For the following setup:
kellogs@kellogs-PC:~ > sudo fdisk -l [sudo] password for kellogs: omitting empty partition (5) Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160040803840 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312579695 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x48424841 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 63 201358709 100679323+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda4 201358710 312576704 55608997+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA) /dev/sda5 201358773 222243209 10442218+ 83 Linux /dev/sda6 222243273 310488254 44122491 83 Linux /dev/sda7 310488318 312576685 1044184 82 Linux swap / Solaris omitting empty partition (5) Disk /dev/sdb: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 969021 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x7b444a5b Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sdb1 63 339968159 169984048+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sdb2 339968160 667647791 163839816 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sdb3 680857693 976772334 147957321 f W95 Ext'd (LBA) /dev/sdb4 667648000 680857599 6604800 83 Linux /dev/sdb5 680857695 735038639 27090472+ af HFS / HFS+ /dev/sdb6 735038703 976772334 120866816 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT Partition table entries are not in disk order
there are these OSes
Linux : sda5
Win XP : sda1
Win 8 (latest addition) : sdb6
The story before adding Win 8 There was Grub2 happily booting into linux / Win XP after adding Win 8 Win 8 grabbed the MBR and deployed its own bootloader into that one. I was able to boot Win 8 / Win XP but not Linux any longer. what I did Reinstalled Grub2 to MBR, of course :) enabling me to boot into Linux / Win8, but not WinXP what next Attempted: http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub.html#Chain_002dloading and http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub.html#DOS_002fWindows
These attempts did put a Win XP entry in Grub2 boot options,but it mingled them Windowses! Booting the Win8 boot menu entry would start either WinXP or Win8 randomly Same for the WinXP boot menu entry
How would I get my WinXP back ? Thanks!
Booting the Win8 boot menu entry would start either WinXP or Win8 randomly
Actually, it might not be the case. Win 8 has this feature of "Starting earlier Windows version" which did boot Win XP OK prior to having had the MBR rewritten with Grub2. Afterwards, instead of immediately launching WinXP, it seems this feature will reboot computer (BIOS POST), and then Selecting again the Win 8 entry from grub resumes the Win XP boot. Odd, will update if I find this behaviour consistent.