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SMH
02-14-2004, 03:13 AM
Hi,

I'm running a dual-boot configuration, with Win2K and WinXP Pro, each installed in it's own HDD. I want to format the WinXP HDD and reinstall that OS. The last time I did that, I was forced to reinstall Win2K as well. Is there a way to avoid this hassle? Can I preserve my W2K install?

Many Thanks,

SMH

Garma
02-14-2004, 11:45 AM
you can install windows xp as usual. you won't be able to boot windows 2K but it will be still there. With partition magic you can reconfigure the mbr (the hd section that controls access to partitions) and you will be able to login to w2k again.

another option is to install linux on a small partition (500 mb is enough). linux has LILO, a bootmanager that automatically detects your operating systems, and that way you will also be able to access w2k again. of course, always install linux last to prevent wxp to overwrite the mbr sector.

whallz
02-14-2004, 06:19 PM
I echo what Garma said. Use Partition Magic 8 or Lilo.

Jb5k1
02-14-2004, 09:20 PM
o and if u hadn't known, alotta linux os's are free on linuxiso.org i think?

search google

SMH
02-15-2004, 12:57 AM
Thank you all for answering my thread. So I need to pay Symantech another 50 bucks to clear up this mess? Hey who said M$ was bad for the industry?!!

Anyway let's look at the alternative. Which free penguin..err Linux distribution would you adopt? I'm leaning towards Mandrake 9.2. Did I make a good choice? Do you have any suggestions for me in this regard?


Thanks,

-SMH

quinox
02-15-2004, 01:13 AM
reinstall XP, press windowskeys+break, goto the page "advanced", hit the "startup settings button" and you can set the dual boot options there

Jb5k1
02-15-2004, 03:53 AM
Originally posted by quinox
reinstall XP, press windowskeys+break, goto the page "advanced", hit the "startup settings button" and you can set the dual boot options there

didn't kno that

what versions does that work with, old new??

all?

i have mandrake, kinda toyish ... dont use it much

i also have suse, but i've never installed it

beats the $90 they want for it in bestbuy

Garma
02-16-2004, 08:20 AM
Originally posted by quinox
reinstall XP, press windowskeys+break, goto the page "advanced", hit the "startup settings button" and you can set the dual boot options there

doesn't work for me.. guess it depends on your windows version and service packs?

partition magic is gonna cost you money, the linux option is free of course.

why do you want wxp and w2k next to each other anyway? wxp is just an extention of w2k, the core is exactly the same. to get w2k without the slowing down gui stuff simply select the old windows theme

schmu_20mol
02-16-2004, 11:16 AM
Originally posted by SMH
T Anyway let's look at the alternative. Which free penguin..err Linux distribution would you adopt? I'm leaning towards Mandrake 9.2. Did I make a good choice? Do you have any suggestions for me in this regard?-SMH

distrowatch - a list of linux distros (http://distrowatch.com/)

choose the linux you think that best fits for you.. I have had RH9 for a long time and it was pretty ok ... now I'm running Fedore Core 1 and I really like it... but that's all depending on what you want to do with it... you can't do anything wrong when you choose a distro - you just can make some things a bit more of a hassle ... for the beginning I'd suggest that you don't choose a distro you need to compile for yourself...

as for bootloaders...
LILO (http://freshmeat.net/projects/lilo/)
GRUB (http://freshmeat.net/projects/gnugrub/)

Garma
02-16-2004, 11:36 AM
check out this thread for a huge discussion about artist using linux

http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=100609&highlight=linux+experience

If you don't plan to use linux other than for the bootloader go fo the easiest install which is probably Suse.

you can download them all here:

http://www.linuxiso.org

in most cases you need just the first cd.

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