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Old 2nd January 2010, 08:57 PM
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Dual Boot Install Guide or Steps?

I have been searching around and found lots of details of how to fix a dual boot situation gone wrong but I have not run across a guide or steps on how to install Windows & FC12 the correct way.

I have to reinstall my computer any way for other reasons so I am going to reinstall with either XP or Win7 (leaning towards 7) and Fedora 12. I can dedicate a drive to each OS no problem and I can imagine how I would install each on it's own drive, but not quite sure what to use as a boot manager?

Any help or pointers would be appreciated. I must not be searching the right key words.

Thanks!

---------- Post added at 02:57 PM CST ---------- Previous post was at 02:42 PM CST ----------

My search did not find it, but when I looked at my post the smart searcher found it for me here.

http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=55613
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Old 2nd January 2010, 09:11 PM
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I have other links with other methods but I'm not at home, this one explains dual booting using EasyBCD. I did 2 Vista/F11 dual boots using this method. Haven't tried it with W7 or upgrading Vista to W7 yet.
http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Fedora
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Old 2nd January 2010, 09:19 PM
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I have other links with other methods but I'm not at home, this one explains dual booting using EasyBCD. I did 2 Vista/F11 dual boots using this method. Haven't tried it with W7 or upgrading Vista to W7 yet.
http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Fedora
Thanks! I read the other guide but left me with more questions. My experience with Win7 so far (5 installs) is that the basics for disks, partitions, etc. are exactly the same as Vista so all should still apply. Also have not had a program yet that worked in Vista but does not in Win7.

Not sure my hardware id up to the task for Win7 so I may still have to got back to XP.

Had not heard of EasyBCD so I will give that a look. I was planning on just using Grub from all the posts I have read.

Thank you.
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Old 2nd January 2010, 09:56 PM
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I actually heard of EasyBCD first on a Fedora Unity Guide linked here:
http://fedoraunity.org/solved/post-i...rm=dual%20boot
A link on that page brought me here:
http://fedoraunity.org/solved/Member...-vista-already
And a link on that page brought me to NeoSmart:
http://neosmart.net/
LOL....Since I was not home I didn't think I could retrace my steps....Those how-to's were very helpful to me.
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Old 2nd January 2010, 11:32 PM
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Thank you for all your links and help! I spent 2 days not trying to recover my XP machine when I should have begun reinstall right away. 5 years of data and 300 gb of data is a lot to move around.

I am close to being able to blow away XP and begin the Win 7 install tonight. I have 3 160gb drives so primary will be Win7, second will be FC12 and the 3rd has all my backup data for use mostly in windows.

I will give a report back on how things turned out.

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One last question if you know the answer. At some point I may make this into my dedicated linux machine once I save up enough to build a new Windows machine.

Down the road if I get rid of the primary Windows partition can I reorder the disks and make Fedora boot by itself without having to reinstall? Maybe I would have to but to DVD and run the rescue utility?

Advice is welcome and appreciated.
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Old 3rd January 2010, 12:10 AM
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Using the DVD you could reinstall grub to mbr and Fedora will boot by itself. Links to threads:
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=197514
And Post #5 in this thread has it in a nutshell:
http://fedoraforum.org/forum/showthread.php?t=194442

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Old 3rd January 2010, 05:45 AM
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Well almost went perfect.

Dual booting Win7 / Fedora 12 each on their own drives. EasyBCD 2.0 build 76.

Every worked correctly except when the Linux partition tried to boot I got error messages and complaining of NTFS partition but I got to the grub4dos menu.

Looking at the first line was hdr(0,0) but should have been hdr(1,0) so I edited that line and booted fine. After that I changed grub.conf and fix the error there as well. Not sure what when wrong and I double checked boot partition during the install.

Funny thing was the "Other" entry in grub was pointing to the correct drive.

It seems like this is a Fedora install issue not EasyBCD.

Any way seems to be working good for now. Thanks for the help
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Old 3rd January 2010, 05:58 AM
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Hey, I'm glad all these links I've saved were useful. Happy to have helped.

Tom
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