Dual boot windows xp with linux mint

July 18, 2010 at 14:45:33
Specs: Linux Mint 8
I got a computer with linux mint 8 as the os, but i don't have the boot disk with it. Every article I read about removing it says I need the disk, i don't have the disk, nor a burner to make one.
Having never used this os, I'm really confused about partitions and what nots. So I tried to see if I could dual boot, but none of the articles say anything about dual booting xp over mint, they all specify installing mint after the xp installation.

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July 18, 2010 at 15:35:16
You don't need any disk.

If you want to remove it there are a few things that you need to know about. One is how it boots and selects the OS's. Usually mint puts what is called grub. You can leave it if you want or put MS's boot loader.
Second is how OS's are installed. Usually mint is installed on a partition. Use disk manager in XP to see if there is more than one partition. C drive ought to be shown first.

Lastly is mint has a unique way to install. It can install to a file on xp. So if you can't find any extra partition then all you have to do is delete the file.

Repost this on linux forums if you want too.

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July 18, 2010 at 15:41:31
For this tutorial you will need a Linux live cd, the one mentioned in the link below is the Ubuntu Linux cd. It can be downloaded and burned or mailed to you by Canonicals free of any charge. Linux distros are also available on cd from various on-line sellers extremely cheap, don't know your locale but here's one in the USA offering Linux for a pittance. http://www.osdisc.com/cgi-bin/view....

A tutorial on installing Windows after Linux is to be found here http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_... and Google finds many more.

As with all major changes backup your critical files before starting to re-partition.

Good luck.

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