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By 92gmctruck ·
I have a big question! I have a new laptop with xp home on it.i have a older laptop with nothing but dos files on it.they are diagnostic programe for motors.all the programs are only about 10 mgs. i need to set up part of my drive for that.I know that it will have to be a dual boot. but how do i do it?

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by TheChas In reply to dos

First, see if the program will run in DOS compatibility mode.

If it does, you will save yourself a LOT of hassle.

If the program will not run under XP, there are 2 options for setting up a dual-boot environment.

You can use programs such as Partition Magic to divide your drive into 2 partitions.
Then, you can use a program like System Commander to set up a dual-boot system.

Or, you can start over from scratch.
BACK UP ALL data and other important files before proceeding!!!!!

Boot from a W98 startup disk.
Run fdisk, and delete the non-DOS or primary DOS partition
Partition the drive into a small primary DOS partition of say 100MB or so.
I might even go to 1GB if you have the drive space.
Install DOS onto the primary partition C:

Install XP onto the drive (extended partition)

I don't know if XP will recognize DOS and setup a dual boot system.
If not, you will need to edit the boot.ini file that XP will create in the root of the C: drive to include the option to boot into DOS.

For further information, check out the dual boot articles at
and the boot.ini command reference at
For fdisk, check out the links at

Remove any spaces from the pasted links.


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by wlbowers In reply to dos

Get a copy of Virtual PC.

This will allow you to create a Virtual Machine on your XP machine. No need to endure the hassels of dual boot.

They can be running at the same time.


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