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By ideafixer ·
I have WIN98 operating on my machine. I want to install NT Server 4.0 so I can run Microsoft SQL Server. My hard drive is not partitioned. Is there any way to have both operating systems on my system? I would like the ability to select which operating system to boot from at start up.

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by shmaltz In reply to Duel Operating Systems

You can use Power Quest Partition Magic to do just that. However if you boot to win9x NT is not going to be running. So if you want to have NT running at the same time as win9x you will need 2 computers as there is no way of running to oprating systems on the same machine at the same time.

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by ideafixer In reply to Duel Operating Systems

I do not want both operating systems running at the same time. I want to be able to boot up either from WIN98 or NT. Also, what steps do I need to take as far as installation when I have the hard drive partitioned?

Thanks

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by SyscoKid In reply to Duel Operating Systems

Check this out:

http://www.worldowindows.com/dualboot.html

(delete any spaces in that URL).

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by Woody H In reply to Duel Operating Systems

First you have to make a decision. Either have NT as the first OS, or make your Win98 a Fat 16 partition. I prefer having NT as my first OS.
Second, use partition magic to create 2 partitions, deciding on the size you want/need. Then either convert your current win98 partition to Fat 16, or move it to the end of your HD, creating an empty partition at the beginning or your HD.
Third, go through the NT install, choosing the empty partition.
If you decided to convert your Win98 partition to Fat16 and leave it first, you will not have a dual boot menu that has both OSs on their.
If you decided to make NT your first OS, you need to use a program called Boot Partition to add Windows 98 to your multiboot menu. The command line would look like this:

Bootpart 1 win98.bin "Windows 98"

If you need this program, let me know and I can email it to you. I hope this helps.

Woody

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by mphoffar In reply to Duel Operating Systems

I should be able to just install right over 98 and NT should create the correct boot.ini correctly and give you a little menu to choose whether to boot to 98 or NT. The only problems I've seen that occur out of it is that once and a while the 96 machine sees some stuff in the NT Directory and things go goofy (like seeing a winsock).

The only exception is if your HD is formatted to fat32, you're going to be stuck with using something like partition magic to convert the drive (or create onepartition) that's fat16 (remember NT won't support fat32) to install NT on and also set that partition to active

Good luck to you

Mark

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