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    Install W8 on XP/Linux Dual Boot

    Hi all, I've restored my test machine back to Win XP / Ubuntu 11.10.
    I'd like to reinstall Win 8 into the XP partition but keep the Dual Boot.
    Last time the Win 8 install replaced the boot loader and I lost access to the Ubuntu partitions.
    Any Ideas?
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    Does Ubuntu have a repair install like Windows. When the Windows bootloader is lost it is sometimes possible to get it back with the Repair Install. I do not know enough about Grub to know if this is possible.

    I wonder if an Image restore of Ubuntu would do it. Just guessing here RG. I would assume originally you had XP and dual booted Linux second. This would allow Grub to boot first where you would then choose Windows, where the XP bootloader would then load. If I remember correctly this is how Grub worked.

    EasyBCD can work with Grub as well. Perhaps after loading Win 8 DP you can use EasyBCD to load Grub.

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    Ted,

    Thanks, I didn't know EasyBCD would work w/Grub. I've been looking into the Grub docs and as with all things Linux they are not written for newbees. Even with 33+ years of computer experience I'm having a hard time slugging through it. I've only played around with Ubuntu out of curiosity and haven't really made a concerted effort to get in deep.

    The Ubuntu was loaded after XP and is the default. When I installed Win 8 the first time it of course loaded it's boot loader and I lost access to the Ubuntu partitions. I've restored my XP/Ubuntu image using Macrium Reflect and am getting ready to give it a go again. The EasyBCD idea looks like it should work. I'll get back after I get some quiet time to tackle it.
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