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PC Quest: Booting Linux with the Win 2k Boot Loader

Aug 19, 2000, 16:06 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vinod Unny)

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"If you've installed Linux while retaining an existing Windows installation, you know you can switch between the Windows and Linux OSs by typing in the correct label at the LILO: prompt. For example, if your Windows installation was named "dos" (which it is by default), type in "dos" at the LILO: prompt and you can boot into Windows without any problem. This is nothing but the Linux boot loader at work."

"However, for those of you who've used Win NT/2000, you have a different boot loader. NT shows a menu of currently installed operating systems and lets you switch between them by using the arrow keys and pressing "Enter" on the highlighted choice. Win 2000 doesn't show you a list of choices by default, although you have the option to see if you wish."

"This article will show you how to get Linux as an option in the Win 2000 boot menu under three different configurations--when Win 2000 is already installed and you want to install Linux, when Linux is already installed and you want to install Win 2000, and finally when both are installed and LILO is the boot loader. Most of these instructions should work with NT 4 too, but haven't been tested with it."

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