Quoting "Michele Neylon :: Blacknight Solutions" <michele at blacknight.ie>:
> > I prefer option 2 but he is complaining that "WinXP doesn't like you
> > messing with hard drive partition tables"... is there any truth in
> > this or can I happily repartition his laptop hard drive, drop Linux
> > on and boot from Grub?
>> WinXP doesn't care as long as you don't do silly things with the MBR. I have
> changed linux distro on my laptop at least 4 times in the last 12 months and
> the WinXp install hasn't been affected in any way
Depending on what changes you make you may need to update the boot.ini file
under the Windows partition. i.e. if it was the first partition and you move it
to be the second, boot.ini needs to be updated to indicate that the boot files
for Windows are on the the second partition not the first.
AFAIK most apps that can move about Windows installations will do this
automatically for you, so it shouldn't be a cause to worry about, but is still
good to know.
If you need to do this, and the recover console doesn't work, create a win98
bootdisk and look for editbini.exe in google.
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