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Old 01-24-2006, 01:22 PM   #1
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Question Linux And Windows.

I want a LInux disto that I Can boot Windows or Linux. Not one that Runs on Windows. I would like something that is put in the Boot.ini. So when I start Up it will ask me what OS I would like to start. Ihave been Looking around and cannot find something like this. At least on that will work witha NTFS Partation. This os is for a Laptop.

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Old 01-24-2006, 02:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: Linux And Windows.

Not "totally" understanding the exact specifics you're asking for but...

There's a thing called a boot loader (which lets you select which partition to boot from) Usually people use this to select between different operating systems or different kernel versions.

A popular one is called Grub. http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/

Another one, not as popular called Lilo. http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/workshops/li...tall/lilo.html

Windows XP comes with a boot loader I believe but you have to partition your drive correctly so you can install another OS later.

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Old 01-24-2006, 03:40 PM   #3
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Default Re: Linux And Windows.

windows XP boot loader will let you switch between different versions of windows, but will ignore linux...

worse still, if you install windows after linux, it'll overwrite the bootloader (usually grub or lilo) with the windows one, offering only a windows boot...

linux however if much beter at this...
for duel boot systems, (generally speaking)
install windows first, then install linux, since linux will helpfully recognise that windows is installed and keep etting you boot into it.
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