Any way to get to grub.conf from XP?

Adam Alves adam_oa at
Sat Jun 9 15:28:58 UTC 2007

Arch Willingham escreveu:
> Thanks a million!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: fedora-list-bounces at on behalf of Tony Nelson
> Sent: Thu 6/7/2007 9:06 PM
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> Subject: Re: Any way to get to grub.conf from XP?
> At 7:00 PM -0400 6/7/07, Arch Willingham wrote:
>> I have a machine that I need to be able to dual boot between XP and FC7.
>> It dual boots just fine but I need to be able to work on it remotely. When
>> it is running FC7, I can remotely set default=1 in grub.conf, reboot and
>> it is then running XP. The problem is the other way around, while I can
>> remotely control XP, once I am in XP, I have no way of getting to
>> grub.conf so that I can then set default=0.
>> Does that make sense?
> Yes.  I think access to grub.conf from XP will require EXT2/3 drivers for
> XP.  I haven't used them.
> What I do is boot with the regular NT boot loader, with an entry in
> boot.ini to run a copy of the grub bootsector on the MSWindows boot volume
> (C:).  That just runs grub the regular way.  Booting takes a few seconds
> longer unless I press RETURN 3 times, once for NTLDR, and twice for grub.
> The thing I sometimes forget is to update the boot sector copy when grub is
> updated or re-installed, as the boot sector points to the disk blocks for
> grub stage 2.
When I had windows, I used to put /boot in a vfat partition. Then I 
could change the files whenever I wanted in both OS.
But I advise you to maintain the /boot partition because yum doesn't 
function very well in vfat partitions. You should copy the kernel 
manually everytime it is updated then.

Adam Alves

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