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Partitioning problems

By Lord Foul ·
Original set-up....

2 physical HDD
1 x 16GB - partitioned to 1 x 6GB and 1 x 10GB
6GB partition has Windows 98SE
1 x 40GB - Partitioned to 2 x 20GB
Ist partition has Windows XP Pro

What I did....

Tried to upgrade 98SE to Windows 2000Initial message said I could not upgrade because of multiple operating systems on the machine (something about shared files)
On hitting OK, a window offering a clean install of W2K popped up. So I proceeded to install (this is onto the 6GB W98SE partition)

The result....

Start sequence now offers 3 options
Windows 2000 Pro
Windows XP Pro
Windows 98SE

Boots to W2K ok, boots to W98SE ok, will NOT boot to XP (message says something like 'cannot open Windows 2000...???')
On checking(boot to 98SE) it looks like W2K installed to the same partition as 98SE (so 2 operating systems on the same partition)

What I need....

Only W2K on the 1 x 6BG partition
XP Pro on the other (20 GB) partition
Access to my XP environment
Another concern....

If I formatted the W98SE/W2K partition, can I install W2K while XP Pro ALREADY resides on the machine? (don't really want to format that part if I can help it)

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to Partitioning problems

No guarantees on this as I have not tried it myself. But I did read that if you want to have multiple MS operating systems and on is Win XP you have to load this LAST and in a seperate partition.

From your post it sounds as if Win2K will NOT loadwith Win98 as an optional boot.

Thus you may need to clearout the Windows directory on the Win98 Disk and load Win2K on it, then reload Win XP on the other disk.

Personally I would go with just the Win XP Pro, but I gather you have some applications that are not XP compatible or updateable.

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by Lord Foul In reply to Partitioning problems

XP was loaded last.
In the end i had to unpartition existing drives, i added a seperate HDD (3 in total) and then loaded the os's

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by Lord Foul In reply to Partitioning problems

message I get when trying to boot XP is:

"Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or


....does that give any clues?

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