DirectX10.


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