I'm a Linux newbie. I installed Linux (Mandrake 8.1) a few months ago on a second partition. I've been using LiLo to boot into either Windows or Linux and have been having no problems with either. It's been working great. I've been slowly learning Linux and having quite a bit of fun with it. However, a few days ago I installed some Windows software that really screwed up my Windows OS (Win98SE) so I just ran the Windows setup disk and fixed things. No problem...everything back to normal. Except it overwrote the master boot record and no longer booted into LiLo. So there was no way (that I knew of) to get into Linux. So I reran the Linux setup hoping it would give me the option of just installing the Linux bootloader. Unfortunately it took me through the entire installation process and I ended up completely reformating the Linux partition and reinstalling everything. All the changes/updates I had made are now gone and I have to start all over. The windows partition is still fine. Not really too much of a big deal because I'm willing to take some chances and make some mistakes as I learn...but is there anyway to avoid this in the future? How can I reinstall the bootloader without overwriting the entire Linux install?