Can I have Linux on a USB drive and boot linux from my USB, but when I want to use my Windows XP could I?
Question: Could I boot Linux from my USB any where(as long as the PC can boot from USB) but when I want to use my Windows XP could I??? I want to use linux off my USB drive but I dont want to have linux and not Windows XP. So when my sister or parents come on they can use XP. But when I come on I can boot from my USB drive
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Yes, yes and yes. It's amazing right, your portable Linux version in your pocket wherever you go! Distro that I have successfully boot from USB flash drive: RescueCD, Puppy Linux, DSL and Slax This link provide step by step tutorial of Linux's booting from USB: http://pendrivelinux.com/ (slax, PCLInux OS,Knoppix, Pendrive, etc..) Best of luck.
Assuming you already burned both Linux ISO files to CD / DVD, give Oracle's free Virtual Box a try: Download and install it, then, get the Vbox Installation Guide from there, too, for the 'slightly geeky' step by step instructions. Check out the Screen Shots, too. When both Distros are successfully installed, you will be able to run all 3 OSes at the same time. TIP: This also assumes your laptop's CPU supports Hardware Visualization, AND has at least 3 GB of System RAM. On W 7 + VBox, I'm running Linux Mint, 98Se, and XP, just for the fun of it. That's 4 OSes running at once.
If you install to a USB flash drive, no problem. If you install to a USB harddrive, and you install GRUB on the MBR, you may have a situation where the computer only boots if the USB harddrive is connected, otherwise GRUB MAY give you an error message, because it can't find the Linux portion. This is a supposition right now - I haven't tried Linux on my USB harddrive, but when you delete Linux from a dualboot system and leave GRUB in place, everything stops until you fix it.
I can tell you a way to restore the old way of booting, namely only Windows. - boot from the Windows CD - choose "repair console" or so; I think you do it by pressing "e" - wait till the console loads, then type in "fixmbr" and press ENTER - you will be seeing a warning but don't worry, it will affect only the boot region of the hard disk - when it's done, take out the Windows CD and type in "exit" to reboot - that's it
Sure. One better, I believe the Mandriva One disks include instructions somewhere on how to put it on a flash drive. If not, I'm sure the information is on forums.mandriva.com. But really, it's best to just install it on the hard drive and set it up to dual boot - I know Mandriva, and I think most Linux distros, include the partitioning software for all but vista, and Vista includes its own. Then you can just sit down, reboot, and choose MS or Linux from the boot menu without having to attach a USB or flash drive. That's how I've had all my machines set up for years.
The thing about installing Linux alongside Vista in a dual-boot is that the MBR will be overwritten and will point to a bootloader on the Linux partition. The Linux bootloader (such as GRUB) chainloads the Windows bootloader when you select Windows from the boot menu. If you simply deleted the Linux partition, the Windows bootloader would never be called. To fix this, you need to access the Recovery environment on the Windows setup disc, and enter the command "bootrec /FixMbr" into the command prompt. This should overwrite the MBR and load the Windows bootloader directly again. http://sathyasays.com/2008/10/29/how-to-... Now as to how to actually remove Linux, I would recommend another tool, one that, ironically, runs on Linux. The GParted LiveCD can easily help you delete, create, and resize partitions. You can use it to delete the Linux partition and then resize the Windows partition to make it take up a larger amount of the drive again. Note that you need to shut down Windows correctly before running this tool; GParted will refuse to modify an NTFS partition that was not unmounted cleanly. http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.ph...
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