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Old 03-24-2008, 08:49 PM   #1
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Post Vista upgrade ?

I think i allready know the answer to this but here goes.

I have Mandriva installed on a 40g hdd an XP installed on an 80g hdd. I'm going to install Vista on the 80g. Now, am I going to have to re-install Mandriva after Vista? I think so, but I sure don't want to end up installing 2 complete OP's. Any thoughts?
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Make a grub (or Lilo) boot floppy. Installing Vista will almost definatly overwrite the Master Boot Record, eliminating your boot loader. After installing Vista, boot from the floppy into Linux and run grub-install (or lilo, as appropriate for your setup).
Old 03-24-2008, 09:12 PM   #3
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armanox is right. You just need to reinstall the boot loader after Vista overwrites it.
Be sure to confirm you really know how to use whatever method you choose to do this to avoid reinstalling the whole OS when you don't need to.
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I keep a copy of my current grub in my user's folder. Put the Mandriva disk into the drive and launch the rescue mode. Reinstall boot loader. When you boot Mandriva, copy your saved grub back to /boot/grub. Don't forget to add an entry for Vista. Oh, and remember to be root.
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Thanks guys! i was sure I was going to do both OS. Hope springs forth. Got a copy of Super-Grub. Looks like even I can do this and if I screw it up? I just re-install Mandriva. Thanks.
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100% success! Mandriva 2009 Powerpack has a repair feature at boot that installs Grub, no fuss-no muss. I couldn't get Super-Grub to do the job, but this worked slick!


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