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February 5, 2003 9:21:17 PM

I’m thinking real hard about going back to a dual boot. I’d like to plan it before I get tick off and start formatting. I’m also getting tired of doing everything over again. What I was thinking about doing was making an Image of my current WinXP, then make another partition and load Win98, then use the Image of WinXP for I don’t have to load all the drivers and such. Will this work?

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February 6, 2003 12:38:26 AM

I'm not sure of this, maybe somebody can back me up on this one. You should install XP first(no need for the full drivers), so that the master boot record will contain both operating systems and you can dual boot. After both operating systems are installed (first 98 and then XP), you can just overwrite you XP partition with the image you made before hand. This should get you a dual boot with your old XP.

Watch out for the drive letters or you could run into problems when you overwrite your fresh XP with your image. The applications will still look on the old drive letter for the files they need.

As I said I am not totally sure about what I wrote, so get a second opinion before doing anything.

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February 6, 2003 2:26:20 AM

Better to manually reinstall the drivers again.

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February 6, 2003 2:54:53 AM

Well that wasn’t to painful. I made another partition, loaded Win98, ended up doing what you said and loaded WinXP real quit, and then I ran my Image. For the most part it seems to be close to 100%, just one or two hiccup getting a couple programs redirected, but I’m very happy. I just wish I didn’t have all my partition NTFS, because I won’t be able to share with Win98, maybe I’ll switch latter. One weird thing is each OS believes it’s in drive C: If I boot to Win98 it’s drive C, boot to WinXP drive C: guess I don’t have to understand everything. I do know when I made the partition, I said to put it before drive C: Thanks for your help.

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February 6, 2003 2:57:27 AM

I don't think I'll have to load any drivers, the Image took care of that, it's just some programs that I had in other partitions I might have to reinstall.

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February 6, 2003 9:45:45 PM

Yeah, that drive C:\ letter changing can get annoying but I dont know how to stop it. Maybe now you have it setup you can do a drive image of the W98 and XP dual boot in one image and leave it on a drive partition that can be seen in DOS just for kicks. (Can span it as per normal or make it one file even)

I place my images onto a 2nd drive which saves me loading CD's but I still keep a set of Imaged CD's if all goes south!

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February 6, 2003 10:37:03 PM

I’m listening. Come to think of it if I do screw up Win98 and have to put an Image on I’m not sure how that would affect WinXP, there fore I may have to do one or both in certain order. I’m getting confused, but if I Image both at the same time that will make it easier. So what your saying is if I screw up one or the other OS, that this will get them both back to a good state. I haven’t done that, but if that works that would be sweet.

I tried putting an Image on another drive, but for some reason it wouldn’t let me, so I had to use a partition. Any ideal why that may be?


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February 7, 2003 12:16:53 AM

I have a dual boot system like you're thinking of doing. One thing I read in a tech article that was most important-you have to load 98SE 1st, then XP (Microsoft how-to article). I had 98SE on an older HD - I mirrowed that onto a partitiion of a new HD (1st partition), then installed XP on second partition (set up as logical drives C and D (not a dynamic drive). XP will allow you to configure it to boot to whatever OS you want - I change them frequently. I suppose you could use a mirrow of XP and copy to 2nd partition. BTW, it was recommended that both partitions be formatted as FAT 32.
February 7, 2003 12:58:24 AM

Thanks I already have the dual boot set up. I used Partition Magic 8, it was great, because all my partitions were NTFS and I was able to change a NTFS back to Fat32, while keeping the files intact. Now I have 11 partitions four Fat32 and seven NTFS. I don’t know why it would be recommended to have both OS fat, unless of course you’re going to share files, that’s what I use storage for.

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February 7, 2003 1:10:59 AM

You should do two seperate images, one for each OS. It is going to be less trouble if you mess up one of the two. Also I'm not sure if you can do an image of two partitions at the same time, I never tried.

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February 7, 2003 11:50:49 AM

Have you ever run the Image for Win98 on a dual boot and did it affect the other OS? I never had to run the Image for Win98 on a dual boot, it was always WinXP that gave me problems. Because I’m thinking if I have to run both Images anyway both at the same time would be nice.

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