Unix & Linux Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Most of the faqs/how-to for dual booting assume windows is installed with 'nix being installed in unpartitioned space.

I need to go the other way, i have wheezy installed and need to install xp, so, i'm going to resize a partion, format fat, install windows, and then ...?

does windows install over-write the MBR? Can that be fixed (Back to grub)

I guess I don't mind reinstalling wheezy after installing xp, but that seems like a sledgehammer


share|improve this question
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Windows will overwrite the MBR and put their own stuff on there. You can always install grub from pretty much any linux Live CD (or you can use a utility Live CD).

Other than that, your systems should play nice.

share|improve this answer
Rescatux does this nicely and with ease. supergrubdisk.org/category/download/rescatuxdownloads/… – Jenny T-Type May 30 at 21:23

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.