Re: Have Win2K+Linux dual boot; want to upgrade to XP
From: Tim Prince (timothyprince_at_xxxxsbcglobal.net)
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 13:32:05 GMT
Andrew Jaffe wrote:
> One would assume this is a FAQ, but I couldn't find anything directly
> I currently have a dual-boot machine with RH9 and Win2K using GRUB to
> dual boot. I would like to upgrade to WinXP Pro.
Don't do this on a whim. I spend nearly equal amounts of time on 2K and XP
Pro, and XP has many faults. It's certainly not an upgrade in the normal
sense of the word. If you mean in the Microsoft sense, your chance of an
"upgrade" succeeding rather than a clean installation may be 50-50. No one
is taking bets on whether XP or 2K will survive longer, so you can't
justify a change on those grounds. But, since you already went to rh9,
flakiness doesn't deter you.
> If I run the XP installer, I'd like to make sure that it (a) leaves my
> Linux partitions alone; and (b) does NOT upgrade from FAT32 to
> NTFS. Will this be the case?
It will ask you before making any changes to partitions or filesystem
types. I would agree with the other responder, that either 2K or XP should
be run from their own partition, and the FAT partition should be only for
filesystems which you want to share between linux and Windows. If you don't
like the way 2K runs from FAT, don't expect XP to change anything.
> I assume that it will in any event screw around with my MBR and thus
> GRUB. Will I need to make a boot disk and then use that to reinstall
> GRUB? Or are there any subtleties?
Yes, your MBR will be over-written. You knew that grub installed on MBR
would not survive any Windows crashes, repairs or modifications, and if you
didn't plan on doing any, you need a good reason to switch horses. Maybe
you should install grub on /boot and set up the image copy to start from
boot.ini before you make further changes.
> Thanks in advance, &c.,
-- Tim Prince