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    Sextruple-boot (6 OS's) question...


    Concerning *nix distros:
    Debian
    LunarLinux
    FreeBSD

    Debian likes GRUB. Lunar likes LILO. And FreeBSD is a thorn in my side. They all seem to screw with my Windows' (XP, Vista, and even MS-DOS) boot configuration. While I can add these non-*nix OS's to the menu of both GRUB and LILO, Windows' boot especially tends to be corrupted.

    Main priority is XP's stability, seeing that I am a complete *nix noob. All OS's are located in a designated partition on my physical drive.

    Generally speaking, could I install these and by-pass there inclusion in the MBR, then later use WinGRUB to configure proper boot listing?

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    A six-way boot? Even dual-boot systems annoy me. (Because I realistically am only going to use one OS on one machine - that's just me.)

    If the stability of XP is your primary concern, maybe you should consider getting a test box to put these complex configurations on. That'll allow you to break, fix, and re-break your system until you're satisfied with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anomie
    A six-way boot? Even dual-boot systems annoy me. (Because I realistically am only going to use one OS on one machine - that's just me.)

    If the stability of XP is your primary concern, maybe you should consider getting a test box to put these complex configurations on. That'll allow you to break, fix, and re-break your system until you're satisfied with it.
    Something, I have also considered.

    My drive is 120GB, and I'm sure I'll only use a max of 50GB. Figured I could geek it out in order to expand my mental horizons.

    Maybe I'll buy a smaller portable disk drive to use exclusively as a 'i know what I am doing' drive. Either way, I would still like to know how to get around this mess. Thanks for your reply.

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    * install Boot Loader ( GRUB or Lilo ) in the root partition of each distro.
    * create images of first sector of all root partitions and save in C:/ drive of Windows.
    * add entries in boot.ini file.

    you can use BootPart to do all this stuff. check this link.







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