how to dual boot fedora and winxp

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  1. vickyorkut

    vickyorkut New Member

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    Hello! my name is vicky :cool:
    Can any body help how to dual boot :rolleyes: windows xp pro sp3 and fedora
    in a hardisk:confused:

    Thanks in advance:D to you :p
     
  2. ha14

    ha14 Experienced Member

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    Hi
    GAG (initials, in spanish, of Graphical Boot Manager) is a Boot Manager program. It's loaded when the computer is turned on and allows you to choose the operating system you want to use.

    If you need to have a system dual boot, being this ones Microsoft, Linux or xBSD you can use GAG, which is a graphical easy to use, easy to install boot loader.

    It can work from the Hard Disk or Diskette.

    This software installs on the 32 KB of the boot sector, when used with Linux it needs you to install Lilo or Grub on the first sector of the Linux partition.

    It can later boot a system from Hard Disk up to 4 TByte and even from USB sticks.


    Its main features are:

    ---Allows boot of up to 9 different operating systems.
    ---It can boot operating systems installed in primary and extended partitions on any available hard disk.
    ---Can be installed from nearly all operating systems.
    ---GAG doesn't need its own partition. It installs itself in the first track of the hard disk, wich is reserved for these kinds of programs. It can also be instaled on a floppy disk, without using the hard disk.
    ---It has a timer to boot a default operating system (selectable by the user).
    ---The configuration menu can be protected with a password.
    ---The program works in graphic mode (needs a VGA or better graphic card), and has a lot of icons.
    Hides the primary partitions which allows the user to have instaled more than one DOS and/or Windows in the same hard disk.
    ---Allows a password to be put on each operating system, denying access to non-authorized people.
    ---Allows the boot manager text to be translated to all languages.
    ---Can exchange disk drives, allowing to boot from the second, third... hard disk operating systems such as MS-DOS.
    ---Has the SafeBoot system, that allows to boot your hard disk even if GAG is accidentally overwrited.
    ---Supports a great variety of keyboards (QWERTY, AZERTY, QWERTZ and DVORAK keyboards).
    ---Fully support for hard disks up to 4 terabytes (4096 gigabytes).
    ---Full version and free software (distributed under GPL licence, with source code)

    Version 4.10
    ---Added new windows icon.
    ---Added more security tests.
    ---Fixed some sentences in english translation.

    http://gag.sourceforge.net/

    There is no issue with installing windows after linux. Just that windows will over write the mbr with its own boot manager and remove grub.Install windows as you would normally do and then use the fedora cd/dvd and boot with it into rescue mode. Once there, just run the command

    grub-install /dev/sda assuming that you want to install grub in sda drive

    There is also the forum for more info at
    http://fedoraforum.org/
     

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  3. Sai Charan

    Sai Charan Notable Member

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  4. hellnoire

    hellnoire *nix Technical Support

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    I agree with Sai, backup your data then install. I'm also a diehard Ubuntu user myself. Does everything I need it to and more.
     
  5. blackrose

    blackrose Notable Member

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    I think fedora load GRUB Boot loader, and you should be able to configure boot option in /etc/grub.conf Permanently

    You can also configure it from grub when it loads (temporarly).

    When install Linux as other users have said that you need to backup your data before starting Installation. This to prevent data loss as Linux partition is of ext3 which is entirely different from Windows

    Here is a good guide on Fedore and Xp Dual Boot
     

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