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[was: (no subject)] linux installation on a win98 box

On Fri, 20 Sep 2002 SyLamypie@aol.com wrote:

> Hi,
> Sorry to bother you for a what may be a silly question?

There are no silly questions, there are however silly answers ;-)

> Can it be installed onto a Windows 98 PC

Yes. You need to install it on a separate partion however, if your win98
partition occupies whole disk space, you need to 'shrink' windows
partition (use Partition Magic or freeware program fips - you can it find
in debian/tools directory on your debian mirror). 
> how does Debian affect the 
> current O/S? I am a bit cautious to installing a new O/S (Debian) to find out 
> that I cannot use
> Windows 98 anymore. Is it possible that I can run Windows 98 as normal, and 
> then start Debian once the initial O/S has loaded??

It's rather not possible to boot debian from windows session. But debian
comes with a bootloader which will allow you to choose OS at boottime. 

> I am only using this for further UNIX development at home, rather at work, 
> but am
> uneasy about installing it, if it means I lose my Windows O/S.

You won't loose your windows if you are cautious enough:
* prepare a windows bootdisk with fdisk on it,
* prepare a linux bootdisk from debian installer,
* read what installer says and DON'T REMOVE OR FORMAT YOUR WINDOWS
PARTITION (you can't do that by accident, just be carefull),
* if anything goes wrong and you can't boot windows, just restore MBR
(boot from windows diskette and run 'fdisk /mbr'), that will make your
windows bootable again,
* if you need further help, write us.



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