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Dual Boot with WinXP & Win98

  • Windows 98
  • Dual Boot
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
March 10, 2002 1:03:25 AM


Can anyone tell me how to set up a dual boot machine with Windows XP and Windows 98. I find that I have better compatibility with older games with Windows 98 than with Windows XP Professional. Could someone tell me how I can install both OS's on the same hard drive? Also is it possible to load IBM or MS DOS simultaneously as well?

Claude Luu

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March 10, 2002 1:08:17 AM

I have a dual boot going on with my abit kt7a raid system now. Just partition the hard drive and insert your XP installation disk. It will let you format with NTFS (if desired) and then install XP on the blank part of the drive.
March 10, 2002 2:01:40 AM

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March 29, 2002 3:41:38 PM

Don't try to install Win98 and WinXP on the same partition. Totally wipe your hard drive, and re-partition it with 2 partitions.
eg. on a 20GB drive
PARTITION 1: 5GB for Win98
These are my own opinions for partition sizes. I mainly use XP, 98 is only for my son to mess with.

Use a Win98 boot disk and install Win98 on the first partition.
When the installation is complete, boot into Win98, then insert the WinXP CD. Choose the advanced installation procedure, and it will give you the chance to choose the partition you wish to install to. **make sure you choose the second partition**

XP should now do its business and install hassle-free.
When it is installed, you should get a menu on boot to select between Win98 and WinXP.

The above worked for me, but it should work for you.
Hope that helps...

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