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Dual boot XO Pro & Linux mint

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Im looking for a pretty in-depth guide on how to dual boot Linux Mint and Windows XP pro with XP Pro already installed. Ive gotten it to work before But I started wit a blank Hard drive and was using PC Linux OS 07. also I am kinda of nervous about Partitioning my disks or damaging my boot.ini file when the boot loader installs... does Linux mind have a Boot loader?

[EDIT]I know the Thread name is wrong...
Edited by PaRaDoX_883 - 5/16/08 at 5:38pm
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Back up, whatever you do. Just prepare for a reinstall if worse comes to worst.

The process will be the same as Ubuntu. Linux Mint = Ubuntu with a different GUI theme and a different set of default packages.

Boot the Live disk into Live mode and go through the installer. Don't finish the process; just scroll through the installer to see what you're gonna be doing.
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Once you have space freed up on your disk you can let linux do everything automatically. It will not nuke your windows install whereas windows will nuke linux. Linux uses either the GRUB bootloader or (less likely) LILO, which Mint will install for you.
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linux will install grub for you automatically and should recognize your windows on the other partition and add that to the grub menu.lst file which will display the linx os and windows on startup
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