[CentOS] How to properly install W*nd*ws XP along with CentOS?

Thu Apr 14 10:10:35 UTC 2005
ryanag at zoominternet.net <ryanag at zoominternet.net>

Here is the process I do it in:

#1: Install WinXP normally.
#2: Use a special liveCD http://www.sysresccd.org/ to shrink the NTFS
#3: Use the same liveCD to format the empty space created from #2 with
#4: Install CentOS telling it to remove all linux partitions (it will
only touch the ext3 created in #3).

On Thu, 2005-04-14 at 11:39 +0200, Olaf Greve wrote:
> Hi,
> I find myself in the lucky position to receive a new desktop machine 
> tomorrow. :)
> Now, for quite a while I've been wanting to make a switch to any Unix 
> based system for my normal work environment (= Web development), but I 
> will still need to test my work on Windows as well.
> Now.... As tomorrow I will install a fresh new machine (with a 40GB HD), 
> I'd like to do the following:
> -Install CentOS as primary OS on a 30GB partition.
> -Install W*nd*ws XP as secondary system on a 10GB partition.
> -Plug in my current secondary NTFS drive for storing additional W*nd*ws 
> stuff.
> What I'm uncertain about, is the proper way to do this, and the order in 
> which to install both OSes.
> Can anyone give me an answer to the following?
> -Which OS can best be installed first, CentOS or XP?
> -Are there special actions required to enable proper dual booting?
> -Which boot manager can be used best CentOS' one or XP's one?
> -Can CentOS read (and perhaps also write?) from the NTFS partitions?
> -Hypothetically: would installing VMWare and installing XP in that give 
> me pretty much 100% XP compatibility for at the very least the various 
> web browsers such as IE, and also for XP Office?
> Thanks a lot in advance!
> Cheers,
> Olafo
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