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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This is just more of the same
by bolomkxxviii on Fri 29th Sep 2006 15:31 UTC
bolomkxxviii
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2006-05-19

XP trashes your MBR also. You have to install the second OS AFTER you install XP. Vista continues on Microsoft's tradition.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

The funny part is that it has never happened for me with Win2K, XP or Windows 2003. I was actually surprised the first time Windows didn't touch grub.

But now I'm used to it.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

They've done the same thing since, at least, Windows 95.

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blixel Member since:
2005-07-06

They've done the same thing since, at least, Windows 95.

That's what I was thinking. The blurb makes it sound like this is some new evil thing that is being put into Vista.

But this particular evil thing is just how Microsoft Operating Systems work. Even MS-DOS would blow away your OS/2 MBR way back in the day.

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