a while back i had 4 operating systems installed on my system....
c: win 98
f:linux mandrake 8.1
Linux was installed last and it automatically added the "lilo" boot menu to the boot sector. In other words, when the computer booted, the LILO screen showed up with a selection to either boot to Linux or Windows. If you selected Linux, it booted directly to Linux. If you selected Windows, the Windows boot loader program that we are all so familiar with would show up with my choice of going to either 98, 2000 or XP. Hope this helps. Good Luck!!
It's not possible to boot Linux Mandrake or any other distribution with the XP boot manager, but when you install Linux Mandrake 8.2 it will automatically add XP or any other Windows/DOS system to the LILO (Linux Loader) boot manager.
But let me tell you something... Mandrake is one of the slowest and most windows cloned Linux distributions and therefore it's rather useless to have it installed. If you want to use Linux in addition to Win XP try Slackware or RedHat.
I am in fact running Redhat 7.1 and Windows XP with XP bootloader. I did it in 2000 also. I am using two hard drives and on my 40 gig I loaded XP and on my other one I loaded Linux, I did not put LILO on the MBR and made a startup disk for linux, I had to restart linux with the startup disk and then copied the bootsect.lnx file to C:\ and edited the boot.ini file with this:
c:\bootsect.lnx= "Linux". Boom, windows now asks which OS I want to boot, XP or Linux. It gives me 30 seconds to pick but I changed that to 10 seconds.
maybe it is impossible.