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How to acess the installation dump in dual boot system by booting as Linux

Question: How to acess the installation dump in dual boot system by booting as Linux

I have system with Dual boot (Windows 2000 and Red Hat Linux)
I have "Oracle Application installation dump for Linux" in Windows 2000 system
How to access(Install) this dump booting with Linux o/s

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Preferred Solution: How to acess the installation dump in dual boot system by booting as Linux

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: How to acess the installation dump in dual boot system by booting as Linux

You can recompile your kernel with NTFS support or install Captive NTFS to gain access to NTFS partitions.

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Hello everyone!

I've made my Sony VAIO into a dual-boot machine (Win7 64-bit and Ubuntu Linux) and I'm having trouble getting into the BIOS.

When powering up, even though I repeatedly press and hold down the DEL key it always goes straight to the GRUB menu:

And then when I select to load Windows 7, I keep pressing DEL but it goes straight to Windows.

It doesn't seem to matter how fast I am on the keys - I can't get into the BIOS.

I have a should I be trying to enter the BIOS before getting to the GRUB menu, or after?

Also, (and this may be irrelevant) I've checked my registry to determine what kind of BIOS I have (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / HARDWARE / DESCRIPTION / System ), where I found that the SystemBiosVersion variable = Sony - 20110905 BIOS Date: 09/05/11 11:20:58 Ver: 04.06.03

(I would have thought the BIOS would be something like American Megatrends!)

Anyways... is there any way I can get into the BIOS from Windows, i.e. after Windows has loaded? Do I have to remove Linux from my computer? I hope not!

Thanks so much for your help and have a great day.

Answer:can't enter BIOS when booting (Win7 / Ubuntu Linux dual boot system)

Best to keep in mind that the BIOS is completely different from ANY operating system. There is no connection between the two things, other than the BIOS handing off control to an OS.

You press DEL (or whatever key enters the BIOS) before any operating system begins to start up.
You can start pressing the key repeatedly (once a second) just as soon as you hear the POST beep or see anything happen on the display screen.
Once you reach the Grub loader it is too late. Start over.

You can't get into the BIOS from an operating system. You can only shut down and/or restart.
Nothing in the operating system's registry has anything to do with your system's BIOS, other than communicating with it initially.

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I got a bluescreen hours ago on my Toshiba Satellite U400 Laptop using Windows Vista. I can't exactly pinpoint the cause but this is what the bluescreen says

A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

A process or thread crucial to system operation has unexpectably exited or been terminated.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen,
restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow
these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed.
If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any Windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory operations such as caching or shadowing.
If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x88253B18, 0x88253C64, 0x82C82430)
Collecting data for crash dump ...
Initializing disk for crash dump ...
Beginning dump of physical memory.
Dumping physical memory to disk: 100

I cant pinpoint the exact cause but here are some infos and problems with my laptop:

1. For the last 6 months I have problems with the Hibernate and Sleep options with Vista because most often laptop will not switch the light of the power ... Read more

Answer:Vista dump crash but Linux (from dual boot opt) works

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"The UEFI secure boot protocol is part of recent UEFI specification releases. It permits one or more signing keys to be installed into a system firmware. Once enabled, secure boot prevents executables or drivers from being loaded unless they're signed by one of these keys. Another set of keys (Pkek) permits communication between an OS and the firmware. An OS with a Pkek matching that installed in the firmware may add additional keys to the whitelist. Alternatively, it may add keys to a blacklist. Binaries signed with a blacklisted key will not load"
Read the rest: mjg59 | UEFI secure booting

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I have 3 hard drives on my tower: one 250 gb for data, one with 500 gb for Windows 7(64) and lastly I have one with 80 gb for Windows XP(32). I had installed XP before I installed 7. After installing 7, whenever I powered the machine, it would allow me to choose between "Windows 7" or "an older version of windows" (XP). Perhaps I was not careful nor did I do enough research when I installed 7, but I assumed the hdd with XP would keep its MBR with only one option and a new MBR would be installed on the 500gb hdd allowing me to choose between both.

Now taking this in consideration, and as I had stopped using XP completely, I thought it would be harmless to format the 80gb hdd. I wanted to install Linux. So I installed Ubuntu (10.04) 64bit on the 80gb, assuming that grub2 would be installed there with an entry for Windows 7 (the MBR installed on the 500gb hdd). Things did not go as I'd expect. Not only did grub2 not display any Windows 7 entry, whenever I set the 500gb as first boot hdd, I get an error saying no MBR was found.

Believing that for some reason the MBR in the 500 gb was damaged (or maybe it never existed, perhaps what really happened was that the 80gb XP MBR was edited during 7 install), I inserted the Windows 7 64 bit dvd, accessed repair, dos and ran repair commands I found on the web (not blindly of course). More specifically, "bootsect /nt60 D:" ( MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record ), where D: was the label shown for the 5... Read more

Answer:MBR not found when booting Windows 7 (Dual-boot with linux)

Try this:

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

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Hi guys,
I know you're likely sick of Physical Memory Dump threads, but I'm completely stumped on this one.

Windows XP Pro, SP3: physical memory dump every time I start the computer. First "fixed" it by simply running only one of the two sticks of RAM, but now it dumps even with just one.

Windows 7 HP: works just fine.

Clearly, the hardware seems to be just fine. Otherwise, the Win7 partition wouldn't work - right? If this is something you could help me with, please let me know if there's any other information I can provide to aid in the troubleshooting. Thanks!

Answer:Physical memory dump on one OS of dual boot system

Update: I've got XP working with 1 stick of RAM again, but it boots up and dumps twice before booting and staying up the third time. Any ideas? Thanks!

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Is it possible to make my system into a dual booting XP home/ Linux system I have 30 gigs free, 512RAM.

I don't know much about Linux but would like to learn and I'm just seeing if one can even set up a dual boot system.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Dual boot XP/Linux system???

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I have a dual boot system (2 hard drives) booting Suse and XP and boot up through Suse's built in boot manager which gives me the option of booting to Windows or Linux.

But since I barely ever use Linux I want to delete it off the 2nd drive so I can use it for a storage drive, so I'm wondering how to replace the Windows Master Boot Record so I can just boot into my XP drive. I'm scared that once I delete/reformat the contents of the 2nd hard drive (I'll probably use Partition Magic to do this through my XP drive) that I won't be able to boot XP up anymore. So before I do anything I want to just be able to boot into XP and bypass the linux drive before I delete it to make sure everything is ok.

Can anyone help me out with this?


Answer:Want to replace Master Boot Record on dual boot system & delete Linux drive

Yeah, if you toast linux then it won't boot up. I had that problem when I used Fedora and got rid of it. Boot from your XP disk and go to the repair console. You can use commands in there to make a new mbr. I can remember the exact command. I think you can type help and that will give you a list of available commands. I think it is "fixboot" or "fixmbr" but I can't remember the exact command.

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I understand that its not possible to use the raid on my motherboard with linux but I am wondering I am still able to dual boot if linux is installed on another hard drive in my system.

The setup I have is 2 Raptor 36gb drives setup under raid 0. I also have 2 SATA 500gb hard drives. The raptors are divided into 2 partitions with windows installed on one. I was wondering if it is possible to install linux onto one of the 500gb hard drives and still have it run? Anybody know?

Answer:Dual Boot Linux in a system with Raid?

Not sure what your motherboard is, but you can definitely install Linux on motherboard based RAIDs. Here's a link I used to set up my triple boot w/ RAID. XP Pro / Vista Business 64bit / Kubuntu 7.10.

Hope this helps.

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Alright, so I had setup a dual boot system, Windows XP on the first partition and SuSE9.1 on the rest of the HD. I don't want Linux anymore, so how do I get linux off my system, and the HD space back without having to completely re-install? I'm thinking of just formatting the part of the HD it's on, and then if it gives me trouble when I boot afterwards, I'll just run fixboot from the XP CD. But is there a better way?

Grub is my bootloader, so will that pose a problem?

Answer:Uninstalling Linux from a Dual Boot system


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Ive been toying around with the idea of installing linux alongside windows XP making a dual boot system however a friend of mine had avit of a nightmare trying to get rid of it as well as making the system unbootable when he got rid of linux, all i want to know is if i decide that i dint get on with it how easy is it to get rid of without mucking up windows

Answer:uninstalling linux on dual boot system ??????

You are quite right to be wary of installing another OS. In any operation of this sort things can go wrong, and your first priority should be to be able to restore the system to it's original state if things don't work out.The best way to do this is to take an image file of your existing setup before you begin, using Drive Image or a similar program.If you haven't got Drive Image, you must ensure that everything is backed up, so that you could reinstall XP if the worst happened.However, if you are careful and follow the instructions, it should be OK, and I wish you well with Linux.

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I've got Windows 7 installed and would like to set up a dual boot system with an Ubuntu 9.04. However, I would like to use the Windows 7 boot loader instead of GRUB. How can I do that? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Linux Dual Boot System Using the Windows 7 Boot MGR

See if this thread from today helps: Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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i have almost zero linux knowledge. i used it a little for wardriving, and now I wanted to get rid of it, i didn't use it anymore.

Under winXP, i deleted the linux partitions. on my next reboot, i'm stuck on a black screen with a grub> prompt

what do i do from here? later on i'm gonna try booting off winxp cd and doing a format /mbr or fixboot to see if that works

thanks for any suggestions

Answer:laptop dual booting winxp and linux. deleted linux partitions, stuck in grub...

boot off the windows xp disk and do the recovery console option then do

as described here

or you can download and configure another boot loader if you want to have a choice between some other os

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i am running windows xp and ubuntu linux on my computer (dual boot) but i can't really get ubuntu to work properly. how would i uninstall it as well as the partition between linux and windows?

Answer:removing ubuntu (linux) from a dual boot system

how is your machine partitioned?

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I had Fadora Core (I think it was that one) installed on my computer alongside Windows XP, but I recently reinstalled XP and now I can't access Linux because my multi boot menu is gone. How can I fix this? I know that Linux is still installed because Partition Magic shows me all the partitions. Please Help


Answer:System was set up for dual boot but I reistalled Windows and can't access linux now

When you install Windows, it overwrites your master boot record, whether you want it to or not. Unfortunately, this is where the boot menu is located in which you select which operating system you would like to boot.

In order to get it back, boot up with you Fedora CD in the drive. I'm not too familiar with the Fedora install process, but if it's like most other distributions I've used, you should be able to skip past most of the install process to the point where it installs the boot loader (I believe the default for Fedora is Grub, although it is possible that you chose to use LILO when you initially installed it.. If you used to get a full screen, probably graphical, menu then it is definately grub).

Alternatively, if you can break out to a command line from the install CD (either by selecting a rescue mode at boot or by pressing CTRL-ALT F1 (or F2, F3, etc) once the installer is loaded, you can manually install grub by doing the following:

Type 'grub' at the command prompt.

At the 'grub>' prompt type 'root (hd0,0)' ***
At the next 'grub>' prompt type 'setup (hd0)'
Finally, type 'quit', and reboot, make sure you take the CD out of the drive.

*** hd0,0 assumes that you are installing onto the master drive on the primary IDE controller.

Hope that helps, good luck!


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Hello -

Several months ago, I decided that I wanted to dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17 because I was taking the Free Linux class that was posted about.
I never even finished the class. I decide very early on that Linux is not for me. I want to be able to click an executable and install programs.
I dont want to compile them, etc. It took me over an hour just to get my printer working and that is after I had to manually edit some config file to add the IP address in. TOO MUCH WORK.

I would now like to get rid of linux and reclaim the space for my Windows install. I do not want to have to reinstall or anything like that.
I have a 512 GB SSD and I think it is divided in 1/2. I have a boot menu that starts when I turn on the computer. It allows me to pick Windows, Linux, Recovery mode or MemTest.

Please advise on the steps to perform this.
I would be willing to image the windows partition and clone it to a new 512 SSD and then wipe the original and use it as a data drive.
I can not remember if I have anything stored on the linux portion that I would like to keep.
I haven't used it in so long that I don't think I remember the PW for it. If the clone and reinstall is the best option, please recommend a program to use.
The computer is an HP Elitebook 8560W with and I7, 32 gigs of ram and a dream color panel.

Answer:Dual booting Win Xp and Linux Mint 17. Want Linux gone.

Is it XP or Win7? To get rid of the Linux boot menu use fixmbr command.

Scroll down to the correct OS and follow the instructions.

After that go to disk management in Windows and expand the windows partion to reclaim the Linux partition, assuming Linux is on the second partition of the ssd.

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About a week ago I updated my video card with the Geforce Experience app but something went wrong and Windows went into low res mode plus Aeros stopped working as well and uninstalling the updates didn't help so I had to do a system restore but it didn't restore properly I've attached the error message but I did a little research and it looks like it has something do with (Linux) Grub interfering with the Windows restore process.
And I haven't noticed anything really odd with Windows except when I run CCleaner it says MS search instead of thumbnails. But how do I ensure next time I restore Windows it be interrupted by Grub should I try a third party system restore app maybe Duplicati?

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I have 2 hard drives with a dual boot system. 98SE is loaded on C drive and XP Pro on the D drive. There are files on the root of the C drive which, I understand, are important to dual boot - boot.ini, bootsect.dos, NTDETECT.COM, and ntldr.My question is: can I do a repair installation of XP without removing the dual boot capabilities?

Answer:Repair installation of XP Pro in dual boot system

Yes. if any problems boot to the repair console and type in:bootcfg

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I've got a brand new SSD waiting for me at the post office, and what I need to do is the process described in this helpful tutorial SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System -- but my specific situation is that I've got a dual-boot system:

There's drive C with Windows 7 64-bit,
drive D for general storage,
and drive E housing Windows Vista 32-bit, into which I sometimes boot for running incompatible software.

When I boot into Vista, drives C and E swich places in the nomenclature (E becomes C in Vista and vice versa).

There's also a special guest, drive B which is my big external HDD, powered only when I back up or restore my stuff.

So here's my current plan.

1) I back up everything using my backup software, which is Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced.

2) Using the backup image of C, I copy my C drive (or most of it) over to the SSD (after having prepared it as per the instructions in the tutorial).

3) Not 100% sure what happens next. I have to edit the drive letters and boot settings (using EasyBCD, perhaps?) so that the SSD takes the place of drive C in the drive setup and in the windows boot manager. Ideally, the dual-boot with Vista remains intact and everything remains seemingly the same, the C drive just housed in a different piece of hardware, and the old hdd (now drive X or whatever) becoming a (second) generic storage drive.

I don't feel like doing this trial-and-error just on my own. Any tips? What do you think about this project?... Read more

Answer:Transferring my Win 7 installation to an SSD in a dual-boot system

I would clone the HD to SSD using free Acronis premium cloning/imaging program which comes free with any WD or Seagate drive in the mix.

Otherwise use free Macrium Reflect which includes cloning in the latest version.

After cloning unplug the source HD. If Win7 fails to boot, boot into the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair 3 Separate Times after marking it Active and setting it first HD to boot in BIOS setup.

Once it starts, try booting Vista using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key wihch is the preferred method of Dual Booting with separate HDs because it keeps them independent. If it fails to boot either add it from Win7 using EasyBCD 2.02, or unplug Win7 HD to mark Vista Active then run Vista Startup Repair 3 times to make it's bootmanager also independent and bootable via BIOS.

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I do not know if this is the correct forum to ask this question but im currently trying to jury rig a dual boot system of windows 7 and windows XP from a Win 7 / Vista dual boot system. I have been unable to hinder the OS executable compatibility error for installing older operating systems over "current" operating systems so any in windows route i take to install win XP on a separate hard drive is stopped.

After several attempts of what i mentioned in paragraph one i tried the basic bios load from CD. The end result was a 0x0000007B BSOD. I consulted the fountain of all knowledge formerly known as Google and discovered what a 0x0000007B could possibly mean and i used the drive fitness test provided by my hard drive manufacturer and windows chkdsk and the drive checked out fine. My next step was modifying BIOS setting that dealt with the sata configuration. I changed from raid (which was pointless to be on anyway since i do not have a raid array) to ACHI even IDE although im not sure what the IDE configuration for SATA really meant but i did it anyways. Each time i got the BSOD error at the exact spot...
I just don?t know what to do to fix my problem and dual boot win XP alongside my win 7 boot.

Also important information to note, Vista installed perfectly on the drive i was trying to install XP on and the drive is in an Esata external enclosure

Answer:BSOD Installation Error 0x0000007B Dual Boot System

Make sure you have XP SP3 installer - if not find one online for your version (retail/OEM).

For separate HD's unplug all but target HD, wipe the HD using Diskpart Clean Command
then try install. If it fails again you'll likely need the SATA drivers added:
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

I would try the AHCI drivers first if you have your BIOS set to that since changing back to IDE may cause Win7 to fail to boot.

After install, plug back in other HD's, set preferred OS HD first to boot in BIOS, then boot other OS HD using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key at boot. This keeps the HD's independent to come and go as you please and minimizes interference from XP. However if this is not convenient for you after trying it for awhile, you can install EasyBCD 2.02 to Win7 to Add XP to a windows-managed Dual Boot menu.

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Goal: Dual boot Windows 7 and Linux and have an NTFS partition for both OS.

Problem: When creating Logical Partitions with any Linux partition tool(Gparted, cfdisk) the Linux swap and ext 4 partitions shows up on Windows 7 as primary partitions outside of the Extended partition while the NTFS partition shows up inside the Extended partition as logical drive. Disk management shows 5 primary partitions and 1 logical drive inside an extended partition.(As seen in Disk1.jpg attachment) I'm using MBR.(not UEFI)

I can create the partitions in Windows 7 disk management and choose not to format the two logical partitions used for Linux. I can then use the mkswap and mkfs.ext4 command to format the partitions.(See Disk2.jpg attachment)

Why is Windows 7 disk management not showing my partitions correctly when I use a Linux tool to partition the disk? Will this cause any problems with Windows 7? I'm afraid of making Windows 7 unbootable.(although it booted just fine I do plan on using EasyBCD to add an entry to load the grub bootloader for Linux)

If I partition my disk with Windows 7 disk management(as seen in Disk2.jpg) will that cause any problems for Linux?

What is the recommended way to handle this? What are the downsides to each way?

Note: I'm a bit of a linux noob.

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Question: dual booting linux

does anyone know how to dual boot win 2000 and redhat linux 7.1? does it matter what operating system is there first?i dont mind what linux boot loader i use, i just want to be able to use windows and linux.any ideas would be great.

Answer:dual booting linux

i would put windows on first and then linux.doesnt matter if you use grub of lilo and i would suggest you get a hold of partition magic and use that instead of letting linux do the here for tutorial videos

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Hi guys

I know I could wade through numerous websites to find the answer but I need a quick one. I have just installed Fedora core 4 on a second drive. My main (boot) drive is Windows XP. How to I set up to dual boot either XP or Linux?


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well i decided that i wanted to experience somethign different then windows, and possibly faster than windows? well i was wondering if someone coudl help me do all the processes to dual boot my computer iwth windows xp and linux. i am not sure what linux to use i am currently researching that but i want something that will be fast with AIM, an internet browser, and music. thats prety much all i use my computer for and windows has to many things going on that makes my computer to slow. if any of this makes any sense i could use some help. if anyone has a good linux distro i could go with that will be fast wtih the things i need that would be great.


Answer:dual booting with linux.


Glad to see you're expanding your horizons. Linux has come pretty far and more manufacturers and programmers are taking notice every day. Any current Linux distribution will have what you're looking for. If you can function like a normal person in Windows, you'll be able to do the same in Linux. You can view the distributions I use and go with anyone of those, they're all good. For a newbie, I'd suggest either Suse or Ubuntu. They have a much better package management system (kind of like your add/remove programs in Windows) which you'll be able to understand and adapt to more easily.

When you install a new Linux distro (distribution), it will install Grub (boot loader, like ntldr in Windows) in the MBR on the Windows system. It will automatically recognize Windows. So, you'll have no problems booting, at least we hope.

When you get into Linux, there are significant differences, but a lot of similarities. For instance, both Windows and Linux have the same system requirements. As for the differences, Linux has a much better memory management system. You'll never use your SWAP partition (paging file or virtual memory in Windows speak), which results in a great speed boost. Linux protects yourself from yourself, you will NOT have an administrator account. That way you cannot delete important system files or anything like that. Be careful when you first install, like Windows, Linux will attempt to format the rest of the free space with it's own fil... Read more

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I have 2 hard drives, an 120 gig with XP on it(drive is master), and an 80 gig with Linux(drive being slave). Now when i installed Linux, I installed GRUB on the MBR of the 120 gig. When i boot GRUB comes up with the options of booting into linux or XP, if i select linux it boots fine, but if i select xp nothing happens and i need to reboot my computer.

I think it has to do with my grub.conf file so here it is:


# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd1,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hdb10
# initrd /initrd-version.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-3)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-3 ro root=/dev/hdb10 hdc=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.18-3.img
title XP
map (hd1) (hd0)
map (hd0) (hd1)
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

Answer:Dual booting XP Pro and Linux 7.3

See? I am so afraid of Linux. They are dangerous.


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I have both windows xp and linux on my system. Everytime I start up I get a drop-down list for the two operating systems with linux being the default one that always starts first. How can I make Windows xp start first without having to select it everytime. Please help, thanks

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I'm currently downlaoding the new Ubuntu, I have vista premium installed at the moment and I want to dual boot to see what linux is like. Am I correct in thinking that to do this all i have to do is.

1. Download Ubunto
2. Burn it to disc as ISO
3. Use partition magic to create a partition on my harddrive
4. Restart PC with ubunto disc in drive and with bios set to read cd drive first
5. Installation will begin.

This is my first time dual-booting and don't want anything to go wrong!

Answer:Dual Booting Linux/Vista

Looks good. Make sure to defrag your Vista partition first before repartitioning. Then when you install Ubuntu, make sure you install it to the correct empty partition. Ubuntu will put in the GRUB bootloader so that when you start up your computer you will be given a choice between Vista and Ubuntu. Welcome to Ubuntu! You'll love it! Install Beryl! I'm starting to sour on Vista Home Premium.

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I am thinking of running windows xp and linux on the same hard drive. I know I load windows first, but is there a boot loader that will allow me to choose which os I want to load up at start up?

Answer:Windows Xp and Linux dual Booting

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i had redhat linux and windows piartitioned in my system(pentium m). so i wanted to instal suse linux, when i did it overrride the linux dual booting sector to OPENSUSE dual booting sector for suse and windows. please how can i get the red hat linux dual boot sector back?

Answer:Dual booting Windows XP & Linux

While not able to help you with this one... - not played with dual boot linux/windows (yet)...It would be useful if you can clarify (explain more clearly) what you had installed; what you added in and what you actually hope/wish to have installed when it's all working correctly?That way others here can and will help you, more easily - and successfully...

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I've been unsuccessfully trying to dual boot my laptop with a Linux distro. Grub2 never installs and so even though the distro is installed, I cannot boot into it. I have asked on several Linux forums and they suggested there might be some problem with the way my hard drive is partition.

So, I've decided to format my HDD completely and install Win7 and Linux Mint from scratch. So I'd like to know the best way to format the HDD so that after installing Win7, Grub2 will be able to find the MBR file and overwrite it. I'm asking this because during the installation of Win7, when trying to partition the HDD, windows always creates a "system reserved" partition as "sda1" and then another partition with the chosen size as "sda2". The reason I think GRUB2 isn't installing might be due to the MBR file being located in "sda2" and not in "sda1" because usually, when installing Mint, the installer detects Win7 but in my case it never does which doesn't make sense because Win7 is installed in "sda2". So, I hope someone can advice me on formatting my HDD so that the Mint installer can detect Win7 and properly install Grub.


Answer:Best way to format HDD for dual booting with Linux

If you want more customized advice post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums

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Currently I have a computer running Windows XP home on my 60gb hard disk with a NTFS partition taking up the whole drive. I also have another hard disk, which is set as my H:\ disk, which is 40gb, also a fully-hard drive munching NTFS partition that I use for my Music files, Downloads, Images, Website and Important Backup files. I also have a 8gb that has just failed. I was hoping to install Red Hat Linux 8.0 on my 8gb and switching it in whenever I wished to use it (basically to test my website in a different os and to suit all file types, or basically because I think its an all round better OS all together), but seeing as the 8gb likes to click alot and complain about even working, is there any way of changing the partitions on my 60gb or my 40gb (i would perfer my 60gb) without touching the data thats already on their now? Thanks

Answer:Dual Booting Red Hat Linux/ XP Home

Is what you need, although they do not guarantee to preserve your data, it usually is OK. However, I would not advise using any partition utility without backing up important data, it is imperative anyway given the tendency of Hard Disks to fail at inconvenient moments.A bonus of purchasing PM is that it comes bundled with Bootmagic which you could then use as a bootloader to choose between your OS's.

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Hi I have read a few things in this forum but it does not help my problem, I have two hard drives one a 80 gig and one 30 I wanted to put Red hat 7.2 on my 30, so I resized my 30 to 20 as this is where all my backup files are, so then I had 10 gig or so unpartioned space I installed linux without a hitch I had a guide for when I got o the boot loader which told me to use Grub and to configur as follows : Install boot loader record on devmda master boot record and that was basically it all the rest of the fields were left blank on my 80 I have windows xp pro already installed. After redhat installation was finished it rebooted and went strainght into xp as normal or as if I had not installed red hat I tried booting from rescue disk that is created on red hat and it says it can not find red hat or somthing about not been able to find the kernel thanks in advanced for any help given Chris :-))

Answer:Linux And Windows Xp Pro Dual Booting

Try reinstalling over its self, and make a new rescue disc

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I tried to install Linux on a separate partition in my HDD which is already having windows 8 pro, but while installing instead of showing the free space(which I've partitioned ) it's taking entire HDD into consideration. How can I install Linux without formatting HDD or removing windows 8.

Answer:Dual booting (Windows 8 pro and linux)

Here is a nice tutorial for installing Linux Mint 17 with Windows 8.1: you are new to Linux, Mint is an excellent "starter" distribution.Don C

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I own a macbook pro (Core Duo, 2 gig ram, 160gb hd). I am going off of the site.... I have installed the rEFIt loader and windows XP. Mac and Windows work fine. But i am not sure how to go about Linux. Apparently, the linux boot loading system and the mac os x boot loading system aren't the same and this can cause conflicts when trying to get a boot loader together?? Well, the site tells me to install linux/lilo and do some crazy configurating with them. The configurations of lilo i am sure i can figure out... I just am not sure where to begin... Am i supposed to install linux and lilo then in linux (through option/alt and loading that partition) am i supposed to change the lilo loader? Or how am i supposed to deal with Lilo. Is anybody able to decipher what they are saying or able to help me in another way going forward with what i already am working with.
I am trying to get Ubuntu on my system.

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i upgraded my linux from 8.1 to 9.1 and already using Win ME wen it was on 8.1 i could dual boot fine not it comes up with "starting OS" and then "LI" witch it never used to do i don't know what to do can some one help me please

Answer:Linux and Window dual booting problem

What make of Linux are you using?How did the p/c used to start - was it from a floppy or from the hard drive? Did you use Grub or Lilo to start?Have you a recent back up of your data?

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I'm a new linux user who has been experimenting with linux for a month now. I want to use boot magic as my bootloader because my pc is a family pc and it's just easier to use for my family. Well this is how i tried to do this. First I used partition magic to create a linux partition and swap partition so I could install Kubuntu on my pc. After I did that I installed boot magic as my boot loader. Then when I tried to install linux on my computer, it couldn't read the partition I made with partition magic(which was active for installation). I reformatted the partition and installed linux but then when I loaded windows and checked partition magic it gave me an error.(I figure its becuase I reformatted the partition) Right now both OS work fine but I could only use Grub as my boot loader,,but I would really like to use BootMagic. If any body could help me with a solution....or perhaps recommend a different distribution(with ease of use in mind) that allow this.....I would really appreciate it. By the way my friend recommended Slackware to me, I would also like to hear you opinion of this distribution and experience....Thank You.

Answer:dual booting linux with bootmagic instead of grub....Help

Grub is easy to use. I haven't tried using Bootmagic so I recommend using Grub or Lilo. As for slackware, it is an 'advanced linux distro'. If you like installing linux with nice and colorful GUI's and dont want to always edit text files, then slackware is not for you. But using slackware can help you learn how linux works.

I'd recommend Fedora or Suse for you. I haven't used Fedor or Suse yet but as what I've read, it's good for beginners on linux.

BTW: Slackware was the first the distro I've ever used

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I have/had windows 7 on my newest machine, i also have a 9.10 version of Ubuntu which i wanted dual booted along 7. I made a 20GB partition along side, so there was room for both. Upon the trial i went to install Ubuntu and did what i thought was an alongside install. but upon checking there seems to be a good 1016GB odd, "free" space and the WIn7 is no where to be found. I have a win 7 iso on a dvd but it's not booting, have tried setting cd then hdd in the BIOS, disabling PXE but nothing works. Cant really open up the machine at the moment due to warranty issues and am not sure that the company can repair those, just software. And again the error:
PXE E53, Boot device not found, etc pops up. Even had an error with the system recovery, which was quite odd. i have another working machine (on at the moment) but the new one was vastly superior. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Another PXE E53 Error thread, but after trying win/linux dual booting.

That many views not one reply? seriously?

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I have Windows XP Home installed on one 40 gig drive
I installed Redhat Linux on a second 40 gig drive

When I rebooted I got the boot option to run either Linux or DOS
I chose DOS to boot to XP (which obviously isnt right) and I was given the choice to do a System Recovery or System Restore.....

Is there a way to change the boot.ini file in xp to include Linux ? Or a way to get Linux to include "Windows XP" rather than "DOS" in the boot menu?

Thanks for any input


Answer:Dual Booting Windows and Linux: 2 different drives

go into linux.

ensure that /etc/grub.conf is correctly pointing to your linux installation.

/sbin/grub-install /dev/hdb1

where hdb1 is your linux /


dd if=/dev/hdb1 of=bootsect.lin bs=512 count=1

creates bootsect.lin file in pwd, copy this to c:\

boot into DOS, run this command:

fdisk /mbr

reboot, you will go straight into XP.

with bootsect.lin file in c:\, edit boot.ini to have the following line at the end:

c:\bootsect.lin = "Linux"

Save and reboot, you will be able to boot linux from the XP boot menu.

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I was using win xp os,then I installed linux mint 8 lxde(helena).at that time I could run two os.but my pc encountered some virus problems . so I reinstalled my xp. after of it only xp boots. I can't boot linux.what will I do to make the menu to select both os?

Answer:dual booting XP & Linux Mint 8 lxde

you would reinstall the linux boot loader

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Hi All,
Im dual booting Lubuntu and XP Pro sp3.
I have a very few files on external drives that were downloaded with Lubuntu that Windows wont open.
Mostly Lectures and a few mp3s.
They open and play,read fine in Lubuntu but windows shows them as 0 bytes with the
"refers to a location that is unavailable" error message.
Ive tried taking ownership of the files on Windows and so on but that doesn't work.
Not a huge issue but would be usefull to open the files with windows,does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Dual booting Linux/ xp cant open files

Worth a look, .

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Hey guys,

I'm an advanced windows user but am unsure about dual-booting as I have never attempted it before.
I am going to dualboot on my windows 8.1 laptop -

Asus Vivobook S550CM
8GB Ram
Nvidia GT 635m 2GB DDR3
Intel i5 3337u Quad Core

. But I also want to dual boot to Arch Linux

would i be able to do so and can i get a tutorial

Answer:Dual-Booting windows 8.1 with Arch Linux

For UEFI you can study following technet page on how to prepare UEFI partitions for Windows 8.1

On the above page you'll find a script ( link with example at the end ) which you can use to format your hard drive, what is missing in the above script is to create extra partition which would be used for linux.
I'm not familiar with arch installation setup but here is their link about UEFI:

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I have an adaptec 2940UW, 2 wide Cheetah drives & 1 narrow (Connor) - all SCSI.
I had Win95 running on Cheetah1(ID14). I had previously attempted to install Win2k on what
I'll call Cheetah2(ID0), partition1, dual booting with RH Linux on other partitions on Cheetah2.

That was not very successful on several accounts, so I proceeded to reinstall both
operating systems on a freshly repartitioned Cheetah2(ID0).

After (re)installation of Windows 2000 Professional on Cheetah2(ID0), I began looking for
the Ntldr,, Ntbootdd.sys, Boot.ini etc.
It was NOT on the Cheetah2 drive. Finally I discovered it on the Connor drive (ID2). During the Win2k
boot there is an option scrren of what to boot - Win2k pro or Windows, if I select win2k pro,
everything proceeds normally & the OS boots from Cheetah2; but if I select windows, I end up on
the Connor (ID2) & windows(95) starts but cannot complete. From there I can access Cheetah1,
but not Cheetah2. The failure to boot win95 doesn't bother me - I have working Win95 on Cheetah1,
which I can boot by altering the boot drive in the 2940 BIOS.

The problem is that in trying to alter the boot.ini & boot into RH linux, I run into problems that I
believe are related to Ntldr,, Ntbootdd.sys, Boot.ini etc. being on the WRONG drive.

Some years in the past the Connor drive was my boot drive (for win95) & I think on my first attempt at dual booting
Win2k & Linux on the Cheetah2, I may have c... Read more

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I have been wanting to make a dual boot machine for a while now. I spent the last several days backing everything up and reformated the entire thing. My question is how should I partition it and what file system should I use. I have a 40 and an 80 gig hard drive. I've heard that linux has some issues with the NTFS file system. I was wanting to know if linux can run on NTFS or can NTFS and a FAT partition can exist on the same disk? I'm planing on installing Fedora linux. My school uses redhat on some of their computers and I thought I would start of learning something close.

My plan so far:
1st disk
20 gig Windows system partition
20 gig LInux system partition

2nd disk
40 gig Games & apps part (need atleast 20 gig since UT2k4 and HL2 going on)
20 some gigs for Data

Answer:Question about dual booting winxp pro and linux

Linux will not run on NTFS. It can read NTFS partitions, but cannot write(there is an experimental driver to write to NTFS, but you will corrupt your partition if you use it, so don't).

I'd say make the first disk a 20 gig NTFS partition for booting Windows, and the other 20GB ext2/ext3/reiserfs(whichever you choose). Then make the second disk with fat32 partitions, so both Windows and linux can read and write to it. That's what I did when I dual booted back in the day, and it worked fine. The down side to fat32 is there are no permissions on the FS so the chance to destroy the partition is a bit greater, espicially in linux.

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As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable.

I had to reconnect drive C: just to boot into Win 7 again to write this. I do have files backed up, but to format and reinstall files would take many hours beyond just the time to transfer 400 GB of data, since I have dozens of purchased applications that need to be freshly reinstalled and validated as well. Basically I want my E: drive now to be my boot drive while the C: drive is reformatted and used for general storage.

Any idea how to make my Win 7 drive bootable? Do I need a partition program that is more adept at creating a viable boot sector, or is that even the problem?

Answer:How do I keep Win 7, Dump XP from dual drive, dual boot

Quote: Originally Posted by maxit

As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable.

I had to reconnect drive C: just to boot into Win 7 again to write this. I do have files backed up, but to format and reinstall files would take many hours beyond just the time to transfer 400 GB of data, since I have dozens of purchased applications that need to be freshly reinstalled and validated as well. Basically I want my E: drive now to be my boot drive while the C: drive is reformatted and used for general storage.

Any idea how to make my Win 7 drive bootable? Do I need a partition program that is more adept at creating a viable bo... Read more

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Hi every one...I currently installed kali linux on my virtual box, but as times goes on i noticed that some features were not fully usable under the virtualisation environment such as the NAT and Bridged network protocols and some other network issues. I decided to dual boot kali with my Win10 wich is my primary OS, I followed the neccesary procedure like creating a bootable kali pendrive, disabling secure boot, enabling Legacy mode, disabling the fast boot, creating a free partition and so on.....The installation went smooth and perfect but I was unable to boot into kali's GRUB after the restart, instead, my machine boot into win10 and not even the so called black screen appeared, I wiped the partitioned space i used for the installation and started the installation all over with different pendrives, sd cards and DVDs and even downloading another ISO image with the intention that either the pendrive or the image had been corrupted but the sha1 sum is still the same with the one on the official website. I also tried other methods like using the Easy BCD toolkit and i got an error message "Due to limitations set by microsoft, many of EasyBCD features can not be used in EFI, and BCD edit to create a new entry but instead i got two win10 on my pc installing other linux distro like arch and backbox did the same... I tried using other iso burning tolls like linux live usb installer, win32 disk imager, windows iso burning tool, rufus.....the only thing i noticed was that i wasn't a... Read more

Answer:kali linux not booting to Grub after installation

@Remzified Sorry, but this is just a community self-help forum staffed by volunteers helping folks with MS Windows-related problems.HP only warranties their PCs for use with the original OS that comes preinstalled on the PCs. When you replace that or add a different OS, you then assume full responsibility for maintaining that PC.For support with Linux issues, your best approach is to post in the support forum of the Linx distro you are going to use.Good Luck 

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I currently use Windows 98SE and I'm thinking of getting XP. As I'm not confident all my hardware & software will work on XP I'd prefer to run both. I seem to remember reading somewhere something about when you install XP it gives you the option of operating a dual boot system. Is this so? If so:1)Is it OK if you already have 98 installed?2)Will it allow you to install other operating systems such as Linux, or would you need to use Partition Magic to do this? (I already have PM, but it is only version 5 which wouldn't work with XP.) Would PM do the job differently or possibly better?3) Am I right in thinking that a new version of XP is due out soon, which might be worth waiting for?4) Is it true that I can't buy XP upgrade edition if 98 came installed on the computer when I bought it?

Answer:Dual booting Win98 upgrade to XP & possibly Linux

Having Windows 98 installed doesn't make any difference. But you need another partition to install WindowsXP to.You would need to let Linux install LILO or GRUB. The Windows boot loader doesn't support Linux. In other words you couldn't access Linux.I understand that Windows XP SP2 is on the horizon, but don't know any further details.The Windows XP SP1 installation made no objections to my Windows98SE disc, when I upgraded. That same disc came with my computer. However I don't know how legal this is.

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I have a HP Stream 10" laptop with the standard Windows 10 Home image on the built-in eMMC. There is very little scope to shrink the windows partition enough to install linux along side on the same eMMc.  I have therefore purchased a 64GB micro SDXC card, inserted same into the micro SD slot and attempted to install Linux as follows: Distributions were Mageia 5 Live on USB and OpenSuse Tumbleweed on USB CD, using essentially the same approach.The existing UEFI partition was mounted as /boot/efi  in the partitioning setup in each case and nominated as the boot partition. Linux root, swap and home partitions were defined and formatted to ext4 with appropriate mount points on the second SD card. In each case, the relevant installer completed without errors.  However, on reboot, both cases immediately went into 'grub rescue' mode, listing a uuid that could not be found during the boot process. After issuing 'set' then following with ls on every item shown came up with 'Filesystem unknown'. Using the other approach, of booting a Linux live system, mounting installed directories, chroot and attempting to run grub-install ended up with an error message saying something to the effect of  'no corresponding BIOS disk for this device'. So, my first question is whether what I am attempting here can work at all. I know most UEFIs don't support booting from SD cards.  Here, I am attempting to use the relev... Read more

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Hi all, I have a HP Zbook 15 G3:8Gb of RAM500 Gb HDD (Windows 10 Pro Os installed)500 Gb M.2 SSDIntel I7-6820HQ 64-bit OS I have been having so many problems with this process. I have read countless tutorials on installation, Bios setup, and Dual-booting. I just can't find out why this isn't working.  My preparations:Windows installed origanally Installed the 64-bit version of Kali linuxcreated a bootable usb with Rufus (even tried other programs)Actually booted from the USB and it would load the Kali linux installtion screenWent through the installation proccess (up to the last screen where it says to take out your installation disk) This is what I want, I want Kali linux to be on the M.2 SSD and Windows to stay on the HDD. I really don't care about the GRUB bootloader (if i can use it great please say how) as long as I can boot to both OS's in the boot options. Once the installation is installed on the M.2 SSD I can't boot to it, it comes up with a screen that says there isn't an OS on this drive. This is all done in Legacy mode, my USB won't boot from UEFI mode. I have read articles that have said I need to install Kali on UEFI (or Legacy) mode depending on the other OS, but they have to be on the same boot setting.  Can anyone help with this. Where did I mess up. Is this just an HP Zbook problem?  Thanks in advance for everyone's input!   

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Hi, guys. Last Christmas, I bought each of my twin sons a Dell Inspiron 15R. As teenage boys do, they really mucked them up with every kind of virus and x-ware out there. After not being completely successful cleaning them up with various anti-what-ever programs, I decided to reformat and do a clean install. Problem is, Dell no longer furnishes a hard copy of the OS that was installed at factory. Apparently, they have partitioned the hard drive and installed all original software in that partition, and provided a PC Restore program that will access all software and re-set-up the computer to the state is was when purchased. After doing this, everything worked fine as it claimed it would. Personally, I find it to be the best thing that Dell has done with MS in years.

My question is this...Can I dual boot this set-up with Linux (which I use exclusively, and my son wants to learn), or will this partition that Dell is now using cause me real problems in the case that I may need to perform a future PC Restore? Thanks.

Answer:Dual booting Windows 7/Linux on a Dell Inspiron 15R

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support

The best two ways of running Linux with Wondows on one Hd drive.
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

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hi all.i have windows xp home (oem packard bell recovery disk jobby)with 40gig seagate u series drive using NTFS.8 gigs used at the moment all healthy, no errors etc. i have recently been using knoppix live cd(linux) .i like it and wish to install it on the hard drive to enable me to use it properly.i want to be able to boot to either os at start up.i have a demo of partition magic 8,can i use this to do the job?i have searched the forum and read most of the threads on partitioning and most of the help in pm8 and it seems fairly straightforward but there is one thing im afraid of doing and thats deleting the hidden partition that my xp recovery disk reads from.can anybody give me suggestions on the correct way to go about this please.simpler the better.many thanks.

Answer:dual booting xp + knoppix linux + partition magic

Firstly, your demo version of PM won't allow you to actually use it to partition, etc.Secondly, there should be no danger of you deleting your hidden partition if you are careful.Thirdly, Partition Commander 6 is on the cover disk of PC Plus this month (Aug), and is apparently well recommended, although I haven't tried it yet.

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Hi Friends, am new to Linux but have install it on a clean system before.
My problem is this I want to install Linux on one partition of a systems that has Win xp on another partition, but the partition had been formated using fat 32, What can I do to install Linux on this fat 32 partition ?

Answer:Linux Installation on dual bootable

Convert that FAT32 partition to a Linux one, like ext3 or ReiserFS. Most new Linux distributions have installers that can do it automatically.

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i have some questions regarding dual booting windows 7 home premium x64 with linux fedora 14 on dual independantly dedicated drives. i am a college student with moderate computer (windows) knowledge but am doing software development and would like to play around with some linux for a class. i have no prior experience with linux and have minimal knowledge of operation. i am currently running windows 7 and would like to keep it as my primary os. i do not wish to share media files across drives or os's, windows does that just fine as is and i dont want to get into a third drive. my current drive is a 1tb wd black caviar hdd. it is also currently 2/3rds full and the desktop is about 6 months old so i would rather not partition the drive for a dual boot. i would think that there are some other advantages for the os's operating independantly off their own drives other than if one hdd dies i should still have the other with its os still ok. i have read some topics about RAID configs with dual boot setups with dual drives like this but am not very familiar with RAID. is there a RAID config that would be beneficial in this situation? i currently do not have a RAID card. my tower internals are not very accessible and i dont like the idea of disconnecting drives depending on which os i want to operate. so what would be the best way of going about this? this is a near future project so i am looking for someone with some experience in this area hopefully.
thanks - garrett

Answer:windows 7 and linux fedora dual boot with dual drives

Hi garrettchatt and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Are you trying to ask something? There's nothing there.

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Hi All,
I want to disable RAID1 mirroring on my XPS Gen 5 PC running Windows XP Pro Build 2600 (SP2) so as to facilitate Linux/Windows dual boot.

I have 2 x 160Gb Sata HDDs controlled by an Intel 82801GR/GH SATA Raid controller, can someone point me in the right direction?

Can I make Linux my primary OS?

Also if you have any info regarding the implementation of dual booting (i.e. Windows XP Pro and PCLinuxOS 2007) it would be greatly appreciated.

Rgds, Jody.

Answer:Disabling RAID1(Mirroring) & dual booting Linux and Windows XP

hello & welcome to TSF ,

this is to get you started while i look for the rest that you asked for

follow this link

still working on the raid question

get back to me after you read this to let me know if this is what you want


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Sorry to bother you with this problem. I can usually solve this stuff, but am really stuck this time.

Symptoms: extreme slowdown in both booting, win, and safe mode if I install or run AVG. If I remove it, I can run reasonably in safe mode.

Spybot runs in safe mode.

Dual booting to linux (Kanotix) gives a perfectly fast system, so I'm pretty sure it's not a memory or processor problem -- probably not a disk problem because I can access all disks in Linux quickly. Pretty sure it's a soft or mal ware problem

This is a Win 98SE system so I assume I can't use HJT. Any other possibilities?

Thanks for greatly for your help and time.

Answer:Solved: Win98 can't use HJT, AVG non functioning, dual booting to Linux to write this

My impression that HJT wouldn't work with win98 was incorrect. I've downloaded version 2.02 of HJT and run a scan. Since this thread is now mis-titled, and since there were no replies, I'm closing this thread, and will re-open a new one with a more appropriate title, hjt scan, and problem description.


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Hello SevenForums, members and great administrators.

First, there is a lot forums and sections , so If posted in incorrect one please move it.


I want to Dual-boot Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with Linux Mint (or maybe Debian). I know , with Ubuntu is very easy, but I hate it That is because, low driver support , bad name , bad look and much other.

Questions :
1. How to do it ?
2. What I need ?
3. Do I need empty DVD or Windows 7 Installation DVD (because I lost this one) ?

I'm currently using LMint in VM , but I need it on my current machine , Dual-boot with Win7. And I will delete Win8 for this.

Answer when you can.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Dual-booting Windows 7 Ultimate and Linux Mint (or Debian)

Hi Trinity -

Be sure to make a Win7 System Repair Disk for rescue purposes if you dont' have the installer.

GRUB boot loader can corrupt Win7 beyond repair when on the same HD, so be sure to also save externally a Win7 backup image: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

The cleanest method to avoid GRUB corruption of Win7 is given here by our moderator: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

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So for the last 4 years I have played with linux installs on and off. But something I ALWAYS encounter, is when I eventually get tired of linux (from not being able to play my games), during the removal process I always screw up my bootloader then struggle to fix it. Is there something I can do prior to this that will help?

I'm only interested in UEFI mode anymore since if I use windows it is w10.

If I create a system image of that drive with windows, could I just do windows recovery and get back that drive erasing whatever was on it prior? Would this also set the windows bootloader as the primary?

For example , I want to play with VFIO. First, I want to preserve my virgin windows 10 install on my ssd via a system image. Then I want to wipe it and install ubuntu and then create a VM within Ubuntu running w10. If this all goes south could I wipe the ssd and use the system image to revert back to where I started?

Answer:Safely dual booting linux without corrupting Win. bootloader? (UEFI)

We recommend Macrium Reflect Free and creating a Macrium Reflect rescue drive:
Macrium Reflect Free

It will let you make a backup image of your SSD, and you can restore the entire SSD from the image, or just a damaged EFI System partition. Also when you boot from the Macrium Rescue drive, under the restore menu will be a utility to Fix Windows startup problems which is very good at repairing the EFI System partition and BCD.

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Ok I'm totally new to this Linux deal, but I have to use it for my CIS courses at University. So I figured I would install it on a separate IDE hard drive. However, my windows hard drive happens to be SATA, which Red Hat does not support. So when I'm installing Red Hat it gives me the option to add an another operating system so it will be able to dual boot. But the problem is that my windows partition is on my SATA HD. So is there any way I will be able to Dual boot my system? Any help would be great!


Answer:Red Hat 9 Installation and Dual Booting

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There were some power failures last week which caused some errors on my hdd and I spent 3 days reading this forum, trying to fix my windows 7 boot.

I finally fixed it after running chkdisk through a Windows repair disk after trying various other solutions to no avail. Thankfully, no files were lost (Besides the most important stuff was backed up)

I have an anxiety disorder and I work solely on the PC.
This incident was very hard on my health so I want to make sure that whatever happens I can get to work.

So I had an idea.


A while back I was reading about dual booting and it seemed quite interesting.
So, I've had this idea.

I have a 1 TB HDD.

It has two partitions, "System Reserved" and "C".

I create a new partition called G of let's say 100GB.

I then transfer my music, videos, photos to an external drive.

I uninstall all unnecessary programms/games from C.

I make sure C has about 50-60 GB of used space.

Afterwards, I make a system image using either the Windows 7 built-in tool
or Macrium Reflect/Acronis and transfer all my media back to C.

Could I then restore that system image on the new partition?

The end result I want to achieve is to have a "backup windows 7 installation"
If something happens to my Main installation, I can get to work on the second one.
Of course I backup my work to an external drive everyday.
I don't want to lose any more working days...

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So i was dual booting 2 windows 7 of my computer as one of them stuff up so i was transfering all my data over to the new windows 7.

I use partion wizard to delete the old windows 7 and extend the size of the new windows 7.

No every time i start my PC up i get presented with the dual boot screen.

I have checked msconfig, and it shows that there are no OS

Answer:Dual Boot menu still present even tho im not dual booting

After doing some research I have found to get it to show the Os in msconfig, I need to assign a drive letter to msconfig.
However once that's done and I remove the drive leader and restart pc it doesn't appear once again

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Not an expert. Tried a lot of things trying to make my laptop dual boot Win and Lin. UEFI doesnt work anymore (no boot options available), I have AHCI off, use legacy boot option, secure boot off.
Installing Ubuntu gives fatal error installing Grub.
If I run the Startup repair from the W10 DVD it sais it cant repair.
So there seems to be something wrong with the boot sector?
Now I can only install W10, before I could install Linux but even that doesn't work anymore due to the bootloader error. Before it installed but had different problems with the bootloader. Either it wouldnt show up (and started W10) or it just restarted after choosing W10, only Linux would boot.
Tried to delete all partitions with Gparted from live usb but no result.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Hello guys, I did something stupid today and I'm unable to fix it myself. I wanted to create a Windows 10 and Fedora dual-boot for my Thinkpad E560. I freed up some space on the 1TB HDD that comes with the Notebook and then I installed Fedora via live-usb on this free partition. Everything went fine, then I restarted and the system automatically loaded the usb-stick again. Weird, so I looked into boot menu. The Windows Boot Manager was still there, so I started it, but all it did was bringing me back to the Boot Menu. Unable to start Linux or Windows I'm in some boot loop hell now. To make things worse, I tried to reset my settings in the BIOS (I changed some things with the UEFI to get VMs to work, and I thought that this was the problem). But after the settings were reset I now can't even see the Windows Boot Manager in the Boot Menu! All I can boot now is ATAPI CD0, ATA HDD0 and PCI LAN which all bring me back to the boot menu. I would be eternal grateful if you could help me out - Is there any help left for my existing windows or will I have to completely wipe everything?

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Hi I updated my Lenovo ThinkCentre m92p tiny 3237-A1G to the BIOS version 9SKT59A.I use an OCZ SSD with GRUB2 and Linux/Win7 dual boot (GPT/UEFI) without any problem.After the BIOS update there was SecureBoot enabled and I couldn't obviously boot GRUB2.Then I disabled SecureBoot and changed the Boot order, but when I try to include the SSD with x it disappears in the list of the excluded boot devices but don't appear in the included devices. Now I am only able to boot via USB stick where a grub2 is also installed. I am pretty sure this is a BIOS bug!Anyone else can confirm that or solved such a probem? Cheersmijenix


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Answer:M92p Tiny - no Disk boot after update BIOS to 9SKT59A (dual boot Linux/Win7) GPT/EFI

Hello, I also have same problem on Lenovo M92p 3212-BL3 with BIOS version 9SKT39A. I use an OCZ SDD Vertex 2 with Windows 7 x64 only. The SSD disappears from the list on included and excluded boot SATA devices. The SATA ports still appears but with empty device.  It seems BIOS issue, hope Lenovo will fix this issue ASAP. 

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Tried Ubuntu & didn't like it so wanted to remove it completely. After deleting & recovering that portion of (G: ) which is where Ubuntu was installed, I couldn't boot in Windows 7. I was able to use my install disk to load into repair. The OS it found was-

OS -Windows 7
Partition Size - 122,001Mb
Location - (F: )

(F: ) struck me odd as I thought this would be (C: ) I then when to Command promp & used Bootrec.exe /fixmbr enter - then Bootrec.exe /fixboot enter then restarted. The PC booted in Windows 7 & all seems OK but still wondered if the location was correct. I reloaded the install disk as before & when into repair & it still says location as (F: ) which is my backup drive.

OK, my PC boots but shouldn't the location be (C: ) not (F: )? After all, if (F: ) is removed or goes bad I'd have the non-boot issue again, wouldn't I? If so, how do I write it to (C: )

Answer:Uninstalled Linux OS dual boot with Windows 7 now boot issue.

Dual-booting 2 or more Operating Systems can mess up the drive lettering, especially when 1 or more are uninstalled. If Windows is working properly the only issue will be in assuring program installations point to the drive Windows is on. The earlier versions of Windows such as Win98, WinME, etc., were particular as to the drive or partition they were installed on. Part of the situation may be affected by the newer motherboards and HDDs that use SATA connections instead of the older PATA, SATA has only one drive per socket on the board while PATA have one data cable for each socket and can have one or two drives on each cable.

The easiest/less time-consuming way I've found with such an issue is to backup any user data then boot to a GPARTED CD and wipe the HDDs that have or had an OS installed followed by connecting only one HDD for installing the OS then reconnecting the storage drives. Leaving any of the boot files of a previous OS on an HDD can mess up the boot process, sometimes slows things down when booting.

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hi all!

I tried to install Linux mint 14 along with Windows7 Professional on Compaq 420 laptop using UUI (universal usb installer).

During installation of mint it did not show the option of 'installing alongside existing OS', so i went with 'something else' option at the end.
Freed up space and installed it in my second partition of 100GB with root, swap and home.

Finally after restarting it showed the grub and linux is working fine, but when i try to boot windows it gives an error 'cx0000224' stating that it cannot load windows boot manager and try putting the image cd or installation cd of windows or contact manufacturer in case of not having the installation cd.

I do not have the installation cd anymore but luckily have saved my work externally.

I think i messed up big time, Pl. let know if there is a way to revert back and get my original windows software running again?


Answer:Dual boot with Linux mint giving boot problems

Quote: Originally Posted by ucma

hi all!

I tried to install Linux mint 14 along with Windows7 Professional on Compaq 420 laptop using UUI (universal usb installer).

During installation of mint it did not show the option of 'installing alongside existing OS', so i went with 'something else' option at the end.
Freed up space and installed it in my second partition of 100GB with root, swap and home.

Finally after restarting it showed the grub and linux is working fine, but when i try to boot windows it gives an error 'cx0000224' stating that it cannot load windows boot manager and try putting the image cd or installation cd of windows or contact manufacturer in case of not having the installation cd.

I do not have the installation cd anymore but luckily have saved my work externally.

I think i messed up big time, Pl. let know if there is a way to revert back and get my original windows software running again?


From the Linux Mint forum.
you used the Linux partitioner to re-size the NTFS partition,
then that can often mess us the windows file structure.

it's generally recommended, to use the windows Disk Management program: ... dows7.html
to re-size the NTFS partition first, in order to get some 'free space'.

then use the Linux installer's 'something else' option to point to that free space.

so now, in order to repair the windows boot loader,
you... Read more

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Hi everyone,

I was experimenting with Elementary OS when it went a little wonky, just became unresponsive and features had broken. Couldn't really figure out the problem so I just decided to uninstall it. I deleted the partitions that it had been installed on and tried to restart into Windows.

I got a screen much like the one in the attachment below.

I did some searching on my other computer and found out that GRUB is the bootloader for linux and replaces Windows bootloader when you install it. I also found that to restore windows bootloader, you're gonna need a Recovery disk.

So I made a recovery disk using my Windows 8 laptop (Using a Flash Drive), plugged it into my crippled computer, booted from the USB, followed the instructions that I had accumulated from multiple websites explaining what to do.

The specific instructions were to go to the command prompt within the recovery disk and type:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
I also had tried:

bootrec.exe /fixboot
since another site had suggested trying that. They both said that the operation was successful.

I was then told that I should be able to reboot into Windows good as new. Well I can't. I'm still getting the same GRUB rescue screen linked above.

So that's the problem
Here's various bits that may be helpful:

Crippled PC -
Windows 8.1 Pro
250GB SSD - Windows install (NOTE: When trying to reset it gave me the message saying that the drive with Windows installed was locked and that ... Read more

Answer:Solved: Deleted dual boot Linux - Can't boot windows

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I have done a full installation from an original disk while keeping one partition of old data. I have tried both a 2005 and a 2004 editions (from an earlier computer I had). Both went OK but when the computer reboot after the first phase of the configuration, they both failed to boot after the POST phase. I have tried to install Ubuntu 8.04 and it booted successfully and also showed me the option of starting the windows installation, which again failed to boot. I have DELL laptop Inspiron 6400 and using its diagnostic tools, it showed that all components are OK.

I am interested to know if it is possible that the problem is due to:
1) bad cd drive, as it is making some noises.
2) bad memory as I had installed by mistake wrong memory and fixed this once I understoof it is causing some problems.
3) bad harddisk although I had no indication so far there is some problem with it.

I wanted to ask then why linux installed with no problem and to finish this query, I have noticed it is possible to install from a USB stick (to bypass problem 1), but I dont have windows (osx and ubuntu 8.04 only), is there a way to create a bootable windows installation USB stick using a mac or linux?

Thanks and best regards,

Answer:fresh installation of windows fails to boot but linux boot with no problem

Your confusing to say the least.
The correct way to dual boot Window/Linux is to Install Windows 1st(Always) using all the drive. Then install Linux. All Linux versions will install a Boot manager so as you can then select whichever OS you desire. There are other ways but for someone like you that is the easiest.
Linux will install to a drive that Windows won't, Windows is very particular as to the disk surface, any little fault and it will refuse to install.
May I suggest you look at Puppy Linux 4.1. very, very fast and great for Wireless.

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can I dual boot my pc with windows 7 and windows 10 please?

Answer:dual booting. Can I dual boot my PC to start with

Yes and click here to see how to do it

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Hey all,

I had a problem in my dell800 laptop , which dual boot system (XP and Linux), I did use the BOOTMAGIC and it works fine untill last week.

It didnot able to boot and gave me an error message missing BOOTMaGIC .IMG , and it turns out to be boot in DE (DELL utility) programs over over again, nver let me back to ntfs window xp.

I donot have BOOTMAGIC now with me too, so doesnot know how to reinstall that.

As far as I know my system is not corrupted , may be one or two files may be. I have more valuable data and dont know have any external hard disk to back up.

I want to know how can I set the boot to ntfs and recover the system without losing datas, I am not very good in windows adminstration either.

I did tried BART PE to boot in XP , but didnot help , I could not able to see all the files in ntfs and it show me the file in FAT not in ntfs.

I dont have floppy drive for boot from floppy either, just CD drive.

I really appreciate any suggestion from the experts here.

thanks a lot....

any help ?

Answer:dual boot problem (XP and linux) Boot Magic

v2010 said:

Hey all,

I had a problem in my dell800 laptop , which dual boot system (XP and Linux), I did use the BOOTMAGIC and it works fine untill last week.

It didnot able to boot and gave me an error message missing BOOTMaGIC .IMG , and it turns out to be boot in DE (DELL utility) programs over over again, nver let me back to ntfs window xp.

I donot have BOOTMAGIC now with me too, so doesnot know how to reinstall that.

As far as I know my system is not corrupted , may be one or two files may be. I have more valuable data and dont know have any external hard disk to back up.

I want to know how can I set the boot to ntfs and recover the system without losing datas, I am not very good in windows adminstration either.

I did tried BART PE to boot in XP , but didnot help , I could not able to see all the files in ntfs and it show me the file in FAT not in ntfs.

I dont have floppy drive for boot from floppy either, just CD drive.

I really appreciate any suggestion from the experts here.

thanks a lot....

any help ?
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Hi v2010,

Welcome to TSG!

If you know whether the dual-boot scheme is implemented with the Grub boot loader there may be a way with a Linux Live CD (e.g. Ubuntu or Knoppix - do you know? Also, is the dual-boot scheme implemented on one or two disks.

The technique would be to boot up with the Live CD, let's say Ubuntu, and then use the System Administration pull-down menu selecting Disks to bring up the Disk manager. The ide... Read more

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I recently felt the urge to experiment with Linux and installed Ubuntu Mint and tried to set up dual booting.

However I seem to have only suceeded in preventing Windows booting at all. I cannot get into the recovery drive to undo my wrong doing.

How can I reset the windows boot manager without access to windows or recovery partitions?

Many thanks in advance from a frustrated fool!

Answer:Dual Boot Linux preventing Windows boot

Hi there
Try this -- although it says W7 the same mechanism works for W8 / W8.1

uninstall - Removing GRUB from windows system after uninstalling Ubuntu from Windows 7 - Ask Ubuntu


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Okay, so I'm not sure whether this should go under a Windows or a Linux section, but I figured it's more Windows-related so I'm posting it here.I was trying to partition a hard drive in Windows XP's disk management, until I realised that XP's built in tool does not let you resize partitions. I have two hard disks, a GB master and 160GB slave, and Windows is installed on the 160GB. I accidentally right clicked the 160GB in disk management and clicked "make active partition" (there was no confirmation when I clicked it, it just did it immediately). I also defragmented the hard drives.Upon the next boot, I found that it wouldn't start - it said "NTLDR is missing, press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart). Oddly enough, I inserted the XP installation disk, and when it said "press any key to boot from CD..." I did not press any keys, and I let the "boot from CD" time-out. When it did, it booted into Windows perfectly!I thought this was just a random error, so I didn't think much of it. I decided to install Linux (VectorLinux 7 SOHO) onto the 40GB partition, and it installed the GRUB boot loader (boot loader that is used by Linux). However, when I restarted to try the new OS, I still received the "NTLDR is missing" error.I popped the XP installation disk back into the CD drive, ignored the prompt, and lo and behold, the GRUB boot loader appeared and allowed me to boot into Linux! Except... for some reason, Windows wasn't on the OS list so I could only boot into Linux.If I have no disk in the ... Read more

Answer:Messed up boot loader (XP/Linux dual boot)

Check the BIOS to see that it is configured to boot of the drive with Windows installed.

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my laptop is having redhat linux OS, and i want to add windows xp.
when i keep windows xp cd to install in my laptop. first it is asking "please
press enter to boot from the cd" and then when i press enter. iam getting blank screen. i want to keep both linux and windows in my laptop. please help me if u can

Answer:windows xp booting problem on linux system

If memory serves me you need to partition the HDD into two C/D then install XP on the first partition C:\ NTFS then install Linux the second D:\Linux Format. If the boys at Linux have come up with a better way that's great.

I think VMARE and some others opensource programs can do this too.. You need to look into it at the Linux level. Or maybe someone here knows more about Linux. I am more of Windows Wired/Wireless Networking type of guy

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Question: XP/Linux Dual Boot

I have a system that has Windows XP and SUSE Linux on it. The only problem is i can not get it to boot into anything other than linux. Help please.

Answer:XP/Linux Dual Boot

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           How can I install a Linux partition on my laptop so I can use it with the UEFI that currently won't let me boot into it, even though I installed the partition already?

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hi again, i reinstalled window xp so i can getthe internet in my laptop, but i loved linux 10.2 and id like to know if there is a way that i can dual oot them , i tried doing it from the disk and use the empty partion i have and it wouldnt work, please help.thanks.

Answer:how to dual boot xp and linux 10

Have you been to the BIOS and make sure the CD drive is the first drive to boot.

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Hi - here's the situation. Computer originally had one HD (C drive)with Linux and NT4 on separate partitions. Both were accessible via LILO (which i dont know anything about, except for seeing the LILO boot loader message). I later added a second HD (D drive) with XP. Since this time, i cannot access Linux.

- the machine now loads using the boot.ini on the C drive. from there i can get to either NT4 or XP
- i read about creating a linux.bin file, but cant get into linux. i tried booting off the Red Hat CD (version 6.2) and using the Red Hat rescue mode to do so, but wasnt able to create anything valid with dd if=/dev/hda of=/mnt/floppy/linux.bin bs=512 count=1 (there are no hda partitions in the dev directory - maybe because it was using what was on the linux CD, not the hard drive?)

Basically i'd like to be able to add linux to the boot.ini and have it work, but am stuck. Any suggestions most appreciated. i can re-install Linux to the D drive, it has space, but i dont want to risk losing access to XP.. and it seems this should work, since Linux -was- there and working prior to installing XP.

This is my first post here - if it would go better in the LINUX section, please feel free to move it to there.
thanks much--

Answer:Dual boot with Linux on sep. HD

Anytime I've installed a dual boot M$ and Linux mix I've had to install Linux second and use either LILO or GRUB for boot order. What happens if you take out the new hard drive with XP on it?

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I havent yet decided which distro i am going to throw onto this machine but my question is this: I already have windows XP loaded on this machine with 3 partitions. Can i install any distro of linux i want on one of the other partitions and do a successful dual boot? Am i going to have to mess around with grub to get linux to see the XP install? If i remember correctly Red Hat was pretty good about finding other operating systems so im assuming i wont have much trouble but i just wanted to poke my head in here and find out. Thanks.

Answer:XP dual boot with Linux

I'd also consider Vmware workstation to run the Linux OS in as a virtual machine. Depends on your needs, but it's a worthwhile consideration about 80% of the time. It's a very good $189 investment.

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Intend to buy or build a W8 machine. I would like access to my XP programs and data while I gradually install the programs on the W8 platform. My thought was to move my XP HDD (I have an IDE to SATA adapter) to the W8 machine and have a dual boot capability. I have read several of the threads in this forum on this subject but all seem to involve installing XP. Can anyone comment on feasibility and any how-to details? Thanks

Answer:Dual boot XP/W8 and maybe Linux

As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI/BIOS firmware.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Help Forums
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

For more info on uEFI:
Windows and GPT FAQ
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
UEFI Firmware
Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS, Advantech(EN) - YouTube
Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart
Win XP will not install on a UEFI set up.

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Question: dual-boot Linux

I have a Lenovo laptop with Windows 10 (upgraded from Windows 8.1), and I'm considering setting it up to dual-boot Linux. I just had a look at the HD with Disk Management, and Lenovo has created 6 partitions (C, D, and 4 hidden partitions). Can I get further help here, or is this a situation where I need to go to Lenovo for advice?

Answer:dual-boot Linux

Do you need direct hardware access? If not and you just want to run Linux, you can always virtualize it. It's much simpler than worrying about bootloaders.

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Question: dual-boot Linux

I have a Lenovo laptop with Windows 10 (upgraded from Windows 8.1), and I'm considering setting it up to dual-boot Linux. I just had a look at the HD with Disk Management, and Lenovo has created 6 partitions (C, D, and 4 hidden partitions). Can I get further help here, or is this a situation where I need to go to Lenovo for advice?

Answer:dual-boot Linux

Do you need direct hardware access? If not and you just want to run Linux, you can always virtualize it. It's much simpler than worrying about bootloaders.

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Ideally I am looking for the situation where I can create a VHD from a Linux ISO, boot it, then install additional packages and change settings etc.. I'm not interested in a Live CD scenario.

I have Windows 8.0 "home" or whatever they preload on Laptops. So far the only OS ISO I have successfully booted has been Windows 2012 Server R2. Kind of unwieldy on a Laptop. I tried Windows 7 Pro x64 but it hung on Starting Windows.

So I'm thinking Linux might run a bit snappier if I can find one that does UEFI boot(with secure boot disabled) and runs from a VHD. I have installed several Linux as VMWare Player VMs. But they were too slow to use on this Laptop. If I could boot directly to VHD it might be feasible to actually use the OS. At least I would get some idea how it would work if I put it on the metal. I only have this Laptop and since GPT and all this UEFI stuff is new to me I don't want to do a real dual boot and risk hosing my system.

Answer:Dual boot Linux from VHD?


Almost all newer Linux ditros supports UEFI and SecureBoot. Simply shrink the OS partition via "Disk Management" and install Linux to the newly created empty space. I would recommend Linux Mint which is an upgrade of Ubuntu.

Main Page - Linux Mint

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I was looking to use one of my 160 WD Caviars to run Linux, and the other to run Windows XP (which i'm running now on one hd). The second hd is totally empty, nothing. How do i: a) format the second hd correctly, b) load the three portions of downloaded linux files, c) Boot into the chosen OS after the first two steps, d) not f*ck up my computer. I'm a noob at this stuff, any help would b greatly appreciated. Thanx in advance

Answer:Dual-Boot to Linux with two 160 GB Hd's, How do i?


Originally posted by csw3190
I was looking to use one of my 160 WD Caviars to run Linux, and the other to run Windows XP (which i'm running now on one hd). The second hd is totally empty, nothing. How do i: a) format the second hd correctly, b) load the three portions of downloaded linux files, c) Boot into the chosen OS after the first two steps, d) not f*ck up my computer. I'm a noob at this stuff, any help would b greatly appreciated. Thanx in advance

What Linux distribution are you trying to install?

I know with Mandrake there is no need to format the HDD beforehand as the installation process will handle that for you. Also when you say "load the three portions".. what are you talking about? If you've downloaded the 3 ISO files, you need to extract those images onto a blank CD and use them for the installation.

If you have not done so, I would also make a restoration point in XP before proceeding.

Finally, before you install your Linux distro, make sure you have all your drivers handy.

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I tried to dual boot XP and Ubuntu linux. however when I installed Linux and tried to boot, it said GRUB loading and then ERROR 21. I also can't boot into XP anymore. how do I boot into any of the operating systems?

I have two harddrives, one I think I left alone, and the other I think I put linux on, but I have absolutely no idea how I partitioned the drives.

I would like to have a small partition of 10-15 GB for linux, but I don't mind just dropping the whole linux Idea and just going with XP which is my main OS.

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1) I fear Win7 will no longer be maintained by MS once W10 starts costing $$.
2) I have both, WIN7 (no touch 64bit) and Win8 (with touch 32bit) on 2 computers. I did not like the initial W8 installation requiring a connected MS account and continuous internet connection to use computer. I don't like spies.
3) In view of this situation I am considering Ubuntu Linux version as a second O/S as dual boot.
4) I can not eliminate MS Win, too many of my works requires this MS O/S.

In what order should I do the changes? Pitfalls?
I am fairly experiences and can follow good exact instructions. I try to keep away from Registry.


5) My friend has computer W7. Can not install. Can I remotely install Win10 using Teamviewer 10?
If required I can ask this in a new thread, it makes only sense if it can be done at all.

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Is it possible to Dual Boot XP Pro & Linux?
XP already on my Laptop and thought of running Linux as well?
Whats the best way to go about it?

Answer:Dual Boot XP-Pro & Linux

a) Yes it is
b) Well, why not, good idea
c) Depends on the distro

I haven't done a dual boot for some time now but I believe most modern distros will set up a dual boot almost automatically, giving you a set of prompts to follow.

About the most user-friendly Distro right now is PC Linux OS 2007, has lots of codecs installed some others don't include. It initially installs as a Live CD as well so you can have a play with it before you load it to hard disk.

Suse 10.3 has just been released, very smooth OS but a bit bloated and you have to download stuff to enable music and movie playback.

Whatever you do, be very very careful when setting up and read everything very carefully before making a decision, cos that's the master boot record you be messin' with there.

It is probably easier if you can partition your hard disk prior to installation but most distros will let you create a partition on install.

Or you could load a Linux Distro to a seperate hard disk.

But whatever you do both OS's will be sharing the mbr so I'll repeat the part about being very careful during setup.

PS: Tell you what, I have a copy of XP set up on a hard disk atm that I was thinking of reinstalling, I'll try a dual boot with that and let you know how I get on.

But I ain't gonna do that right now, fings to do

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I have a averatec laptop that I have decided to dual boot, at least for now since it is taking so long to make everything work right. I already have fedora core 2 on it, so that means a boot, /, and swap partition. I would like to have a 10 -15 gig windows partition after the swap but dont know how to since the linux is already in place. I dont need to save anything on disk so if I have to totally erase everything thats ok. I just dont have any idea of where to start and what to do. by the way, the hdd is 40 gig. thanks for any help

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Question: linux/xp dual boot

im trying to dual boot xp and rh9. after the install i get the loader and no matter which i pick it hangs. if i do lilo i get a boot: prompt. how do i get to the shell to edit the lilo.conf file. if you know email me at [email protected]

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hey I need help. I have two physical HDDs c and d. D had two logical partitions at 40 gig each and C had 120 gig. C had win xp pro and D had mandrake and red hat.

The problem is that I needen more space and so I took off the linux os's from the D drive. I then reformated the disk as a clean ntfs drive that win could see. Now my only problem is that there is a startup screen that says mandrake linus and that still allows me to choose from the os's that are not there. This is very anoying and I can t get rid of it.

Not in boot.ini
cant find in registry
no more linux files that i can find


Answer:dual boot with linux

Sounds like you have a lilo still written in the master boot record of your hard drive.

Boot from a Windows XP CD, choose to recover instead of install. Choose the recovery console. Log onto your system in the console, and use these commands


reboot and all should be well, post back if its not.

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i am in the process of downloading redhat linux from my isp, force9. and want to install it along side my win xp pro os on a partition.i have partition magic 8 and want to make a partition just for the linux os, can i do this and what size partition will i need to run redhat, also how to i go about installing it to make my computer a dual boot system? the download will be finished after i get in from work and i eagerly await your advice.thanks

Answer:dual boot os with redhat linux and win xp

The partition size for the Red Hat depends on how many apps you intend to run on it, but as you already have the XP working for you, about 2 gb for the Linux should be sufficient. However, most Red Hat versions will not see your Windows data partitions by default and if you wish to use those you'll need to configure it to do that. Come back for advice on that when you're ready. If however you want to keep the data the Red Hat uses separately with it, you'll need to make it's partition big enough for that.Thee's also the question of the file system that you're using with the XP, NTFS or FAT 32. I don't know if Linux can see NTFS, someone else may be able to advise on that.Assuming that's not a problem, just run the Red Hat installation and choose your new second partitiion for it and it should install without problems and will provide the Boot Menu at bootup automatically.

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I have an HP dv5000t. The hard drive is 76GB total, with 9 GB used as recovery space. It has Win XP installed, and I want to install a Linux system to dual boot with it. The problem I am having is creating the partition for Linux and a FAT32 swap file. How would I do this?

I also have another question. The processor is a duo core 1.83 GHz. When I use PC Wizard it tells me that the processor is running at 980MHz. I am guessing that that is each core running at 980MHz, right?

Answer:Linux/Windows dual boot


Originally posted by scuba14c
I also have another question. The processor is a duo core 1.83 GHz. When I use PC Wizard it tells me that the processor is running at 980MHz. I am guessing that that is each core running at 980MHz, right?

Simply put, it's two processors, each 1Ghz.

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My PC broke couple days ago and, right now, my only option is to format and install everything from scratch.

Couple month ago I downloaded Fedora Linux. It sounded like a good startup for newbies that have never ran Linux before. So I did... Unfortunetely, something went wrong and I had to format my HD.

Right now, since I don't have anything to lose, I'd like to install [Fedora] Linux on my PC with Windows XP Home. Here are couple questions that I have:

1. Which one should I install first? Linux or Windows?

2. Can [Fedora] Linux access NTFS partitions?

3. Is it safe to install both on the same HD?

4. Anything else that I should know before doing this?

Thanks. I'm not a complete n00b to PCs... Just to Linux

Here's my PC:

-No operating system-
Albatron K8X800 Pro 2 with 1.06a BIOS motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (ClawHammer)
1024 MB DDRAM (512MB of 3200 and 512MB of 2700)
Gigabyte NVIDIA 6800 128MB DDRAM OC 360MHz proc 730MHz mem
Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM Hard Drive w/8 MB cache
350 Watt Power Supply
5 case fans / runs cool

Answer:Windows and Linux dual boot


Originally posted by Krogen

1. Which one should I install first? Linux or Windows?

2. Can [Fedora] Linux access NTFS partitions?

3. Is it safe to install both on the same HD?

4. Anything else that I should know before doing this?

1: I'd PERSONALLY install Windows first, if you're planning to use BOTH.
2: I believe so.
3: It is safe to install both, but seperate partitions, make sure there's enough room for both, though.
4: Have fun

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