See the Yo tutorial on creating a boot floppy The boot process will be controlled by the MS/Windows boot loader.In order to boot the Linux drive, insert the floppy or CD with the Linux boot loader (Lilo or Grub) and boot from the floppy or CD.Upgrades: I have been upgrading versions of Red Hat since 5.2. Older versions may require downloading drivers separately and introducing them during install.Using a separate drive for Linux is the easiest and the preferred multi-boot configuration because it allows the original Windows drive to remain intact.Another dual boot system option is to install the Linux boot loader on a floppy or CD.The Linux boot loader can be installed on the MBR of the floppy.Note: Re-partitioning a drive will destroy all data on the drive unless a tool such as partition magic or fips is used. Partition Magic would be a wiser choice for those pursuing this approach.
An additional hard drive may be used for Linux or an existing drive may be sectioned into two or more partitions.
Linux may also reside as the only operating system on the computer as is preferred by those creating a server.
Upon boot-up, the NT loader is activated and then it loads lilo or Grub to boot Linux. Red Hat 7.2 introduced Grub as the default boot loader.) In this instance, lilo (or Grub) does not reside on the Master Boot Record (MBR) as it would for a Windows 95 or Linux only installation.
Instead lilo (or Grub) will install on the first sector of the root partition. The latest releases of the Linux kernel will have the best chance at supporting newer hardware.
You have two choices, a single Operating System (OS) or a multi-boot system.
Many desktop users like to run Linux in addition to Windows on an existing PC.