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Re: Windows XP & Fedora on one computer



> <br /><br />02.10.08, 17:32, "Paul W. Frields" <STICKSTER GMAIL COM >:<br
> /><br />&gt; On Thu, Oct 02, 2008 at 05:09:49PM +0400, isad ilexa17
> wrote:<br />&gt; &gt; I have the following problem:<br />&gt; &gt; Windows
> XP is installed on my computer and I want to<br />&gt; &gt; install Fedora
> keeping Windows alive (bootable).<br />&gt; &gt; Thanks and sorry for my
> bad English.<br />&gt; This is not a difficult problem to solve,
> fortunately! :-) You simply<br />&gt; need to have sufficient free space
> in the partition itself, or on the<br />&gt; hard disk outside that
> partition.  Most people find themselves in the<br />&gt; first situation.
> You may find things work best if you go to your<br />&gt; Control Panel
> &gt; Administration Tools &gt; Computer Management &gt; Disk<br />&gt;
> Management, and analyze and defragment your partition first.  I'm<br
> />&gt; afraid help with Windows is outside this list's topic, but the<br
> />&gt; procedure should be a fairly simple point-and-click operation.<br
> />&gt; Once you've done that, during the Fedora installation, you can
> edit<br />&gt; the existing Windows XP partition on your disk during the
> disk<br />&gt; partitioning step.  Most people choose "Custom setup" for
> the disk<br />&gt; partitioning to get into the partition editing screen.
> Click the<br />&gt; checkbox to resize the existing Windows partition to
> leave enough<br />&gt; space for Fedora.  Then establish partitions for
> the Fedora<br />&gt; installation.  You can find more information about
> disk partitioning<br />&gt; here:<br />&gt; <A
> href="http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f9/en_US/ch-disk-partitioning.html";
> mce_href="http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f9/en_US/ch-disk-partitioning.html";
> >http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f9/en_US/ch-disk-partitioning.html</A>
> <br />&gt; I recommend reading all of Chapter 12, but especially these
> sections:<br />&gt; <A
> href="http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f9/en_US/sn-partitioning-general.html";
> mce_href="http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f9/en_US/sn-partitioning-general.html";
> >http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f9/en_US/sn-partitioning-general.html</A><br
> />&gt; <A
> href="http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f9/en_US/sn-partitioning-advice.html";
> mce_href="http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f9/en_US/sn-partitioning-advice.html";
> >http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f9/en_US/sn-partitioning-advice.html</A><br
> />&gt; Fedora automatically detects your Windows XP installation and sets
> up<br />&gt; a dual-boot configuration for you.  When you boot your
> computer, you<br />&gt; are able to choose between booting Fedora or
> Windows by interrupting<br />&gt; the GRUB boot screen with any key.<br
> />&gt; -- <br />&gt; Paul W. Frields                                <A
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> >http://paul.frields.org/</A><br />&gt;   gpg fingerprint: 3DA6 A0AC 6D58
> FEC4 0233  5906 ACDB C937 BD11 3717<br />&gt;   <A
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> >http://redhat.com/</A>   -  -  -  -   <A
> href="http://pfrields.fedorapeople.org/";
> mce_href="http://pfrields.fedorapeople.org/";
> >http://pfrields.fedorapeople.org/</A><br />&gt;   irc.freenode.net:
> stickster @ #fedora-docs, #fedora-devel, #fredlug</STICKSTER GMAIL COM><br
> /><br />Yeah really thanks but it doesn't work.<br /> Some "OTHER" booting
> option appeared but it doesn't work:(<br />When i select it nothing
> happens. Only the counter sets to 60 seconds again.

What I did, instead of relying on Grub or the Windows boot manager, was to
install the /boot filesystem and grub onto a USB key and add the USB slot
to my bootable device list in my system's BIOS setup.

That way, if I want to boot Windows, I just leave the USB key disconnected
and boot the system...if I want to boot Fedora, I just plug in the USB
key, and boot the system.

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