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By cthomas ·
Does anyone have any experience with dual booting 2000 Pro with Win98? If so, can you pleae tell me how its done? For example, I have a 2000 pro machine, can I install 98SE on the same partition? Will the 2k install will be smart enough to put a dual boot menu in the sytem start up that will let me choose?

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by TheChas In reply to Dual Booting

In answer to your primary question, NO W2K will not automatically detect that you have installed W98 and go to dual-boot mode.

If fact, should you install W98, it will **** away files needed for W2K to boot.

First question, is the drive formatted as a FAT32 or NTFS volume?
If NTFS, you cannot load W98 onto the drive period.

Best practice for setting up a dual boot PC is to have separate drives / partitions for each OS, and load the oldest OS first.

I recommend that you set up a 3 drive / partition system.
C: W98
W2K
E: shared data files

Remember, you actually have to install any application twice. Once for each OS.
Their are files installed and registry settings that need to change for each OS when some software is installed.
The device drivers are also very different between W98 and W2K.

As an alternative to a new drive and re-installing everything, you could use Partition Magic to partition your existing drive, and Boot Commander to control your dual boot setup.

You can also install a new drive for W98, install it there, and manually edit the W2K boot.ini file to include the dual boot option.

Chas

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by Pan 13 x In reply to Dual Booting

the best way to achieve is to:
create 3 partitions: win98,win2k and programs:
install win98 on the first partitaion (4 gigs)c:
after you have install the win98. Run setup in windows for win2k. install new os. "( the computer will ask where (put it on d: 4 gigs) format it fat32. if you do this as ntfs. when you are in win98 do will not be able to open the drive. once you have installed a fresk copy , the system will create the boot menu for you. All applications ( such as office and other will have to be install twice) once in win98 and then in 2k. just over write the application in the same location. they will bought work.
This is best complete with a compelte system rebuild. start from a clean slate and you can avoid alot of head aches .

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