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

nescivi nescivi at gmail.com
Sun Aug 23 23:39:18 EDT 2009

On Thursday 20 August 2009 08:54:33 TheOther wrote:
> Julien Claassen wrote:
> > Hello!
> >    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!
> >                Julien
> Hello Julien,
> You didn't say which version of Windows you're running.  With Win95
> and Windows NT, I had no trouble installing Linux with GRUB using the
> Master Boot Record (MBR).  As has been said before, install Windows
> first and Linux second.
> But when I got my laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed, this did
> not work.  After Linux was installed, Vista would not boot.  I did a
> Vista reinstall and forgot about Linux on that machine.

Maybe you didn't resize the NTFS partition properly?
You have to repartition with an external tool (I usually use the RIP live 
distro for this), that takes care of resizing the NTFS partition properly.
I think this works best when it's brand new, so all the data on the NTFS 
partition is at the start, so you don't loose anything when resizing.

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