[LAU] [ot] a little help with bootloaders...

Arnold Krille arnold at arnoldarts.de
Thu Aug 20 05:29:36 EDT 2009


On Thursday 20 August 2009 10:47:56 Julien Claassen wrote:
>    I'm having a bit of a worry over an istallation: I have a computer with
> a windows on the first partition, unfortuintely it must remain there. Then
> on the space behind it I want to install my Linux. How should I go about
> bootloaders?
>    I could install grub in the MBR right up front, but then I should take
> care of win's bootloader, in any case win is known to simply overwrite
> another bootloader, if it feels like updating. Wouldn't really want to risk
> it. Is there a way to put grub at the start of the Linux partition and make
> it known to win, tat there's another bootloader sitting there, waiting to
> be started? Kindest regards and THANKS!

If you can convince win that the linux partition is a valid partition that can 
be booted from, then you are fine. My expirience tells me that windows just 
sees an unknown partition (they don't even know about the linux partition 
types) and all they offer is to format them...

If you don't want to go the mbr-way, you can use an usb-stick to boot your 
linux (and without windows would be booted). Or a good old boot-disk in 
Or if you have two hard-disks, install the linux-bootloader on the second one, 
make that the default and add the windows-entry booting from the first hd.

Have fun,

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