Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 70704
Selecting installation of lilo to first sector of mbr isn't working with Windows XP
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:45:12 EDT
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Description of problem:
When selecting to install lilo into the first sector of mbr Windows XP loads
automatically and the lilo selection screen does not load at all. This problem
is fixed when selecting the first option in the installation.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Select 'Install to first sector of mbr' in the bootloader part of the
2. Finishing the installation successfully.
3. Rebooting the computer and seeing Windows loading automatically.
Actual Results: Windows loads automatically with no sign of wither lilo or
Expected Results: The lilo boot screen should have appeard, allowing me to
select whether I want to boot linux or windows.
No, installing the boot loader to the first sector of the boot partition leaves
what was previously in the MBR (the NT loader as used by XP). You must install
to the master boot record if you already have an OS booting from the MBR.