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 Optimal install order for dual boot of Linux and Windows 2000
I'm preparing a system to dual boot with Mandrake Linux and Windows

Typically, I've read that Windows 2000 should always be installed
last. Why is this the case? What would happen if we installed Linux

I would figure the only difference is which OS's boot menu is the
default (written to the MBR)

 Tue, 09 Aug 2005 11:18:55 GMT   
 Optimal install order for dual boot of Linux and Windows 2000


I have a laptop which came with win2k and I installed RedHat 7.3
afterwards. No problems whatsoever. Booting both doze and RedHat with
lilo and flawlessly sharing a data partition (fat32).



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 Tue, 09 Aug 2005 18:43:58 GMT   
 Optimal install order for dual boot of Linux and Windows 2000

I have written quite a bit about dual boot configurations, lately.

I have found the GRUB loader to be quite flexible at multi-boot.  The
order of install of Linux or Windows is not that important, but if you
install Windows last make sure you have an alternate method (boot floppy)
to start linux.  Once both OS's are installed and you are running
linux, run GRUB to reset your MBR:

        grub> root (hd0,x)
        grub> setup (hd0)

Also, modify grub's configuration file (grub.conf -> menu.lst):

        title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-i686)
                root (hd0,x)
                kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-i686 ro root=/dev/hday
        title NT 4 menu
                chainloader (hd0,z)+1

Provide correct mappings for your system for the following:
        (hd0,x) -> grub program location
        (hd0,z) -> Windows system partition
        hday    -> linux root partition
        kernel path and name, etc.

There is one non-technical caveat also.  Before beginning any of these
steps, verify your compliance with all licensing agreements with your
propietary software vendor.  I am not using Win2k/WinXP and IANAL, so I
cannot advise you.

-Douglas Mayne

 Tue, 09 Aug 2005 23:24:15 GMT   
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