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Installing Windows XP over Sun Solaris 10

By vikasvm ·
I have a Sun workstation and want to make it dual booting one with other OS being XP. I have googled a little but all I find is installing Sun over XP not the other way. LILO I guess is dos based.. so any idea folks...

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XP have a boot.ini file

by NZ_Justice In reply to Installing Windows XP ove ...

Which can be modified for dual boot options, if you can find the sun equivlant your should be able to modifi the boot file for your sun OS to allow for dual boot.

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This is not an issue but you will need some unformatted HDD Space

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Installing Windows XP ove ...

All you need do then is to set BIOS to boot from the CD then HDD and place the XP CD into the computer and boot.

Press any key when prompted and then allow the XP installer to check the system over and once that has happened and you get to the actual install chose the blank HDD space and format it to NTFS ands install Windows XP to that partition. This will create a Dual Boot option at the initial startup and ask you if you want to boot into XP or Sun.

Just remember that you need some free HDD Space that has no partition formatted on it as the Sun & Windows Partitions are not compatible.

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Creating a dual boot system...

by rodblond In reply to This is not an issue but ...

Hi.
All you need to do is create 2 separate partitions on your hard disk.
The easiest route is to run your Win XP install cd and create 2 raw data partitions. Very easy.
Now choose partition 1, which will be your Win XP drive, and format it to the NTFS format, then install Win XP. When this process has completed, load your Solaris 10 install disk into the cd/dvd drive and reboot you computer. Go with the flow of the installer, when it comes time to select a partition to format and install, select the unformated partition which should be visible, format to Solaris, then choose this partition and continue to install Solaris. You can also make mutilple partitions for your directories to flavor. When all is done, the system should reboot, and make sure to eject your install cd/dvd aswell. When the system boots up, the GRUB bootloader will appear, and you'll have your choice of Solaris 10 and Win XP to load an run.
Hope this helps, pretty straight forward...
I have done this many times with 0 problems to date:)
Have a good day. Choose opensource.

Rod H

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Dual boot system

by rodblond In reply to This is not an issue but ...

Hi.
All you need to do is create 2 separate partitions on your hard disk.
The easiest route is to run your Win XP install cd and create 2 raw data partitions. Very easy.
Now choose partition 1, which will be your Win XP drive, and format it to the NTFS format, then install Win XP. When this process has completed, load your Solaris 10 install disk into the cd/dvd drive and reboot you computer. Go with the flow of the installer, when it comes time to select a partition to format and install, select the unformated partition which should be visible, format to Solaris, then choose this partition and continue to install Solaris. You can also make mutilple partitions for your directories to flavor. When all is done, the system should reboot, and make sure to eject your install cd/dvd aswell. When the system boots up, the GRUB bootloader will appear, and you'll have your choice of Solaris 10 and Win XP to load an run.
Hope this helps, pretty straight forward...
I have done this many times with 0 problems to date:)
Have a good day. Choose opensource.

Rod H

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Windows XP on Solaris x86

by jht7 In reply to Installing Windows XP ove ...

The absolute best way to acomplish this is by using the excellent FREE software from SUN called "Virtual Box".

http://www.virtualbox.org/

There are two packages that quickly install, and then, load your Windows XP from CD-ROM as if it were a typical PC, and load whatever Windows software you want. It works great, and runs concurrently with Solaris, so if you have Gnome, for example, with workspace manager, then you have Windows XP running in one workspace, and Solaris running in 4, 5, or 6 other workspaces at the same time.

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