Hi Johnson: The new machine comes with WindowsXP pre-installed and configured. Often, people immediately add software and spend a lot of time configuring it... I sure do.
My experience suggests that people would rather use an old, dedicated machine than spend hours re-installing WindowsXP. I have NEVER reinstalled WindowsXP and I've dual booted at least a dozen machines. Using the Linux tools, you can shrink the WindowsXP partition IN PLACE, without affecting WindowsXP at all. (Well, WindowsXP does run chkdisk after you do this, but that's automatic. It runs exactly the same way.) I'm using a boot loader called GAG because it's the simplest to set up that I've found. Works great! Takes maybe 15 minutes to do everything (other than download and burn the Linux LiveCD that does this). Mark Johnson Lam wrote:
I'm not smart, so I think the target of the dual boot should be: 1) Install FreeDOS FAT32, then install WinXP, add FreeDOS to WinXP loader (simple but I found sometimes WinXP refuse to write the boot sector if it's not MSDOS) 2) Make FAT32 partition somewhere in the WinXP installed hard disk, then use boot manager (WinXP boot loader or something like Robert Riebisch's bootmgr) Rgds, Johnson.
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