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Old 06-08-2007, 10:45 PM   #1
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safe to install 10.2 over 9.3 ??

I'm currently dual booting suse 9.3 and winXP.

I would like to REPLACE suse 9.3 (format the partition) and then install 10.2 on that same disk space.

Is it safe to do this or do I risk screwing up the boot loader and not being able to boot into windows?? <---- I know it's always a possiblity, but if anyone has had experience with this i'd love to know.

Thank you

Old 06-08-2007, 11:23 PM   #2
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You can just install Suse 10.2 straight over the top of 9.3. No need to format the partition beforehand - the installer will do that for you. Suse 10.2 will install a new bootloader, and you will be able to boot Windows as normal.

Make sure you backup all your documents. If you have a separate /home partition, then don't format it. Set the mount point of this partition as /home, and you shouldn't lose your data.

Old 06-09-2007, 10:12 AM   #3
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I have upgraded from suse 10 to opensuse 10.2 without formatting, I just added the repository and updated the packages in groups (yast, X, glibc, kernel etc). You need to be careful when you do that though.


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