Using NT Loader WITHOUT installing NT

I installed both Linux and Win98 on my system. I would like to use NT Loader (not lilo or a boot disk) to choose which OS to boot at startup (I already know how to boot to Linux from the NT Loader). Can I start installing WinNT and cancel WinNT setup once NT Loader setup is done?
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bentenConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I don't think "fdisk /mbr" will not do what you want.

Try that process again but after you "sys c:" from a win98 boot floppy copy the boot sector to
the "bootsect.dos" file.  The NT loader uses the bootsector so it needs the original one in a file.

To copy the boot sector you will need Linux "dd" (could be hard to boot though without the loader working after the "sys") or win98 "debug".  I assume you know how to use "dd" from your earlier comments.

For "debug":

From DOS (a win98 DOS window should be fine), type:

l100 2 0 1

This will save the boot sector to a file called bootsect.dos
grosbillAuthor Commented:
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You should begin installing NT to your computer and when it finishes copying files (I believe that's when the automated sequence stops), abort the installation. Edit C:\BOOT.INI and reboot.

Good luck
grosbillAuthor Commented:
All right! The stuff worked out well, thanxs!

I launched WinNT setup and rebooted when prompted before the setup by itself.
Then I deleted all WinNT files except c:\boot.ini, c:\ntldr and c:\bootsect.dos.
I also edited the boot.ini to point to my Linux kernel image.
That works...

I have an extra question:

It must be possible to install NT Loader whithout running the NT setup only by copying
boot.ini, ntldr and bootsect.dos to c:\ and by modifying the master boot record (MBR)
and/or the partition boot sector (PBS) using the "dd if=... of=... bs=512 count=1"
command under Linux...

So I tried to setup ntldr once more by erasing the files and running "sys c:" from
a bootdisk so as to reset the MBR and the PBS after their backup under Linux.

Then I restored the Nt's PBS (it looks like the MBR needs not change) and copied
ntldr and boot.ini to c:\. But I lost bootsect.dos (argggg!) and I am now able to boot
under Linux but it seems like the bootsect.dos I use is not valid (I copied the dos PBS
to c:\bootsect.dos) and Windows 98 no longer starts...

Have you got any idea of what is to be done with the MBR and the PBS to setup
NT Loader once again?

Perhaps you should boot from a boot disk and run fdisk /mbr. I'm not sure, but it just could do the job.

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