Order of OS installation for a multiboot sys

October 1, 2010 at 23:33:03
Specs: Windows XP
Need to set up a multiboot sys. using XP, Server 2003 and Linux. I've found conflicting info in this regard. I've found info saying to install Linux first then windows os's and I've seen the exact opposite suggested. To install the older win os first, followed by xp then linux.

Can anyone tell me the correct order to install and perhaps any other valuable info? Like say, ntfs or fat? I do beleive ntfs would work but I've never done a triple boot system.

Thanks in advance!

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October 2, 2010 at 00:02:32
It's perhaps easier if you can install the oldest Win version first followed by later versions of Win then finally Linux but OS's can be installed in almost any sequence. Lots of info on the WWW, here's one http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_...

I'd recommend sticking with NTFS for the Win partitions, NTFS can be read/written by Linux.

Good luck.

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October 2, 2010 at 03:01:33
OS's like to be the only one. One method is to install one then hide it. Then install the next.

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October 2, 2010 at 07:32:38
My favorite method of dual booting Linux with Windows is to use the built-in WUBI installer. By using this method, Linux is installed as a Windows program & as such, can be uninstalled at any time simply by using Control Panel > Add/Remove. All you have to do is boot into Windows, pop in the Linux disc & when the menu pops up, simply click "Install Inside Windows". You'll then have the option of selecting where to put it & how much drive space you want to allocate for it....you can designate an entire partition or HDD if you like. Here's a look at the popup meu:


You can actually use a similar method when dual booting Windows. Assuming you install XP 1st, just pop in the Server 2003 disc & wait for the menu to pop up.

Or if you want to do a twist on wizard-fred's suggestion, install each OS individually, then use a boot loader such as GAG.


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