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Dual Boot Linux 7.1 and W2K Pro

By jmd ·
How do you set up a machine to dual boot W2K Pro and Linux 7.1, I installed Linux 7.1 in a different hard drive but I will like to set it up to dual boot with W2k Pro, W2K pro is already installed on another hard drive. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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Dual Boot Linux 7.1 and W2K Pro

by johnlkeyser In reply to Dual Boot Linux 7.1 and W ...

You need to configure the windows boot loader boot.ini, here is a link

http://www.pcquest.com/content/networking/100080119.asp

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by tech_wiz03 In reply to Dual Boot Linux 7.1 and W ...

Ok so you have linux already installed and win2k already installed but they are on separate hardisks? Ideally you would not set-up linux until after you had win2k pro installed. Then during the linux install process for you would specify to activatethe lilo bootloader on the root partition of the win2k harddrive. this will cause the bios to call the lilo bootloader first which would then read the linux lilo.conf from the boot sector of linux and this would present you with your choice of op system. choosing win2k pro would send the boot process back to normal win 2k boot process choosing the other ways completes linux bootup.

All this is necessary since windows doesnot support linux under any condition, in fact make sure you have an emergency boot disk for linux cause if you need to fix win2k it will destroy the lilo bootloader and put back the win2k single op system one.

Since you already have installed linux and i presume have valuable info you don't want deleted, start the install for linux in expert mode but choose repair and pray you remember which partitions you set on hdb drive so you can just choose to update software and install lilo.

best regards rick

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by Lonewolf In reply to Dual Boot Linux 7.1 and W ...

I just a boot loader called XSOL
http://www.xsol.org , which is a free boot loader which can be installed to a dos partition of it's own partition. The setup is simple you just select the partition you want to have as a boot option specify a name etc, very easy to use. It also has the functionally of being able to hide drives and partitions.
I use this both at home and work, at work i'm using it to boot between linux, and 2 different versions of Win2k

Cheers

Steve:)

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by Pete268 In reply to Dual Boot Linux 7.1 and W ...

I have a duel boot suse linux 8.2 and Win 2k. The linux boot manager grub does the duel booting very well.
In your situation I would use Powerquests' bootmagic. This comes with partition magic. Have a look at their website. I think that you can download a trail edition.
I hope this his helpful.
Pete

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