Re: Newbie: Booting Linux from XP and then XP from Linux

From: Miguel De Anda (
Date: 03/15/05

Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 11:47:38 -0800

Andy Barron wrote:
> Hi I have searched for a while and can't find an answer to this.
> What I want to do is be able to boot to Linux if I am in XP and then
> be able to boot back to XP if I am in Linux but without any control
> during reboot 'cos this will be over a vpn using VNC (don't ask).
> I have Mandrake 10.1 and XP installed in different partitions on the
> same disk on a Dell 4700.
> Is what I want to do possible and if so could some kind soul tell me
> how. I know I will probably have to provide more info but I don't
> really know what will be required.
> Andy

 From linux to windows, you can just update your lilo.conf file, run
lilo so it now boots to windows by default, then reboot. For windows,
you won't be able to do it. Maybe you can run one of those programs that
are used to boot linux from windows. IRC loadlin is what you're looking
for. The problem with this though, is that you are updating the mbr of
your drive a lot of times. Not sure if this will cause problems for you.