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Old 07-22-2004, 06:54 PM   #1
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Dual Booting with Windows XP Pro and Mandrake 10

Hi everyone,

I've searched the forum using the term "dual booting mandrake" and I cannot find anything but people having problems and not an actual guide. I'm very new to Linux, and have yet to install it. This is what I want to achieve:

Dual boot with both Mandrake and XP on the same hard disk.

So what exactly do I need to do? Thanks for any help.

Old 07-22-2004, 09:01 PM   #2
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1. Install Windows first
2. Use partition magic or similar utility to create some free space on the drive
3.Install Linux in free space
4.Make sure your bootloader has both Windows and Linux in it

Old 07-22-2004, 09:08 PM   #3
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I've also been told you can just leave some space free when you first make the partition for windows on the drive. Then when you install Mandrake, it'll take care of partitioning whatever free space you have left.
Old 07-22-2004, 10:20 PM   #4
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How much Hard drive space do you currently have?


or more?

If you only have 1 hard-drive space (C and it's not partitioned into at least 2 or more, I would recommend adding another hard-drive and let Mandrake 10.0 format it. You can use partician Magic but it can get tricky and you may lose some data. so back up anything of great importance.


Originally posted by The Oate
I've also been told you can just leave some space free when you first make the partition for windows on the drive. Then when you install Mandrake, it'll take care of partitioning whatever free space you have left.
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Install Windows first. When installing Linux, you'll get to an option where it'll ask you how you want the drive to be configured for installing Linux. The options you'll get are:
  • Remove Windows
  • Use free space
  • Custom partitioning

Select Custom Partitioning, then click on your Windows partition (should be a big blue bar) and hit the resize button. Move the slider to the left until you've given a few gigabytes over to free space (be sure to know how much space you have on your Windows drive first, as you wouldn't want to overwrite anything). Click Done, and in the drive partition window you should see some blank space after your Windows partition. Click the blank space then the auto-assign button to set up your Linux partitions and swap space, then continue with the installation. When the system reboots the Lilo boot loader will be shown. They'll be some Linux options, a floppy selection and one for Windows.
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Here is a how-to


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