mariomucho123 wrote: I do not want GRUB to become the default bootloader and destroy the windows one.
mariomucho123 wrote:Keep in all that in mind and that I am not a guru.
windows boot loader is not destroyed but grub is installed in front of it. can easilly be resoterd to previous setting if that is necessary. one command is run from windows install CD and the windows MBR is again in the first position (grub is gone).
my point is that
1 - linux mint does not require formatting of whole disk but rather you need only a portion of disk (partition) to be formated in linux file system
2 - it does leave windows OS alone. completely.
3 - as mentioned you can install grub to linux partition however then you need to change the boot order manually in BIOS. while htis way boot comes up you select the os oyu want and you go... you can also install boot loader to a floppy disk if you like and then select to first boot from that.
3. I heard you could install all of GRUB to the linux pariton...but that it is unstable and requires hacking
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