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Vista SP1 Incompatible with Linux Bootloader in Dual Boot Systems

Posted by rjbiii on July 31, 2008

Hmmm. Trouble for those with dual boot systems who are not using Microsoft’s Vista bootloader:

[T]he update performs a “chain of trust” integrity check on the system’s boot sequence, from the onboard TPM chip, through the MBR and into the operating system itself. In a dualbooting scenario where the Vista bootloader has been replaced (eg: with GRUB or LILO), the integrity check fails and the update aborts, halting the service pack installation.

Microsoft Technology Advisor Michael Kleef finds a silver lining:

“However, it’s actually a very good thing that the update and the servicing fail in this scenario, because you can just imagine the implications if the update automatically reinstalled the Vista MBR to restore boot integrity – we’d be flooded with complaints.”

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