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

Fri Apr 22 17:24:52 UTC 2005
Edward Croft <croftale at gmail.com>

On 4/14/05, Olaf Greve <o.greve at axis.nl> 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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I know I am a little late to the game and you got great advice, but
let me add one other thing that I did. When I installed Windows, I
created a small fat32 partition. Windows sees it as E:, but I can
mount it under Linux. This allows me to place files I need to pass
between the systems on that partition, thus allowing me to format the
Windows partition using NTFS preserving the security.

If the sane say the insane are insane, 
What if the sane are insane?
Would that make the insane sane? 
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  --E. Croft