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First I installed xp , then xp64 , then windows 8 developer preview , now I wish to install a linux flavor. This is all easy.

Some months later I may want to uninstall windows 8 preview and install its beta. OR I may want to remove linux without reinstalling windows. Now the problem with MBR and bootloaders begins. In my experience , sometimes here something goes wrong at this point and I end up in an unbootable state.

Is there a way to 'manage' all bootloaders(second stage)/MBR , so that they can be simply restored to a particular state after a OS is removed/added? I know MBR can be backed up easy(dd command,hirens boot cd), but that doesn't seem to be enough..


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