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How to create a Dual Boot Win 98 and XP?

I did a search in Cnet and found no entries for this particular question....... I want to create a dual boot system. I have beloved programs that will not run in XP.

Have 2 hard drives partioned up C:\ thru I:\.

D:\ and I:\ are on the older hard drive. My CD drives are R:\ and W:\ in case you were wondering....

Installed Win 98 on the secondary master hard drive; the smaller older drive ( 2nd boot in bios). So Win 98 resides in the D:\Windows directory.

I plan to put Win XP on the primary master C:\ Winnt (new Seagate hard drive also, the 1st boot drive in bios).

I tried this configuration previousely and when XP installed it wiped out the D:\Win 98 files instead of ending up as a dual boot.

What did I miss? I installed XP in the FAT format so to be consistant.

I seem to remember having to edit the dos.sys or some other file some years back when I had another eairler Windows versions dual boot system set up.

I don't want to have to buy more software as I know this can be done without it. The directions from Microsft, I followed but they really are not detailed enough for a "do it and see what happens" stay at home "tech" like me. (using the term "tech" very loosley)

Can someone point me to some article about this??? Or better yet just give me instructions???

Thanks,
Patti

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Re:How to create a Dual Boot Win 98 and XP?
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Re:Re:How to create a Dual Boot Win 98 and XP?

Hi Bob, thanks for replying to me so quickly. The article you listed is the one I used to try to install a dual boot system initially.

I first installed Win 98 on a "seperate volumn and drive" (d:\Windows), Fat formatted.

I then installed an oem Windows XP to the other drive on the C: volumn, (C:\Winnt) FAT formatted. The installation created the directory "Winnt".

Both hard drives were connected and powered during installation. I formatted both with the same FAT format.

Did I miss something or misunderstand??? When I installed XP it took out directories and files from Win 98 (D:\Windows).

Should I have given a different "name" to the Win 98 installation? i.e., D:\w98??

I thought I followed the directions from Microsoft exactly which is why I am asking for help and a more detailed article.

I really don't want to have to spend any more money or deal with an os loader. (am "financially challanged" on a Social Security budget)

Thanks, Patti

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Still invalid.

"I first installed Win 98 on a "seperate volumn and drive" (d:\Windows), Fat formatted. "

You should have tried the defaults of 98 on C: There are other articles about this, but I'll leave it to you to hunt it up at http://support.microsoft.com

The XOSL OS loader has been around awhile, but support is tough on such.

Bob

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Re:Re:How to create a Dual Boot Win 98 and XP?

Are you saying that Win 98 should be the boot o/s??? Where you get the black screen where u get O/s choices?? ( that happens in Win 98, I ASSumed it would happen in XP as well) I was working off the downward compapable rule Microsoft sorta invented.
Cheesh......Microsoft......really dumb of them if I'm understanding the problm solution correctly.

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Yes. If you are going to use what's from MS.

Dumb or not, if I just partition space on the boot drive in Fat32, I can install 98 there and 98 will work (after all the drivers and more coddling.)

Then I can boot the XP CD, install that and without much ado, I have a dual boot.

As it's very easy, and it works, I can't say it's "dumb." But what many try is to push the OSes onto other drives as you are trying and you will have issues.

With no direspect I'll write "You're trying too hard."

Bob

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Re:How to create a Dual Boot Win 98 and XP?

Hi
You can have XP where you want it and put 98 where you want then use this free boot loader to boot whichever one you want.
You just have to install the newer os first then older next.
Just the opposite of $soft.
http://www.osloader.com
Regards
MaxieRay

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Re:Re:How to create a Dual Boot Win 98 and XP?

Hi MaxieRay,
Thanks for the info. I checked out the website but they want money and that is not an option open to me. I do appreciate your help!!

Patti

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Re:Re:Re:How to create a Dual Boot Win 98 and XP?

With only win98 and XP you really don't need any third party boot manager; XP should do just fine.

Your problem is the placement of win98. Can you reinstall win98 or are the datas in it cannot be touch? If it can't be touch or don't want to reinstall then you need to hook up the harddrive the old way (as primary master)..then reinstall XP (xp can be install in any partition that you like).

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Re:Re:Re:Re:How to create a Dual Boot Win 98 and XP?

Are you saying that the Win 98 installation should be the "primary" installation?? i.e, C:\Windows????

There is absolutely np problem for me to re install both operating systems as I do not keep any "data" on the o/s drives. All I loose is time re installing all the applications,,,,,,no biggie.

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Re:Re:Re:How to create a Dual Boot Win 98 and XP?

Can install XP to second HHD cable connect to primary or secondary and jumper set to master or slave? Set to active? left alone the 1 st HHD with windows 98.

Thanks in advance

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Re:Re:Re:How to create a Dual Boot Win 98 and XP?

Yes, but if you move the drive after the install, XP in every instance fails.

Bob

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Re:Re:Re:How to create a Dual Boot Win 98 and XP?

How to Set the 2nd HHD jumper? master or slave? set to active?

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Re:Re:How to create a Dual Boot Win 98 and XP?

Hi
this boot loader is free.
I have been using it for a while.
If you register it you loose a few sig lines on boot up but that is all.
to use it is free.
Regards
MaxieRay

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best to boot by changing bios

I do the exact same thing - have 2 hard drives one with XP and the other with 98 - all i do is change the boot disk in my bios - i find this better than booting from one hard disk using dual operating systems - for one reason if one drive fails i always have the other ready to go
Peter

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one other thing - issues with recycling bin&systems restore

u will have to "turn off" norton protected recycling bin and/or have it treating disks separately - also i have found the recycling bin gets reset so u will loose items in it - also i have turned of "systems restore" in winxp for the drive where win98 is located
peter

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