Re: 1st Partition Linux, 2nd Partition Windows?
From: Tommy Reynolds (TommyReynolds_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Wed, 05 May 2004 18:24:39 -0500
On Wed, 05 May 2004 23:13:35 +0200, sung wrote:
> What I want to do:
> Deleting the first partition, (which i think not possible, since it is
> also the systempartition and contains necessary files for
> windows-startup, no matter which one) and then installing linux instead.
This is quite ordinary and should be no problem. Linux includes a
bootloader more than adequate to chainboot to WinXP. In fact, Linux
will automatically detect WinXP and configure the GRUB bootloader
> Q1: Has anyone experience with an installation like this? (the second
> partition should remain untouched - or more importantly unharmed - by
> the installation).
Well, during the Linux installation you have complete control of
where filesystems are built and which partitions are inspected.
> Q2: I know it's the wrong place to ask, but maybe someone can tell me if
> it is possible to make the 2nd partition of a harddisk start- as well as
> systempartition for windows (if you feel offended by beeing asked
> windows questions here accept my excuses)?
How can the sun be offended by the moon? Your question is most
Just let Linux install the GRUB bootloader into the MBR for the disk
and all will be well. Afterward you may want to edit the
"/boot/grub/grub.conf" file so that the systems boots into WinXP by
default, but this is your choice.