Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Sep 2006 15:08 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Windows "One of the more questionable tactics that Microsoft has implemented in Vista is to automatically overwrite any existing MBR during the installation process without asking if you mind or giving you an option to back up. Microsoft says that the Windows installation system can't intelligently interrogate an existing non-MS MBR, although such features are quite common in the install routine for other OSes."
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No need to identify bootloader..
by reduz on Fri 29th Sep 2006 16:01 UTC
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Just ask the user "Do you want to overwrite the MBR?".

Back in the Win98/Win2K times, I rememeber installing windows AFTER installing linux was dangerous...
The MBR is a non issue, It's very easy to get it back from a rescue disk or a chrooted env, but I remember windows installer screwed up partitions outside it's limits sometimes (even when you tell it to install to a specific one).

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