Moving from Linux to XP

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Scooter, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. Scooter

    Scooter Random Apple Dude

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    Ok. Heres the deal.

    I have a rrreealllyy old-ish machine (3 .. 4 years old). Presently I have the latest version of Ubuntu Linux on it.

    I have a WinXP Pro CD for installing.

    How do I make the move? I've tried holding down F5 / 6 / 8 / 11 on boot, but it always goes into Linux. :rolleyes:

    Thanks
    Scooter
     
  2. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    First, you need to make sure that the CD-ROM drive is first in the boot priority list in the BIOS settings. You'll need to get into the BIOS to check this (the key depends on the specific BIOS you're using...it could be DEL, F1, F2 etc...it should show up as soon as you power on)

    It seems like the hard disk has higher precedence than the CD drive right now. Move the CD drive higher up in the list, save the changes in the BIOS and reboot with the XP CD in the drive. Once the setup process starts, you can use the built-in tool to format the partition that currently holds Ubuntu.
     
  3. Scooter

    Scooter Random Apple Dude

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    edit - the computer has now totally died. as such i thankyou (all?) for your time but your help will no longer be required.

    R.I.H you Windows scum sucking ass machine :dead: :rolleyes:
     
  4. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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  5. sean.ferguson

    sean.ferguson Moderator Folding Team

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    its amazing what half an hour can do :s
     
  6. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    I think it was computercide. He new threatening a lifelong linux box with XP could be fatal. He should have had a paramedic team standing by.
     
  7. FreeWilly

    FreeWilly OSNN Senior In Progress

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    Hey I wuz juz wondering....

    I dont know if this thing I read was old skool and
    now its changed but i remember reading somewhere
    that in order to have windows and linux running
    on the same machine, u have to install
    windows first and then linux.

    Or was it that we had to have two partitions
    and the first had to be windows? In order
    to have a dual boot the first had to be
    FAT? Did I just confuse myself?

    Err...anyone?
     
  8. marooned

    marooned OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Windows has to installed first, it's very possessive over theMBR. The filesystem type is meaningless beyond that. I haveNTFS for WinXP and ext3 for my linux partitions on this box.
     
  9. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    No, you do not need a seperate boot partition that is FAT32, nor do you have to install linux second. If Windows overwrites the MBR, you can use a live CD to either rerun lilo [or grub] and have it overwrite the MBR, and boot Windows via lilo, or use the live CD to install lilo onto your linux partition and use the NT loader to load linux.
     
  10. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    True ^^
    People just recommend installing Windows first and Linux second so that you can avoid having to use a LiveCD to overwrite the MBR for the second time.
     
  11. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    I constantly see this, so it must be true, but in my experience, I've always had to use fixmbr or fdisk /mbr to rewrite the MBR after installing Windows over a linux install.
     
  12. suicide_pact

    suicide_pact ---pro a.v. geek

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    Well look at it this way, it's the most secure windows system ever.