I have my dual-boot on my laptop and it is installed with Windows XP as my primary operating system with a Fedora 8 over it.
I use GRUB for my boot loader and it is written on my Windows’ MBR. I have only one HDD, a SATA one, with three partitions. One for my Windows XP, my files and for my Linux box.
I reinstalled my Windows XP and my grub was fully erased in my Windows’ MBR. I could not boot my Fedora 8 anymore. I spent a day looking for a solution. I almost tried everything I see from the internet but unfortunately they do not work. But I found a working one. Meaning to say, don’t stop looking for it until you find it. This could be of big help to you. Just follow the simple instructions below.
- Insert your Fedora 8 installer (CD1) and set your boot sequence to your CD.
- When the CD is loaded, choose “Rescue installed system” from the menu.
- Wait for it to be loaded and follow the wizard.
- In the command, check first the name of your partitions,
It says something like sda, sda1, sda2/hda, hda1, …
- In my system, my Windows is installed on my first partition which is the sda.
- Change the current directory to /mnt/systimage with a root privilege.
- Install grub to your MBR’s location device, which is the Windows partition
- Perfect! Restart your system and set the boot to your hard drive. It will show you the menu listed your Windows and your Linux.
- If these steps will not work, repeat again because this really works.
Currently I have my Fedora 8 and Windows XP installed on my laptop. I am enjoying using them for different purpose.
Welcome to dual-booting!