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Shame on me that I should want WinXP32 too. But alas, there are some things that I need where wine isn't quite up to the mark yet, and that's not ...
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- 07-14-2006 #1
- Join Date
- Jul 2006
Installing Windows on a Linux PC (dual boot)
Shame on me that I should want WinXP32 too. But alas, there are some things that I need where wine isn't quite up to the mark yet, and that's not open source so I can't use Linux (no native Linux version).
Anyway: does anybody know the ease of installing windows on an existing linux PC ? I use kubuntu. Not sure exactly of my file system, but it's not NTFS. Will windows want to wipe my disk before the install ?
I guess what I need to do is to defrag my linux disk, then partition it so that one partition can be ntfs. Any clues for some good software to help me here ?
Thanks vm for the help
- 07-14-2006 #2
- 07-14-2006 #3
The only trouble you may have is the bootloader. Windows will overwrite the MBR (where the bootloader is) so you will have to reinstall grub or lilo. I also recommend the gparted live CD for partitioning, just resize your linux partition to make space for windows and thats it. The hardest part will be getting the linux bootloader back. If you use a regular windows disk then installation will be no problem, just select the NTFS partition you made and press install. if it is an OEM recovery disk then it will try to wipe the disk.Registered GNU/Linux User #399198
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- 07-14-2006 #4
- Join Date
- May 2004
- arch linux
Here's a HowTo for restoring GRUB to the MBR, and for making a GRUB boot floppy:
- 07-15-2006 #5
- 07-17-2006 #6
I used to dual boot, but it became very inconvenient and tedious to switch back and forth. So I bought VMware Workstation hosted on Linux. Now I run GNU/Linux and a real, licenced copy of WindowsXP in a window.
Someday Wine will be good enough that I can give VMware and WindowsXP a rest, but for now I use Wine when I can and Windows in VMware when I must.