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Thread: dual booting




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    I want to dual boot with Linux Red Hat 8.0 and WinXP.. i already have my hard drive partitioned into several sizable partitions with XP installed on one currently... it is not on the main partition though.. my C drive is still there available for use.. will i be able to install Red Hat with out screwing up my system and do i have to install it to the main partition.. thanks for the help.. oh and to clarify i don't want to unistal and reinstall xp..

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    install linux in the available space partition (note:linux will create and format it's own partions there)...it's prefered to have windows installed first in a red hat/windows boot, so no worries there
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    You can install Windows and Linux on any partition you like, but its always best to install Linux second (seeings as windows already installed, you've already got this bit covered :)). Linux will install its bootloader into the MBR, and will detect windows and will add it to the boot menu...

    All will be good :)
    At the request of wiggo ;)

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    great.. thanks guys for your help.. that's just what i wanted to know :cheers:

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    Dual boot setups are easy.

    If you know how to partition..Just set things up, and RH will take care of the booting stuff. You'll have a GUI in which you choose what operating system to boot. When you boot up your system. It will also ask you to make a boot disk if you want it ;p
    Work in progress..
    AMD Athlon XP 1800+ (@1.72ghz higher soon..)
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    If you dual boot with redhat then you should always use grub as your botloader, if you know why then you probably know how to fix redhats version of lilo.

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    I tried installing XP and RH8, but when booted i got no XP
    where should the bootloader be??
    in MBR or boot partition?

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    thats a good question cause when i installed rh8 i accidentally deleted my boot files for xp thereby rendering it useless and had to reinstall.. be carefull.. from what i know... xp sets up it's boot stuff on the c: drive so i made c small and left it alone ... i guess this will help but i've been too scared to try to reinstall red hat... anyone know if this is a good way of doing it...

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    I go and ask my teacher. She's been kickin a$$, i mean teaching class on Linux so she would know.
    I'll have the answer up later today.

    BTW I'm in opposite boat as you. I could care less for XP as long as the RH8 works.
    :D : peace2:

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    in my case, where the xp is in first part. of first drive, and Linux is second part. i would want to install it in the MBR.
    If you install linux to a second drive, you have to do it to boot partition of the boot drive.
    Hope this makes sense to you.

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