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    Dual boot XP and Ubuntu

    Is it possible to install XP after installing Ubuntu?

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    Re: Dual boot XP and Ubuntu

    Yes, you just have to be careful... Windows has this desire to nuke your entire drive during install. Also, assuming you're using Ubuntu 9.10.. You'll want to make sure you have a current Ubuntu Live CD, so you can restore your Boot loader....

    ANother thing you can try(note, I've never tried this), assuming you put Windows right back on the same partition, and all goes OK... is use MBRFix, to back up your current MBR... save the image to an external source, reinstall Windows, boot Windows, and restore the MBRFix image...

    http://www.sysint.no/nedlasting/mbrfix.htm

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    Re: Dual boot XP and Ubuntu

    http://http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_linux_and_windows_xp_linux_instal led_first.htm

    if it helps , a little old in the linux issue but i should think too different
    yes i'm a nood



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    Re: Dual boot XP and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by IndyGUnFreak View Post
    Yes, you just have to be careful... Windows has this desire to nuke your entire drive during install. Also, assuming you're using Ubuntu 9.10.. You'll want to make sure you have a current Ubuntu Live CD, so you can restore your Boot loader....

    ANother thing you can try(note, I've never tried this), assuming you put Windows right back on the same partition, and all goes OK... is use MBRFix, to back up your current MBR... save the image to an external source, reinstall Windows, boot Windows, and restore the MBRFix image...

    http://www.sysint.no/nedlasting/mbrfix.htm

    IGF
    If my bootloader gets busted, how do i restore it from the live cd?

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    Re: Dual boot XP and Ubuntu

    If you have grub2 which should be the case unless you upgraded without installing, step 11.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2#Upgrading

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    Re: Dual boot XP and Ubuntu

    Nevermind.. see below.
    Last edited by IndyGunFreak; April 17th, 2010 at 08:49 AM.
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    Re: Dual boot XP and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by IndyGUnFreak View Post
    Edit: If you reinstall Windows, its not "IF" your boot loader will get busted, there's about a 98% chance it will, unless you've done some advanced setup/partitions when you installed Ubuntu. Follow the below, or like I said, try the MBR Fix tool I listed above...

    Assuming Ubuntu 9.10 and below...

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GrubHowto

    Here's the relevant section:
    This is for grub legacy which is okay if that is what you have. Karmic came with Grub2, or at least immediately upgrades to it unless you stop it.

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    Re: Dual boot XP and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by wilee-nilee View Post
    This is for grub legacy which is okay if that is what you have. Karmic came with Grub2.
    Did it?.. Wow, my mistake, i was thinking it still had Grub 1...

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    Re: Dual boot XP and Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by IndyGUnFreak View Post
    Did it?.. Wow, my mistake, i was thinking it still had Grub 1...

    IGF
    It is good for the OP to have all the info possible, it's all good.

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    Re: Dual boot XP and Ubuntu

    This is explained in detail in pages 139-140 of the Ubuntu Manual.
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    "...Deep Hack Mode--that mysterious and frightening state of consciousness where Mortal Users fear to tread."

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