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Author Topic: re-installing xp on dual boot of vl6.0 soho  (Read 956 times)
franklin1k
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« on: July 02, 2011, 11:01:29 am »

I am running VL 6.0 soho and XP as a dual boot on separate HDs. After two months xp has issues to where a clean install is needed. On a normal single boot of xp i would nuke both mbr and partition with a program writing zeros., then install xp. what would I need to do to re-install xp and keep my VL hd intact? Making a backup of the xp mbr could copy a virus over. Would running VL boot cd rebuild a new grub on the xp mbr?
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nightflier
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2011, 12:28:17 pm »

Assumption: You installed VL after XP and you use GRUB boot loader.

Go ahead and re-install XP to the same drive it is on now. It will take over the MBR and wipe out any "competition", but your files will be safe on the separate hard drive.

Then boot from the VL install CD, but use the "linux root=/dev/xdx ro" option (replace /dev/xdx with actual location of VL). Once logged in to VL as root, re-install GRUB to write the new multiboot MBR.
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franklin1k
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2011, 05:54:50 pm »

right and right

thank you once again
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