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Windows XP doesn't like to share with Linux

 5:17 pm on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

had trouble getting XP to coexist with Linux. It turns out that I am not alone. XP simply doesn't like to share a hard drive with another operating system.

NewsForge [newsforge.com]



 5:23 pm on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Somehow that just doesn't surprise me :(

No way I'll be getting XP, i'll stick with 98 untill it's not worth having for browser tests anymore..



 6:18 pm on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

I wonder what the net effect of this will be? I could just see them testifying about how XP needs to be embedded into the hard drive and that if it was forced to have an isolated partition it just won't work with XP's architecture. Silly, silly MS.


 8:19 am on May 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

He should try deleting XP, and then using *all* of the hard drive for a real os! This will solve the problem quite quickly, and reducing other niggling problems... (paying Bill for a buggy, insecure product, wasting time due to a buggy, insecure product, etc)

If he likes playing games, the PlayStation is quite good. But you wish to have a little pain in your life there's always the Xbox...


 8:22 am on May 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

On a more serious note, there's always VMWare... btw, the article talks about installing Linux *then* windows. This almost never works as (form what I've seen) Windows will overwrite the mbr with its own version. Windows *then* Linux is the way to go...

(edited by: Josk at 8:25 am (utc) on May 29, 2002)


 8:23 am on May 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

Colleague here at work has XP professional and linux running off the same hard disk, no problems.


 5:28 pm on May 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Windows 2000 and Linux run just fine together on my computer. Is XP so much different? It's basically the same kernel.

By the way, Josk, Windows 2000 and, I suspect, XP are *real* operating systems. I was about to give up on Windows forever, but got a new machine (a while back) with Windows 2000 and have found it the first MS operating system that didn't want to make me throw my computer out the window on a daily basis.



 5:35 pm on May 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

By the way, the guy in the NewsForge article made a basic "error". He should have done as the first comment suggests:

I have had some success with XP and Linux. However, I installed XP first - creating two partitions and installing XP on the first, leaving the second unformatted. I then installed Linux on the second partition. I installed LILO on the second partition as well, and made the second partition active. When I boot my machine, LILO kicks in and allows me to boot XP and Linux.

I ended up doing two reinstalls of Win2K before figuring this out. Let the Windows installer set up the partitions, and then and only then put Linux on.



 10:10 am on Jun 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

I now have XP and Linux on the same box.

Same procedure as Win 2000 - works fine.


 10:58 am on Jun 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

XP and Mandrake here... no problems.

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