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    Installing Backtrack with Windows

    I am a noob, but have experimented with ubuntu and dual booting is easy on it. I have drive C which is windows xp and using the windows xp disk. I made another partition its called drive E which is not formatted and completely empty. How can I install backtrack 3 live Cd on drive E and make it work so when I turn on my computer it shows I can choose to boot xp or backtrack3. I tried installing it before and it only gave me a choice of backtrack and no windows, and it failed to boot saying something about the kernal. Can you guys help me do this properly so it shows both options to boot thanks, also I wiped drive E clean to start from scratch any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Installing Backtrack with Windows

    Did you follow the BackTrack 3 install guide? Did you receive any errors during the installation ?

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    Re: Installing Backtrack with Windows

    You can follow this guide to dual boot windows xp and backtrack 3
    http://intellavis.com/blog/?p=29

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    Re: Installing Backtrack with Windows

    BackTrack has a long history and was based on many different linux distributions until it is now based on a Slackware linux distribution and the corresponding live-CD scripts by Tomas M. (www.slax.org) . Every package, kernel configuration and script is optimized to be used by security penetration testers. Patches and automation have been added, applied or developed to provide a neat and ready-to-go environment.

    For dual booting windows and backtrack, see this
    http://themostboringblogintheworld.w...ady-installed/

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    Re: Installing Backtrack with Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Devasis View Post
    Did you follow the BackTrack 3 install guide? Did you receive any errors during the installation ?
    If you mean the guide from www.offensice-security.com, then i didnt follow setting up the partitions, as i did that with partition magic, via windows.

    I didnt get any errors during installation.

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    Re: Installing Backtrack with Windows

    You might want to use something like GParted to resize your current windows partition. You can make a live CD of it and boot to it to resize the partition.

    Before you resize a windows partition you will want to defrag, run disk cleanup, and a chkdsk to make sure everything is in it's place...then you can follow the instructions to resize the partition.

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    Re: Installing Backtrack with Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Y2kCyK View Post
    If you mean the guide from www.offensice-security.com, then i didnt follow setting up the partitions, as i did that with partition magic, via windows.
    print this transcript and start off at this point:
    * (Now you can start installing bt2)
    * mkdir /mnt/backtrack
    * mount /dev/hda4 /mnt/backtrack/
    * mkdir /mnt/backtrack/boot/
    * mount /dev/hda2 /mnt/backtrack/boot/
    * cp --preserve -R /{bin,dev,home,pentest,root,usr,etc,lib,opt,sbin,va r} /mnt/backtrack/
    * (Note: this has to copy 600+MB and takes a little while, so perhaps have a coffee)
    * mkdir /mnt/backtrack/{mnt,proc,sys,tmp}
    * mount --bind /dev/ /mnt/backtrack/dev/
    * mount -t proc proc /mnt/backtrack/proc/
    * cp /boot/vmlinuz /mnt/backtrack/boot/ (command changed to suit new BT 2.0 file location)
    * chroot /mnt/backtrack/ /bin/bash (returned /dev/pts/0: no such file or directory)

    * (Now you need to alter lilo.conf and write it to the mbr)
    * nano /etc/lilo.conf (you can use your favorite editor to do this)
    * (strip out all comments for clarity, and end up with lilo.conf as follows
    * lba32
    * boot /dev/hda
    * #message = /boot/boot_message.txt (we may not have this file)
    * prompt
    * timeout=1200
    * change-rules
    * reset
    * vga=791

    * #linux bootable partition config begins
    * image = /boot/vmlinuz
    * root = /dev/hda4
    * label = backtrack2
    * read-only
    * #linux bootable partition ends

    * (note: you can get your bootsplash back by giving the command "makesplash" and adding an initrd line to your lilo.conf. When you do this make sure /boot is mounted)

    * #windows bootable partition config begins
    * other = /dev/hda1
    * label = WindowsXP
    * table = /dev/hda
    * #windows bootable partition config ends

    * (save file)

    * lilo -v
    * exit
    * (now reboot).
    search, search, search, man some people get pissed cause we ask dumb questions ( i've done it ALOT) then u r alone....

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    Re: Installing Backtrack with Windows

    http://ethicalhacking.end0.net/?cat=2

    I made the partitions that guy says to make (> Linux swap (512mb)
    > Ext2 partition (10gig) - i also did the 512 fat32 but i dont think its necessary as i can use it in windws and its empty...).

    then i followed this video and installed backtrack on my computer

    http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/redir...d_windows.html

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