Win XP to boot Linux

Posted on 2004-04-11
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
I have in my MASTER disc Windows XP SP1, in a NTFS partition. Recently I installed Linux Fedora Core 1 in a 10GB disc SLAVE. My idea is Windows XP to be my main OS, reason why I did not installed GRUB on the MASTER Disc.

My idea is to edit the BOOT.INI of Windows XP to have the possibility of choosing between the OS to boot. I've tried to do it with BootPart without success. I do not understand which partition to choose, nor how to configure it.

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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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What does (run this in XP)
bootpart /?

Did you install Grub on the Linux partition?

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hmm if you want to do

"to have the possibility of choosing between the OS to boot"

it can very well be done by installing LILO or GRUB and then setting windows XP as the default so if you dont select anything it boots into windows.

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ID: 10803624
Some BIOSes  have a boot keystroke option (F8 on mine) Which will allow you to choose which device to boot from...

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owensleftfoot has already suggested the best way of getting it to work. Couple of notes:

1. Easier way of copying the file across: Use explore2fs to access the linux partitions from within windows and copy the file straight across (use google to find the download) - saves messing around with floppies.

2. If you change the linux bootloader at all (esp for lilo), you should really re-run the process to get a fresh bootsect.lnx file (eg you change your root partition, you reinstall/upgrade linux, etc, etc).

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Suggest points go to owensleftfoot - he gave a link to the exact solution.
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Works for me.

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