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Dual Boot System

By abhinav2104 ·
I have a dual boot system, with win98 on c drive and winxp on d drive(d was created aftr partitioning c). Now i want to install winxp in c drive(primary partition) ie have a dual boot system with 2 xps loaded on the same hard disk.

How do i do this? if i use the xp cd to overwrite win98, will it give an error? Will there be any problem?

98 has fat32 filesystem while xp has ntfs.

PS:- I want both xp's on the same hard disk, not seperate ones and also not different accounts for the same copy of xp.

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Read it over and over

by tintoman In reply to Dual Boot System

I have read your question over and over and for the life of me I cannot think of a single reason good or bad why you would want to do this
However you will need to delete the primary partition of windows 98 then create a new partition formatted to NTFS during XP set up.

However there would almost certainly be licensing issues here with loading XP on the same machine twice with the same license key, you might well be breaking the law

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by abhinav2104 In reply to Read it over and over

Well sir, regarding your question of licensing, i have 2 genuine copies of winxp, so thats not an issue.

All i want is to have 2 copies of xp loaded on the same hard drive in 2 different partitions. 1 copy is already there and i want to install the 2nd copy over win98.

The doubt/question i am facing is that if i install xp using the bootable disk, thereby overwriting win98, will the other partition (ie d drive), become corrupt or will it run fine. I dont want that part to be "harmed" in any way.

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OK I'm lost as well here

by OH Smeg In reply to Dual Boot System

PS:- I want both xp's on the same hard disk, not seperate ones and also not different accounts for the same copy of xp.

What exactly do you want to achieve?

As for installing XP twice onto the same HDD but different Partitions you would have to wipe the Drive and start fresh as you'll loose the Dual Boot Option when you delete/Overwrite or whatever to 98. This partition has all the Boot Files on it.

However using a FAT32 Partition with XP isn't an issue and if necessary you can convert this to a NTFS Partition by using the CLI to change the Partition Type. That is available in the help files to on the actual computer.

Will there be any problem?

Yes the copy of XP that is currently loaded will no longer work and you'll lose the Dual Boot Option. However a Upgrade from 98 to XP would work quite nicely.

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by abhinav2104 In reply to OK I'm lost as well here

Thanks for the reply. So if i want to have to copies of xp loaded on the same hard disk, then i should format the whole hard drive and create the partitions again, loading a copy in each partition?

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No Need

by IC-IT In reply to to OH Smeg

You may easily install XP on the C: drive.
While installing you may format the partition if you want a clean install. The new XP will see the install on and will be a dual boot.
Edited to add; If you want an upgrade install keeping all of the 98 programs and files then you should run the Upgrade Wizard to remove any incompatible programs. Also run an updated virus and malware check. Some virus like to lie dormant in Win 9X and rear their ugly heads when an NT install is there.

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by abhinav2104 In reply to No Need

If i have correctly understood you,you are saying that installing xp on c drive(the primary partition) will not affect the other partition .

But Mr OH Smeg says that the other partition will not work.

This has added to my confusion!!

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It will work

by IC-IT In reply to To bwilmot

He is right in that it initially will wipe out your boot.ini settings, however it also will rebuild it.
Should a weird instance occur (in that it only builds the new install), you would only need to boot into the Recovery Console and run
Bootcfg /Add

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by abhinav2104 In reply to It will work

thnx for the help...

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Your Welcome

by IC-IT In reply to to bwilmot

I take it everything came out OK then?
If so would you consider marking the answer as helpful, so that others in a similiar situation may also find the answer?

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