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Reinstalling xp on a multi boot system.


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#1 666philb

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 09:43 AM

Not sure if this is the right place!

I have a multiboot system, comprising of a few flavours of linux, windows xp and windows 7 and it's all set to boot from the grub boot loader..... Well almost! If i want to load XP or 7 there is just a single windows entry in grub, this then takes me to the Windows 7 boot loader where i can choose Windows 7 or an older version of windows i.e. XP.

I would like now though to do a fresh install of Windows XP, and i presume that if i do, the Windows 7 boot loader will be wiped? If so, wil it be possible to reinstall the loader?

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:24 AM

Relevant Links

My experience (dual-boot XP and Win 7) is that trying to do a clean install of XP (minus any other drive reflecting a different O/S) resulted in an XP install resulted in an XP install that booted properly. If I then had wanted to reestablish my dual-boot, I would have had to do a reinstall of Win 7, to make it bootable again and make the XP boot.ini subordinate to the Vista/Win 7 bootloader.

One of the links listed above may offer an easier, more reliable way.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:50 AM

Thanks Louis,

Looked at a few links (note to self...google is my friend :whistle: ), and it is possible to reinstall the window 7 boot loader after installing XP, without having to do a complete fresh install of 7.....Phew!!!

For anyone else, instructions here.....
http://webtrickz.com/how-to-install-windows-xp-over-windows-7-in-a-dual-boot/

cheers

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 11:02 AM

http://www.vistabootpro.org/

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 11:54 AM

Both links appreciated :).

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