multiple booting question

By desidud ·

i tried to had Win98,2000,xp,2003 as my multiple boot. started with win98 but when it came to "installing hardware compnents' part with some 8 mins remaining it showed this 'your multi-funtional device (Standard Dual PC IDE controller) has some child device using 32-bit drivers and other using compatibility mode drivers. This configuration is not supported, so your computer has been halted to prevent corruption"

i m having 160GB SATA HD,AMD athlon dual core

then i had win2000, XP & server 2003 running successfully as my multiple boot option installed on different drive. with drive C as my active partition having win2000 in it.

i tried to install vista with DVD ROM as 1st boot device but it kept showing error some file/driver missing windows\system32\drivers\fltmgr.sys

i tried to install vista after booting with XP. installation started but after copying files PC restarted n then nothing happened...blank screen, not even the multiple boot options anymore.

i reformatted my HD, installed XP & then successfully installed Vista but then i installed win2000 & woof! Vista was gone from boot option though the files were there in the drive but now i had XP & 2000 as boot option.

is it possible to have all 4 as multiple boot option? if yes then whats the proper order of installation? if no then which all Windows OS can co-exist with Vista as part of multiple boot.

have few more queries regarding multiple booting with linux but later :)

looking forward to answers,

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SATA and Windows 98

by TheChas In reply to multiple booting question

I think your main problem here is Windows 98 and your SATA drive. Windows 98 was never a SATA aware OS, and getting it to boot from a SATA drive is an accomplishment.

I'm pretty sure that the error message is coming from the Windows 98 boot system.

In all seriousness, since Windows 98 requires a FAT 32 partition and all your other OS options work best on NTFS volumes, I would install Windows 98 on an IDE drive all by itself.

The next question, is why do you want or need Windows 98?
It is going to be very difficult to find plug-in cards and other devices that have drivers for both Windows 98 and Vista.

As to the other part of your question, when you installed Windows 2000, it replace the BOOT.INI file and perhaps even the boot loader with it's version. It is always best to install the operating systems of a multi boot configuration in age order.

You should be able to get Vista back by performing a repair installation. If you are fortunate, you might even be able to get Vista back by editing the boot.ini file and adding the option to boot to Vista.

With what you are trying to do, it might be worth it to invest in a boot manager. System Commander is but 1 software solution.


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