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Using NT Loader WITHOUT installing NT

grosbill
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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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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
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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?

vx

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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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