can i install XP, Win2K8 & linux in same pc?

January 17, 2011 at 05:08:50
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB
i have windows xp in my pc and i installed windows server 2008 and after installing 2008 server i am unable to boot windows xp.but again i repaired and did fixboot and fixmbr and after doing this i am unable to boot windows 2008.is there any solution to boot from both os ?.if there are multiple os then we will get one boot menu where it asks to boot from which os so can we get it ?.and also i want to install linux in my pc.so can we boot xp,2008 and linux in same pc ?.it will show multiple os boot menu or not ?.kindly sugest any sollution please

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#1
January 17, 2011 at 07:10:37
You can use virtual pc and install server 2008 on that. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vi...

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#2
January 17, 2011 at 07:31:31
i am unable to get that link which u had given to me

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#3
January 17, 2011 at 07:32:24
but without virtualization we can't install multiple os ?

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#4
January 17, 2011 at 07:34:33
The hard drive should be prepared with at least 3 separate partitions. Since XP was installed 1st, you should have booted into XP, popped in the Server 2008 disk, then directed it to install into the 2nd partition. This would have automatically created a dual boot menu at startup. Apparently you booted off the Server disk & ran the install outside of XP?

Try using Easy BCD to repair the boot loader:

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1


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#6
January 17, 2011 at 07:40:33
hi mike i installed xp in c drive n created seperate partition for win 2008 but after installing 2008 im unable to boot xp.its not showing the menu which we will get when we have multiple os.and also i left unallocated space for linux.so tell me how to install xp n then 2008 n then linux

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#7
January 17, 2011 at 07:41:19
virtual pc 2007 this allows you to install any OS using the disc or iso, can be loaded at anytime. on one of our clients server they have their main terminal server with 4 virtual servers.

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#8
January 17, 2011 at 08:06:43
helo mike how to use this bcd ?.wats d use of it ?

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#9
January 17, 2011 at 08:10:25
Yes, you can install those 3 OSs in 3 separate partitions. The easiest way to manage the boot process is to use EasyBCD, as mickliq mentioned. This lets you easily control the boot menu from 2008. So, install all 3 OSs, set 2008 to boot (do a repair install if necessary) then download and run EasyBCD to set up the boot menu.

When you install Linux, make sure that you tell it to put the boot loader on the partition, not on the MBR.


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#10
January 17, 2011 at 08:15:17
"i installed xp in c drive n created seperate partition for win 2008 but after installing 2008 im unable to boot xp"

I understand that. It's because of the way you installed 2008. Just use EasyBCD to fix it. Here's the documentation:

http://neosmart.net/wiki/download/a...


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#11
January 17, 2011 at 09:25:43
i dont know how to use dat bcd software.can u tel me in detail dat 1st i have 2 install which os ?.xp or 2008 or linux.i know dat we have 2 install 1st lower version den newer version.so after instaling xp i have 2 install win 2008 n den linux or wat ?.pls tel me d procedure.how 2 create partitions.i already have win xp in my pc n one drive.means xp in c n in d drive 2 strore data n other hard disk is unallocated.my hard disk size is 160GB.i created 20GB for xp and 41GB to store data.and rest of the size is unallocated space so tell me wat 2 do now ?.i have 2 install xp freshly or wat ?.or tel me wid dat unallocated space wat i have to do.see already i installed win 2008 over xp but im not geting xp.its directly booting win 2008.and please tel me how 2 use dat bcd software.pls mail me the total procedure bhaskar.atp.007@gmail.com

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#12
January 17, 2011 at 09:32:59
pooped in the server 2008 disk means ?.

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#13
January 17, 2011 at 11:50:09
"pooped in the server 2008 disk means ?"

I already explained what you SHOULD have done, but you apparently didn't do it that way. You should have booted into Windows XP. Then you should have taken the 2008 disk & put it in the CD drive. A window would have popped up asking you what you want to do. At that point, you should have directed it to install 2008 onto the 2nd partition. Had you done it that way, you wouldn't even be here asking questions.

To fix the bootloader so that you have the choice to boot into XP or 2008, use Easy BCD. I already posted a link to the EasyBCD manual, did you read it? If you can't understand what we're telling you, take your computer to someone who knows what they're doing.


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#14
January 17, 2011 at 23:33:38
ha ok i understood.in xp i have to install win 2008 ya i got it but how to install linux then ? please tell me with example.wat to write in dat bcd of.i saw dat add entry options in dat bcd software.according to my situation u tell me wat entry's i have to add in dat bcd software.for xp,win 2008 n linux please my friend

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#15
January 18, 2011 at 07:35:52
hi jack i dint understand ur below msg tel me clearly.

When you install Linux, make sure that you tell it to put the boot loader on the partition, not on the MBR.


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#16
January 18, 2011 at 07:38:31
ha ok i understood.in xp i have to install win 2008 ya i got it but how to install linux then ? please tell me with example.wat to write in dat bcd of.i saw dat add entry options in dat bcd software.according to my situation u tell me wat entry's i have to add in dat bcd software.for xp,win 2008 n linux please my friend

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#17
January 19, 2011 at 01:13:46
micliq reply me yar.i installed 2008 and left free space for Linux.and when i am installing Linux after creating /boot partition and if i try to create another partition like /home then its showing this error "could not allocate requested partitions: partitioning failed: not enough space left to create partition for /home" i have free space but also i am getting this error and even if i try to create physical volume then also i am getting same error after creating one physical volume

y i am getting this error micliq ?.please help me yar.i want to do practicals on win 2008 and Linux i did my networking course so please help me man.i want a job as admin so doing practicals so help me


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#18
January 19, 2011 at 04:10:46
You can only have 4 primary partitions on a hard disk (with a normal partition table). As you have two Windows installs then / and /boot partitions for your Linux, that's your lot. To have more than 4 partitions you need to make one of them an extended partition and create logical drives within that extended partition.

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#19
January 19, 2011 at 04:14:51
hi jack check my above question about error i am getting while installing linux so can u tel me wats d pblm ?

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#20
January 19, 2011 at 04:42:37
hi daniel i downloaded that virtual pc but its saying dat its not supported for windows server 2008 so what to do ?.and kindly check my below question about error while installing linux.no body responded so can u help me ?

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#21
January 19, 2011 at 05:07:37
The problem is exactly what I said it was in my last answer. 4 primary partitions only.

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#22
January 19, 2011 at 05:31:32
sory yar i dint understand ya i know that we can have only 4 primary partitions.in my hard disk i left free space for windows xp and i kept 20GB for it and it is primary partition and in the D drive i kept 40 GB and i created it as extended and in that i created logical drive and in the E drive i kept 50GB for windows server 2008 and it is primary partition and the left space is unallocated so what to do now ?.tell me clearly yar.now i have to delete that D drive and recreate it as primary or wat ?

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