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Is dual-booting worth it? When does it make sense to run two (or more) operating systems on one PC? What are the do's and don'ts of dual-booting? Post your best suggestions for making Windows 2000 cooperate with Windows 95, Windows 98, and Linux.

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by jesselou In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

in my opinion it is both worth and academic in nature on the part of IT students and new
entry professionals in this field since we
could pinpoint their respective defects and learn to overcome them or even discover an
effective resolution in which these operating
system is showing fatal error and gpf's.in short while we have all the os in our supermachine we can also master their respective weaknesses and their treatment.it
is also advantageous to the fun loving gamers
in that they couldchoose which operating system their old games program could well fit into maybe their program's software has been made 8 years ago and earlier in which the new os is incompatible.
about the do's and dont's of dual booting i did not yet experience any difficulty dualbooting win95c with win 98 because i am
using a third party dual boot manager and it
is very elegant to see when it will reach
at your startup menu it will show you windows
98 version 4.10.98 in the other line win95
version so and so it's just like

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by asecret In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

dual-booting can be worth it, it really depends on the user, if you have a genuine need for two (or more) OS's at your disposal then it is definatly alot cheaper then buying extra computers. Dual booting NT with Windows 9x is fairly easy, you can even get NT's OS loader to list 95/98 as an option and have Windows 95/98 use NT's pagefile as well as share most apps between the two which makes this a very clean dual boot posibility. One limitation to keep in mind is that in alot of cases various OS's will use diffrent filing systems so you may have to create seperate partitions of each OS, if this is the case keep in mind also that you will not be able to see other partitions from within a given OS.

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Linux can dual boot with Windows 95/98 through a Linux application called Lilo by adding;
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other=/dev/hda1
table=/dev/hda
label=win95
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into the file, howeverit must be installed after win 95 rewrites the master boot record.

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by rindi1 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

In my opinion it is deffinateley worth installing more than one OS an a machine. That way you can test the pros and cons of the different OS. Win9x for instance is better for games and using older software (dos). Win NT and 2000 on the other hand ismore stable, like linux, too. One difficulty in using more than one OS is the support of your filessytems. At this time NT only supports fat and ntfs, win2000 supports ntfs, fat32 and fat, linux supports fat, fat32 and can read ntfs, win 98 supportsfat and fat32, win95 depends on the version, older ones don't support fat32. So if you need to read all data of all OS installed, your confined to fat and 2GB max size for your partitions.

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by gary In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

my 2c worth
Obviously there are pro's and cons. Dual booting MS os's are relatively simple, booting with others like linux are not for the faint hearted, probably use a 3rd party boot manager?
As end-user probably the only advantage would be to run older or legacy applications. hardware is inexpensive, rather get another cpu with a switch box. As sysadmin/itpro dual booting has advantages. You can have winnt for the daily chores, security, admin etc, and of course win95/8 for network games (oops, did i say that out loud?) Once you have got the boot menu sorted out the only other hassle is access to the different file systems.

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