oobetimer wrote:You could remove grub via command prompt
sagirfahmid3 wrote:oobetimer wrote:You could remove grub via command prompt
I would rather he didn't. Lilo is a complicated bootloader. Since he already has Windows XP, he should just use EasyBCD, its much simpler!
Tips for dual-booting Windows and Linux
When attempting to dual-boot on a computer with one hard drive, always install Windows first, followed by your Linux distribution. Why? Because Windows is intentionally designed to destroy everything in its path. So, if it finds another operating system on the same hard drive it is being installed on, it has no built-in mechanism that allows it to play nice. The foregoing, by the way, is tip number two.
By default, the boot loaders of operating systems are installed in the Master Boot Record (MBR) of a hard drive. That is the best location for it. However, when attempting to dual-boot Windows and a Linux distribution, you have another option, and this should count as tip number four: When attempting to dual-boot on a single hard drive, it is better to install the Linux boot loader on a separate boot partition, and have the Windows boot loader be responsible for dual-booting both operating systems. Whether you choose to follow this tip or not depends on your tolerance for pain, because the alternative is to follow the default, that is, install the Linux boot loader in the MBR.
The problem with the default location is that if you ever have to reinstall Windows or upgrade it, it will wipe the Linux boot loader and install its own (boot loader). Also, some anti-virus programs have been known to install small files in the MBR, so that could be another source of pain, if you have to install an anti-virus program on Windows.
Tip number five: If you plan to install the Linux boot loader on a boot partition, be aware that on larger hard drives, there is a limit on how far the boot partition can be located from the start of the disk. On a 1TB hard drive, it is somewhere around the 500GB mark. The solution in such a case is to create the boot partition close to Windows’ System partition.
Tip number six: Even when attempting to dual-boot on separate hard drives, it is best to install the respective boot loaders on their operating system’s hard drive. Keeping them completely apart in that fashion makes troubleshooting and management a bit less of a hassle.
Everything should work fine until you upgrade Windows, a process that will mess with GRUB, causing you to lose the GRUB menu. To restore access to your Linux Mint 10 installation, the recommended solution is to install EasyBCD, a free application by NeoSmart Technologies, which you may download here. Install it just like any other Windows application.
oobetimer wrote:Have you ever tried to remove EasyBCD?
terdon wrote:Umm.. why do you want to remove grub anyway? Just use grub to boot into windows. Set windows as default if you want. But why spend time and effort replacing a good, graphical bootloader (grub) with a more limited and complex one (win's)?
terdon wrote:Plus grub2, or even better burg, is the prettiest bootloader I've ever seen!
Personally, I completely don't care this. You see the boot loader for just some seconds before the system. The OS is important, the boot loader no. If it makes correctly its work, i.e. we can choose what we want booting, it's good. A nice wallpaper with beautiful colors is quite useless... But it's me.
terdon wrote:Fair enough, I only mention it because OP said he wanted a family machine with no scary linux stuff. I meant that grub or burg are pretty and graphical and not likely to spook sensitive windows users
sagirfahmid3 wrote:Can a moderator or admin PLEASE mark this as SOLVED?
Problem solved--case closed.
terdon wrote:Umm.. why do you want to remove grub anyway? Just use grub to boot into windows. Set windows as default if you want.
Duderino wrote:Tried a dual boot with OpenSuse, want to default boot into Windows. I have another machine for playground with Linux distros
Duderino wrote:wayne128 wrote:Which version of openSUSE you used? Different version uses different grub version.
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