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Windows XP pro and Linux

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recently ive been trying to use linux a little bit more, but there are some things id prefer to do in windows, ive got a laptop that ive reformatted a few times recently, when installing linux and windows, there is nothing of importance on the laptop at the moment so no trouble to reformat again if it is required

what id like to do is to be able to decide between using linux or windows when the computer starts up, could someone walk me through how to do this?

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Heres a couple of sites i think would be good reading for you.



Both XP and Linux include a multi boot program ( Boot Loader)
However the boot loader with XP doesn’t support Linux.
So you will need to setup your Hard drive in advance and install XP first.
Then Install Linux

About the easiest way to prepare for a dual boot system.
Run Fdisk to partition your hard drive.
Create a Fat32 or NTFS partition or partitions for XP and your data files.
Do Not use all the drive space on the hard drive for these partitions.
Leave the amount of space you want to use for Linux as unused or not allocated in fdisk.

Then format the fat32 and or NTFS partitions and Install xp.
After you have that completed
You can install linux
When installing Linux it has the feature to use all available Unused disk space
It will setup and format drives in that unused space for you
It will also install and setup the boot loader for you .

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