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I originally had Windows 7 installed and later installed SUSE 11.2 on a different partition.

After later deleting the Linux partition my PC now won't start. Is there a way to install both without interfering with the Windows bootloader?

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No, the windows bootloader needs to be replaced in order to run linux and windows. You can restore the windows MBR by using the win 7 installation disc and running a repair. You can find specific instructions here.

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It is rather that the Linux installation has replaced the bootloader of Windows. The above link shows how to reinstall it. –  harrymc Mar 8 '11 at 9:04

John asked

... Windows 7 ... Suse 11.2 ... Is there a way to install both without interfering with the Windows bootloader??

You can install Linux on Windows without affecting the Windows bootloader. However I don't know if it can be done with SUSE.

For a Ubuntu based Linux system running as a Windows application see andLinux.

andLinux is a complete Ubuntu Linux system running seamlessly in Windows 2000 based systems (2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7; 32-bit versions only).

andLinux uses coLinux as its core ... coLinux is a port of the Linux kernel to Windows. Although this technology is a bit like running Linux in a virtual machine, coLinux differs itself by being more of a merger of Windows and the Linux kernel and not an emulated PC, making it more efficient. Xming is used as X server and PulseAudio as sound server.

You can probably run SUSE in a VM using one of the popular VM hypervisors. My Google search results suggest SUSE will run under Hyper-V, Virtual-PC and VMware at least.

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