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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RE: Nothing new at all
by ma_d on Fri 29th Sep 2006 18:15 UTC in reply to "Nothing new at all"
ma_d
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2005-06-29

Actually Windows does check for other Windows installs and it boots those. I'm not sure if it just looks at each partition for them or reads the old MBR though.

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RE[2]: Nothing new at all
by Flatland_Spider on Sat 30th Sep 2006 00:30 in reply to "RE: Nothing new at all"
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2006-09-01

It probably just imports the old boot.ini from the old partition. If you look in it all it has is a line pointing towards the boot partition of the other version.

Supposedly if the right test string is entered into it other OSes can be loaded from the Win boot loader. I've never gotten it to work, so I'm not sure about that.

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