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

Antanas Budriūnas antanasb at gmail.com
Mon Aug 24 03:39:48 EDT 2009

Hi Julien,

2009/8/24 nescivi <nescivi at gmail.com>:
> 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.

I had success many times resizing Windows XP and Vista partitions with
GParted using Ubuntu LiveCD or USB stick (made using Unetbootin from
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net). Use manual partitioning only!

Antanas Budriūnas

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