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# 44259 25-Oct-2009 23:47
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im about to install ubuntu on my hard drive whick also has xp pro, once linux is installed im guessing it will boot into it automaticly so how will i get to chose which os i want to boot is there a program or something i should do? also removing xp completly is not a option at this time

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  # 266799 26-Oct-2009 09:34
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Haven't used linux in a while but isn't there normally a bootloader such as lilo installed with most linux OSs? That should let you choose which OS is the default. Windows has bootloader options but I doubt it will recognise linux as a valid OS.

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  # 266811 26-Oct-2009 10:14
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Last time i had a play with ubuntu and xp home when you started your pc it asked you what system you wanted to boot into, good luck


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  # 266823 26-Oct-2009 10:50
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As you are installing ubuntu last it will find your widows install and bring up a boot loader each time you start your computer and you will be able to choose your os. Just be careful when you are installing Linux that your drive partitions are set correctly as it is easy to format your windows drive on accident.

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  # 266875 26-Oct-2009 14:31
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This link is to a tutorial for installing a dual boot of Hardy and XP

ubuntu will install GRUB which will give you the choice at boot-up.

Good luck and enjoy your Linux!

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