Linux and xp
covracer at gmail.com
Thu Dec 29 23:27:15 UTC 2005
> Is there a way to have fedora core and windows xp installed on the same
Yes, you just need to partition the hard drive(s) properly.
> Could you please help me with this? What shall I install first for
> Can you give me some guidelines on how this should be done?
While you can install either operating system first, much of what I
read when I was asking the same question recommended that Windows be
installed first. I've done it the other way around and the only issue
that pops up is a useless entry in the Windows bootloader to try to
boot the foreign operating system it detects. You can safely delete
C:\boot.ini to get rid of that junk. If you do install Windows first,
you will need to boot into linux (via a bootable cd or floppy) and run
the grub installation again. This might not be well documented for
Fedora but it's part of the standard Gentoo installation procedure 
(the instructions should work on most *nix systems).
As for special considerations when installing two operatings systems,
just make sure you know which operating system belongs on which
partition. I recommend using hda1 (*nix) a.k.a. C: (Windows) a.k.a.
hd0,0 (Grub) as your main Windows partition. Mistaking partitions
during the second installation could result in reformatting all the
work you put into the previous installation.
> I also need to know how I shall invoke the xp installation without
> booting from the cd.
Windows XP can be installed from a set of bootable floppies, but you
still need a cdrom drive--you're just not booting from it . If you
have a cdrom drive and just can't boot to it, a multitude of linux
floppies exist that you could boot from and probably consequently
start the Fedora cd from.
I hope all this helped. Good luck!
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