ADVICE? Dual boot - in which order?

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ADVICE? Dual boot - in which order?

Postby prinssimikko » Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:29 pm

Hi

Is it possible to install Windows XP after i have installed Mint? Is dual boot still working? I've previously only done it the other way round.

Thanks!

- Mikko

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Re: ADVICE? Dual boot - in which order?

Postby Husse » Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:06 pm

Yes it is possible but there is a BIG but...
As you could expect Windows does not give a damn about other operating systems so grub will be destroyed.
Luckily that's easy to fix.
Boot the live cd and follow the instructions in the wiki
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... _your_grub
Of course read it at least once first and write down the number of your present Mint partition. This is simple and I've done it several times (not because of Windows though)
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Re: ADVICE? Dual boot - in which order?

Postby prinssimikko » Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:33 pm

thanks!
i already found some thread, which guided me to use Super Grub Disk. i installe xp, and managed to boot back to Mint with Super Grub, but now i can't select XP to boot... so i guess i just have to play around with Super Grub settings...

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Re: ADVICE? Dual boot - in which order?

Postby Husse » Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:13 pm

Add something like this to /boot/grub/menu.lst

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title      Microsoft Windows XP Professional
root      (hd0,0)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader   +1

This is if you have grub in MBR and Windows in the first partition (sda1)
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Re: ADVICE? Dual boot - in which order?

Postby prinssimikko » Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:38 am

thanks!
i will try that when i get home from work.
Windows is on the first partition, but i'm not sure about the MBR (to be honest, i dont really get this whole grub thing yet...) how can i check it?

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Re: ADVICE? Dual boot - in which order?

Postby Husse » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:41 pm

Judging from your posts grub is in MBR
This is the borderland between hard- and software
And it's only grub stage 1 we're discussing when we talk of where grub is....
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