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How to dual boot operating systems

By tayoajayi ·
I just bought a 40GB hard disk and i would like to partition the hard disk into three with the following OS installed: MS windows XP(25GB), windows 2000 server(10GB) and windows server 2003(5GB). How can i go about this?

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by marccouture In reply to How to dual boot operatin ...

You have many options to choose from.

All of the OSes you mention support dual-booting out of the box. This means that if you install an OS with one of the others already installed, it should automatically support a dual-boot configuration. Adding another OS is simply a matter of installing the third OS on top of the others. I would recommend starting from the oldest OS (Win2K Server), partition the drives according to the schema you describe above, then
install XP, followed by Win2003 Server.

A second option would be to use a dedicated utility to prep your drives beforehand. System Commander is well known in this area, you can find more info on it at

Lastly, you could also use emulation to run your OSes within one host, e.g. using something like Virtual PC or VMWare. This option leaves much to be desired performance-wise, but if all you want is to test and/or use alternative servers for very specific tasks, this could be a real time saver. I would recommend using XP as the host, with servers running as images as required.

Good luck!

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by vincent_angeles80 In reply to How to dual boot operatin ...

1.using any windows os that you have described you can use it to partition your hard disk. just insert the installer in the cd-rom and it will automatically enter the setup mode. you will be given an option to choose wether you like to install it now, or make partitions on your hard disk. if you choose to make partitions it will prompt you to indicate the size of the hard disk that you want to use. press enter to setup.
after finishing the installation of the os of your choice you can use the disk management utility to partition the remaining spaces on your hard disk.
2.insert the next os that you want to install(reboot it first) and then choose the appropriate partition to install it.
3. use step 2 to install the last os.

p.s. if i were you i would opt for installing win98, winXP pro, and win2K3 server for backward compatibility and feature related stuffs.
and you should make a separate partition for your data just in case.... :)

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