I've been reading a lot about dual-booting, and it seems as easy as loading Windows and then loading Linux with GRUB, but everybody says that Windows loves to trash GRUB when it gets the opportunity. What are some steps I can take to prevent this from happening (other than using Windows' bootloader, I want to keep this as simple as possible)?
Windows will overwrite the boot sector whenever you install it, upgrade it to a new version, or use tools like
You could also install 100% Unix, Linux, or BSD and simply run Windows in a virtual machine if the computer is strong enough for that.
Also: your computer's BIOS may have an option to protect the boot sector.
If you use any form of grub, you are messing with the boot loader. GRUB stands for "grand unified bootloader". And there are two versions -- grub v1 adn grub v2. All modern linux systems use grub2 automatically. If you install any linux system, grub is the default bootloader unless you specifically go with LILO, which I would not suggest.
I personally have a dual boot system with xp and Wheezy. I keep xp from over writing grub by disabling "windows restore" option.
Before I disabled the restore option, I would have to fix grub at least once a week as windows bootloader kept overwriting grub.
I am fixing to install windows 8 on an external hard drive through a usb port. I am hoping this goes without a hitch and doesn't mess with my mbr.