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Re: Dual booting -- Adding windows to a Linux system

On Mon, Oct 10, 2005 at 12:01:56AM -0700, Roy Pluschke wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-10-10 at 12:57 +0700, Ms Linuz wrote:
> > Roy Pluschke wrote:
> > 
> > >Is there a howto for dual booting an existing linux system with windows
> > >2000.  Everything I've found so far assumes windows is installed and
> > >then adding linux -- I'm going the other way -- existing linux system
> > >and having to add windows.  Unfortunately the program I need won't play
> > >nicely with winex, vmware etc. and the linux alternatives aren't quite
> > >there yet.
> > >
> > >Thanks in advance,
> > >Roy P.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >  
> > >
> > Dou you want to install windows on the disk which currently installed 
> > linux ?
> > 
> Yes, on the same disk. I have to somehow reduce the current partition
> sizes and add a new partition for windows. I am also concerned that the
> windows installation will then screw things up (overwrite the MBR).

That's why you could tell lilo to put the master boot record on a floppy.
(preferably do it twice so you have two boot floppies, just in case).
Then put the floppies in a safe place, and install Windows.  You'll still be able to boot Linux from floppies, and can relilo to your heart's content
until you get it to boot both Linux and Windows.  Do your experimintation
with the MBR's of various floppy disk until you get it right.

The hard part may be to keep Linux booting while you shrink its partitions.

-- henrik

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