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Win 98 will not boot with Win 2K

By Diplomat1 ·
Win 98 on drive C with FAT16 was working fine . Installed Windows 2K for dual-boot on drive D with FAT32. Now when the laptop starts, it gives me the OS option but when Windows 98 is selected, it says it cannot find the OS.

The hard drive is a single disk paritioned with the primary and logical partitions. I have checked the boot.ini file and the ARC entries are correct. Any ideas what could have gone wrong? I have since installed some stuff on Windows 2K and would not want to lose them as I no longer have the CDs.

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Win 98 will not boot with Win 2K

by squirrel01 In reply to Win 98 will not boot with ...

Explore both partitions using show hidden and system files. You will note that you have a boot.ini file on both partitions. Edit the boot.ini file for the operating system that you installed last and add the arc path for the Windows 98 operating system. I have a similar setup with W2kPro on the first partition and W2kServer on the second partition. My arc path looks like this:[boot loader]
timeout=1
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Server" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

Hope this helps.

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Win 98 will not boot with Win 2K

by Diplomat1 In reply to Win 98 will not boot with ...

Mmmm..I am not sure we are on the righ track or not but here is some additional info to mull over. The boot.ini file on drive D is really a shortcut to the one on C. The boot.ini file currently reads:

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=C:[operating systems]
C:\="Microsoft Windows"
multi<0>disk<0>rdisk<0>partition<2>\Winnt="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

It is interesting to note that this is identical to the configuration on my desktop and that works fine. It is my laptop that refuses to boot Win 98.

Any other suggestions?

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Win 98 will not boot with Win 2K

by Diplomat1 In reply to Win 98 will not boot with ...

Mmmm..I am not sure we are on the righ track or not but here is some additional info to mull over. The boot.ini file on drive D is really a shortcut to the one on C. The boot.ini file currently reads:

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=C:
[operating systems]
C:\="Microsoft Windows"
multi<0>disk<0>rdisk<0>partition<2>\Winnt="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

It is interesting to note that this is identical to the configuration on my desktop and that works fine. It is my laptop that refuses to boot Win 98.

Any other suggestions?

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Win 98 will not boot with Win 2K

by Diplomat1 In reply to Win 98 will not boot with ...

Mmmm..I am not sure we are on the righ track or not but here is some additional info to mull over. The boot.ini file on drive D is really a shortcut to the one on C. The boot.ini file currently reads:

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=C:
[operating systems]
C:\="Microsoft Windows"
multi<0>disk<0>rdisk<0>partition<2> \Winnt="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

It is interesting to note that this is identical to the configuration on my desktop and that works fine. It is my laptop that refuses to boot Win 98.

Any other suggestions?

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Win 98 will not boot with Win 2K

by Diplomat1 In reply to Win 98 will not boot with ...

Mmmm..I am not sure we are on the right track or not but here is some additional info to mull over. The boot.ini file on drive D is really a shortcut to the one on C. The boot.ini file currently reads:

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=C:[operating systems]
C:\="Microsoft Windows"
multi<0>disk<0>rdisk<0>partition<2> \Winnt="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

It is interesting to note that this is identical to the configuration on my desktop and that works fine. It is my laptop that refuses to boot Win 98.

Any other suggestions?

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Win 98 will not boot with Win 2K

by Diplomat1 In reply to Win 98 will not boot with ...

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