After failing to activate my copy of Windows XP x64 I had to reinstall and will make sure I do activate it now <cough cough>. However, on installation I forgot about the lovely behaviour of Windows. “I’m going to overwrite your MBR without even telling you”. My response was “Fuck off and die” but in and of itself this isn’t very productive.
Instead there are a couple of options:
Doing a mock install or
Backing up the mbr, or using the install CD to access a command prompt
When will MS stop being arrogant and pushy?