Oops, I thought this was a private reply.  The FreeDOS
installer doesn't "trash" C:...it does automatically
install a very clever dual boot technique on C: if
it finds DOS (or possibly some versions of Windows)
on that partition, with reference to another partition
if you are installing there.

That probably isn't what you want if C: is a recovery
partition on a laptop or desktop.  Sorry about the rash
(and inaccurate) statement...again, the installer does
NOT trash C:.

Mark

Mark Bailey wrote:
Hi Johnson:

No, this is just an update to the procedure.  Heck, I
can't even use the FreeDOS automated installers, since
they trash C: which is often a recovery partition.

I suppose someone more skilled than I could script the
Linux stuff and try to automate this.

Mark

Johnson Lam wrote:
On Sun, 22 Jan 2006 20:41:12 -0500, you wrote:

Hi Mark,

I am working on the next version of a procedure to add
FreeDOS to almost any WindowsXP computer in a dual-boot
configuration and WITHOUT destroying the WindowsXP

Great, on the Internet there're some guide to this, but all of them is
instructions, without a package or program to do it for you
automatically.

I'm using open source Linux tools to shrink the WindowsXP
NTFS partition.  I would like a couple of volunteers to
test the Version 2.0 Alpha procedure and provide
suggestions and corrections.

I wish I can catch up with you, in the coming month I have a 3 weeks
trip. I'll prepare a spare hard disk and install XP.

You should be comfortable with DOS commands and rebooting
your computer.  You do NOT need any Linux experience.

Good.

If you would like to dual-boot a new computer with FreeDOS,
and want to help test this, please send me an e-mail and
I'll send you the current draft of the procedure.  After a
few volunteers run through it, I'll get the updated procedure
posted on the web somewhere.

Did you have any plan to make a small utility to go through the
procedure automatically?


Rgds,
Johnson.


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