It is possible to create a dual-boot configuration, which allows the choice of booting Ubuntu and another operating system, such as Windows XP. To configure your system for dual-booting, you must first install Windows and then install Linux. Note that many Windows system-restore CD-ROMs wipe out all data on your hard drive, including Linux. During installation of Ubuntu, you install the GRUB Linux bootloader in the primary drive's Master Boot Record, or MBR. When properly configured, GRUB allows your system to reboot to Windows or Linux. See Chapter 17, "Backing Up, Restoring, and Recovery," for information on using GRUB, or browse to http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/ to read the GRUB manual.
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