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[News] Review of Super Grub Disk (GNU/Linux)

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Super Grub Disk To The Rescue!

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| If you've ever tried to set up a dual boot system, more than likely you have 
| also managed to mangle the master boot record (MBR) of your main system drive 
| at least one time. Once corrupted you typically have a couple of options. One 
| of the most obvious ways is to boot from a CD-ROM distribution and reinstall 
| the OS. It's probably not the quickest fix but it usually does work. You 
| could accomplish basically the same thing with a bootable USB disk if you 
| happen to have one.      
| Super Grub Disk (SGB) is a handy alternative that works in a few seconds. 
| You'll find versions you can burn to a CD-ROM, USB disk or floppy disk. 
| Booting from one of these media devices presents you with a menu of options 
| that should help you get your system configured properly. It's also a tool 
| capable of leaving your system unable to boot if you set the options wrong.    
| [...]
| Super Grub Disk is a handy tool to have around if you find yourself 
| installing multiple operating systems or even if you just want a way to 
| diagnose a boot problem. It gives you an alternative boot path to get around 
| a system that won't boot from the main hard drive. Best of all, it's free!   



Vista SP1 won't install on dual-boot systems: Microsoft

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| If you’re dualbooting Windows Vista Enterprise or Ultimate alongside a Linux 
| distro, and have installed the Linux bootloader into the MBR, then you’re 
| guaranteed to run into problems when installing Vista Service Pack 1, 
| Microsoft has admitted.   



Geek in Paradise - Vista Upgrade

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| As the HP Advisor disc was in the process of finishing, the machine
| froze solid. After giving it 5 minutes of no disk activity, I reset
| the machine to be greeted by a lovely blinking cursor. I put the
| Vista disc in and booted into a repair installation, where I ran the
| Repair tool. My hunch was proved correct when it returned a corrupted 
| MBR, which it had fixed. Thinking all was well, I rebooted to be
| greeted with a black screen (no blinking cursor). Well, there's
| something more going on so I rebooted into the repair tool and let
| it do it's thing. This time, it found a Corrupted Partition table
| which it then said it repaired. Awesome! Next reboot was greeted by
| the same black screen, so I figured the other partition was corrupt
| as well and let the repair tool run again and fix the partition
| table again. Reboot, same thing...


Vista scoots to new boot, but it's still kinda rooted

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| While Microsoft would like the world to believe that anyone running Windows 
| has no need of any other operating system, that attitude doesn?t cut much 
| mustard with many of its users.
| Why settle for one OS when your PC is easily capable of running two or 
| more?
| [...]
| 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.
| It also argues that an "official" Vista MBR is required for security
| features -- such as measured boot, which works with Trusted Platform
| Module (TPM)-enabled chips to check that the OS hasn't been hacked or
| altered each time it boots -- to work correctly.

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