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Dual booting

By rajveer_in_love_4u ·
respected sir,
i am having two hard disks one of 4gb and another of 20gb and i am having six partitions in all 2 in 4gb harddisks and 4 in 20 gb harddisk. my pc i s running with windows 98se now i want to install windows xp on it so that i can be able to use both 98 and xp problem is i don't know how to do that can u suggest me step by step process how to do it.
and 20gb harddisk is primary master

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by dmiles In reply to Dual booting

Install WIN 98 first then XP by selecting a fresh install
The C drive usually contains the primary active partition. In a multi-boot system, the primary active partition may also be referred to as the system partition or system startup partition. There will also be one boot partition for each OS installed on the computer. The boot partition can be on any partition of the computer including the system startup partition. To make this clearer, consider your single OS Windows computer. The system startup partition is the C drive and the boot partition is also the C drive. If there is a boot menu, it is read and put on the screen. Once the OS is selected, the boot sector is loaded and the system startup partition is read. This loads the selected OS.

So now you should realize that in order to setup any multi-boot system you should have a partition for each OS. If you want to have a dual-boot system using the same or different version of Windows, Microsoft says you can install the directories in the same partition. However, this can cause problems that will be avoided if you install the OSs in different partitions.

Let's consider one Windows dual-boot setup adding Windows XP to a Windows 98/98SE/ME system. Windows XP is designed to install and work other OSs. (The process would be similar for Windows 2000.) If you have Windows 9X/ME on your hard drive it is probably installed on drive C. Normally it will also be using a FAT32 file system. (If it is a FAT file system, you are limited to a 2 GB partition. FAT32 can use up to 7.8 GB in a single partition. To install Windows XP as a second OS with a dual boot menu do not select the upgrade You must leave the C drive formatted with FAT32 in order for Windows 9X/ME to boot. However, the Win9X/ME will be able to use only the FAT32 partition. If you need to have Win9X/ME read the files created by WinXP, then the new partition should also be formatted with FAT32.

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by dmiles In reply to

Cut and copy the following URL,to print the following step by step instructions

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by shuja52 In reply to Dual booting

Following is the steps
- Boot system into windows 98
- Insert WIndows XP CD
- Copy all files of the CDs into your HDD last partition, in a folder cf WINXP
- run setup file from the said (WINXP) folder
- there will be a pop up menu asking 1. Upgrade (recommended) and 2. New installation, choose 2nd Option.
- next choose "I will select partiton during setup" in advance option,
- skip the online upgrades files option
- now the setup will copy some files into the HDD and after re-booting it will run in DOS mode
- at a stage it will ask to choose the partition, selest 2nd Partition of Primary HDD (5GB).
- making FAT32 or NTFS depends upon yuorself.

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by TranceWarp In reply to Dual booting

suja's answer is good but he left out some pro's & cons of the file systems. If you use the NTFS file system, Win98 can't see files on you're XP partition. XP can read either format.

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