On June 6, 2004, <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:


This has probably been answered before, but I was unable to find
explicit confirmation.

The installation guide (2.5.3) states that "You now have the option to install a boot manager. In general, you
should choose to install the FreeBSD boot manager if:

   *You have more than one drive, and have installed FreeBSD onto a
drive other than the first one.
   *You have installed FreeBSD alongside another operating system on
the same disk, and you want to choose whether to start FreeBSD or the
other operating system when you start the compute"

Will installing FreeBSD's boot manager render my exisiting XP
installation inoperable?  I have been down this route with Linux in the
past with the result that my NT partition was unusable after Linux

Many thanks,


Hi Dave,

Freebsd-questions is the proper forum for questions; I'm sending my
answer there as replying on newbies is against the charter. (Also, if I
make a mistake, it'll get corrected here :).)

You don't need to subscribe to the list; you should be CC'ed on any

As I understand it, the boot manager allows for one other OS to be
bootable or for an OS to be booted which is not on the same drive as
the MBR.

It should not conflict with XP, afaik, and I've used XP and FreeBSD
together in the past.

As a cautionary note, though, I've seen others hang themselves with
this. (I never figured out what they could have done wrong.) You should
back up any data from the XP installation you wish to keep, to be safe.


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