After installing Xandros 4 Home Edition Premium on my notebook, I’ve installed it on my home desktop, too.
One of the great things about Xandros is that you can install it on one business computer and unlimited non-business computers; of course, some of the add-on licensed software from third parties has other rules, so you should check and comply with them also.
Unlike my problem with the Dell utility partition on my notebook, my desktop installation went perfectly, with Windows XP and Xandros both bootable without other modification.
Until I get all the functions set up in a parallel mode between Windows and Xandros, I’ll probably leave the computer running Windows most of the time and change the default to Windows.
Xandros uses the boot manager that most Linux distributions have used for years, called lilo. It’s easy to add an additional selection to the boot manager. You can use the graphical text editor in Xandros to edit the file /etc/lilo.conf (the /etc directory and the file lilo.conf — as in configuration file for lilo).
I needed to revise this file and update lilo to use the new settings in order to change the default boot from Xandros to Windows_XP.
In the /etc/lilo.conf file, the Windows XP selection had a "label" Windows®_XP, but I didn’t really want the ® in it, so I deleted that character. Then, I added a statement to the file that said:
default = Windows_XP
and saved the file.
The next step was to shift to Administrator mode, get a command window, and type
which will run the program lilo, which will read the file /etc/lilo.conf and which will update the lilo bootloader’s settings.
Now, when I boot the computer, the default is Windows XP. If I want to boot Xandros instead, when I see the boot menu, I just select Xandros and press Enter.