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question about Dual boot with 98 and xp

by eskiedad / February 1, 2009 10:12 PM PST

Forgive me if this is the wrong forum.
Question: I had a 160G which I Partitioned into c: primary and D: ext formatted NTFS. I just got a 640G Partitioned e: primary and 2 ext f and g. Can I move win xp from C: to E: and then format C: as fat32 and install win 98 and give me a dual boot system? I need 98 as XP won't support some of my older software. I don't want to lose 130G of info I already have

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Not easily
by Jimmy Greystone / February 1, 2009 10:16 PM PST

Not easily, but then in the day of the virtual machine, dual booting is really kind of a thing of the past. Just download something like VirtualPC and load Win98 into a virtual machine and run it that way. No mess involved with dueling bootloaders, since Win98's will obliterate XP's without even asking, no hassle of trying to migrate an existing installation to another partition, etc.

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I wonder . . .
by Coryphaeus / February 1, 2009 10:40 PM PST
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if I could use VPC to install Win7?

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The fallout of this is so bad you'll scream.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2009 10:57 PM PST

"can I move win xp from C: to E:"

Yes, but even with the bootloader repaired XP will not run. Yes, you moved it proper but XP does not tolerate such moves and promptly ceases to function.

I've done this and to prove the move was good I moved it back and it worked fine. Go figure.

Let's look at how to install 98 after XP! Read http://www.petri.co.il/install_windows_98_after_windows_xp.htm

This was written in the days prior to drives larger than 127GB so you need to do more research.

-> Let's be honest. It's a royal mess and why not run 98 inside the free Virtual PC and skip all the trouble?
Bob

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