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    Windows before linux,or vice versa?


    Just curious,is it always necessary that you have to install windows before installing linux?Or can we install linux and then Windows?And even though it has not yet happened with me, I have heard that if windows crashes in a box where linux is there you donot see the bootloader.Is it true?If true,any workarounds?My distro is redhat 9.0.

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    The easiest way is Windows first and then Linux, you don't see the bootloader if you try to install windows after linux because win always overwrite the MBR where the bootloader is.
    If your MBR is overwrote you can always use a LiveCD to reinstall GRUB but it may be tricky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hound_baskerville
    Just curious,is it always necessary that you have to install windows before installing linux?Or can we install linux and then Windows?And even though it has not yet happened with me, I have heard that if windows crashes in a box where linux is there you donot see the bootloader.Is it true?If true,any workarounds?My distro is redhat 9.0.
    installing windows after Linux is very tricky and a bit complicated. Windows needs primary partition and 'as mentioned by Juan Pablo', it overwrite MBR and erase boot loader from it. some older BIOS follow 1024 cylinders limit. you can't install bootable system ( Windows ) over that limit.

    in case of Linux, it doesn't care about partition type..... .... install it in a free/unpartitioned space. dual boot is default. nothing to change in Boot Loader section. installer will detect windows and add it in Boot Loader.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Hound_baskerville
    I have heard that if windows crashes in a box where linux is there you donot see the bootloader.Is it true?If true,any workarounds?
    I don't think this is true. The bootloader is on the MBR, which is well separated from the operating systems. If one of them stops working, the bootloader will still start, so you can choose the operating system that works.
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