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Multi Boot 3 OS' - 7, XP and 98SE

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December 13, 2009 7:23:15 PM

Hi all,

Is it possible to run the 3 OS', 7, XP and 98SE via a multi boot setup and if so can anyone advise on how to do this or maybe have a link to a Tutorial showing how it can be done.

Reason i ask is i am looking to play some old school games that you just cant play regardless of Compatibility Mode and other 3rd party apps.

Any help would be greatly appreciated,

Thanks

Mick

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a b $ Windows 7
December 13, 2009 7:37:29 PM

Option 1 - Install the OS's oldest 1st on one HD.

Here's a toll to make it easy

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=11

Option 2 (Preferred)

Install each OS on it's own HD, choose which to boot of of from BIOS on startup.

Win98 gonna be an issue as it wants FAT32 and XP / Win7 want NTFS...that's why I like option 2.


Option 3 - Commo Win7 Pro or Ultimate and use XP Mode on HD 1 / Win98 on HD 2
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December 13, 2009 7:39:09 PM

Depending on your hardware and what old school games you want to play virutualization may be your best bet rather that a tri-boot setup. Virtual Box is a very good, and free, virtualizer.

If you post system specs we could let you know if virtualization is a possiblility.

I have used it for many old 16-bit windows games.
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a c 215 $ Windows 7
December 13, 2009 7:40:10 PM

Option 3:

Use XP and Windows 98 in VMware. Version 3 of VMware player is free, and can now create it's own VM images.
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December 13, 2009 7:53:52 PM

Thanks for the quick replies, i will try to be quick in responding lol.

Dell 630m Laptop
Pentium 1.8GHZ Single Core
2GB RAM
80GB HD
Integrated Intel 915GM 128MB Shared

I have tried using Dox Box and Scumm VM and some games work and some dont eg Fallout 1 doesnt load and Fallout 2 has some crazy hallucinogenic colours all over the screen. I will try Virtual box and see if that does the trick.

I am also interested in using VMWare but was unsure of which version to use and was worried that maybe my laptop wouldnt be able to cope with it due to the specs.

I am also tinkering of getting 160GB HD and just splitting into 4 partitions (7, XP, 98SE) ad using the other one to store music, etc incase i ever need to format a drive.
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December 13, 2009 7:56:44 PM

I would give it a try (virtualization) and if that doesn't work there is always multi-boot.
If you want to use vmware try vmware player.

Best of luck.
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a b $ Windows 7
December 13, 2009 7:58:46 PM

I would doubt that you would get 98 to run on modern hardware. It certainly wouldn't look at my system, which isn't even that modern.
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December 13, 2009 8:02:22 PM

@ijack

Thats my other worry, getting the correct drivers for 98, especially graphics and sound.

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I will give Virtual Box a try and if that doesnt do the trick I'll try VM Ware.

Thanks ppl
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a c 215 $ Windows 7
December 13, 2009 9:36:32 PM

TheWhiteZombie said:
@ijack

Thats my other worry, getting the correct drivers for 98, especially graphics and sound.

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I will give Virtual Box a try and if that doesnt do the trick I'll try VM Ware.

Thanks ppl


What would you be doing in 98 where you would need proper drivers for non-virtualized hardware? Gaming?
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December 14, 2009 12:35:19 AM

Actually, the hardware may not support 98SE at all. Most modern hardware will only be recognized by Windows 2000 and above, sometimes not even 2000 (IIRC).
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a b $ Windows 7
December 14, 2009 4:22:43 AM

All new vid cards only have drivers available for XP +... and given a couple more years XP support will probably begin to fade as well. It actually surprised me when I had sound with DOSBox on this laptop... given that it uses a Realtek HD audio codec. Win 9x is simply not supported anymore... you will not find drivers for any modern hardware. Have you tried compatibility mode in XP for some of your older Windows stuff?
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