[techtalk] dual boot NT/linux

Kristin Ziel zoop at scc.net
Mon Nov 8 11:04:08 EST 1999

Hi all--

question about the NT/Linux dual boot...at one point, I had 95, NT and
linux installed, and booting just fine from one harddrive.  They were
installed in that order also.

When I decided to clean some house and get rid of 95, and go with NT, and
then added linux...it screwed up my NT partitions EVERYTIME...and believe
me..I was not a happy woman at this point.  This turned out well, as it
was my final straw with windows wanting to be "The Lone OS" <insert lone
ranger music here> and so I am now linux only (YAY!)

I have heard that it doesn't work but is there a technical explanation
that I could get detailing why exactly?


> Nt is the bear here.  Basically, you want to do '98 first, then Linux, then
> install an NT-friendly boot manager like System Commander, and *then*
> install NT.  Since NT wants it's OS loader in the MBR, you really need to
> follow the instructions that come with System Commander for NT.
> I've had as many as seven OSes on one machine (all of the above, plus DOS,
> OS/2 Warp 4.0, OS/2 2.1, and Solaris).  It can be done, and it can be made
> to look pretty in the end, but setting it up takes work and knowing what
> each OS wants.
> FWIW, my home machines now have just one OS:  Linux  :)
> Good luck!
> Caity
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