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Windows Update Does Not Like GRUB

Jan 21, 2010, 17:02 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by JA Watson)

"If you are running a multi-boot configuration with Windows and Linux, and using GRUB as the bootloader, you may be headed for trouble. I first ran into this problem about six months or so ago, but I didn't realize what it was until a few weeks ago. I have been running this kind of configuration (Linux and Windows multi-boot) for several years with no problems until this came up.

"The first symptom I saw was with installation of Vista SP2, on two of my laptops - the ASUS N10J and HP Pavillion dv2-1010ez. Both came preloaded with Vista SP1. Because I was going to lend at least one of them to someone who wanted to use Vista, last fall I decided to update them both to Vista SP2. Both had the same problem - after thrashing through a LOT of other updates, Windows Update finally offered to download and install SP2. It then spent a very, very long time thrashing around, until it finally said installation was complete and it needed to reboot. When I let it reboot, it went through the "Installing Updates, Please Wait... Phase 1 xx% Done" malarkey, then "Phase 2 xx% Done..."

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