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Dual-Booting Primer

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  • Windows XP
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Last response: in Windows 95/98/ME
September 1, 2003 5:34:09 PM

What is the best way to install XP, after 98SE, to get a happy dual boot machine?

1. I've heard some suggest doing it inside 98.
2. Install from XP's bootable CD, and don't worry about 98.
3. Copy i386 folder to hard drive and invoke winnt.exe

There must be one really right way!

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September 2, 2003 1:17:54 AM

Well I'm using two hardrives 98SE on one with XP on the other, but my M/Bs CMOS settings allow me to select the Hardrive I want to boot from, IDE 0, or IDE 1, or IDE 3, or IDE 4, I like doing it that way in lieu of possibly loosing everything, You see that way if one drive fails, I just boot from the other one and I'm back in business, and with the transferring capabilities XP has I can keep important files on both drives even with 98SE running FAT 32, and XP running NTFS file systems, so no data loss when trouble comes.

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September 2, 2003 9:26:40 PM

System Commander 7 is a great tool for managing the dual boot process through software., I think. It is SOOO easy, no primer needed.

Another method (hardware) that I've used in the past is to have the following configuration:

IDE 0 - Master - Removeable Hard Drive (WinXP?)
IDE 0 - Slave - CDROM
IDE 1 - Master - Win98 drive
IDE 1 - Slave - CDRom or another Hard Drive or unused

I use a "Mobile Rack" brand "removeable frame for 3.5 HDD". It costs $20 and looks something like this one:

The idea is this. When the removeable drive is out, the Win98 drive is the first hard drive and is therefore bootable.

When the removeable drive is IN, it is seen as the first hard drive and is bootable.

I have used this as both a dual-boot system AND a fail-safe system (ie. having a backup hard drive identical to my regular drive in case of corruption or virus attack. The backup drive sits in a drawer until needed. My sister's kids are constantly breaking her computer, so she is the one with the fail-safe system. Disaster strikes and Ghost comes to the rescue.)

a) The removeable drive is considered "out" when it is not locked. I suppose that is to protect the user against accidently removing the drive when the computer is running (which could destroy the drive and/or motherboard, etc)
b) I recommend unplugging the Win98 drive when you are configuring the removeable drive, just to protect yourself against any fat-fingered accidents. It takes only seconds to plug the drive back in again.
c) ALWAYS turn the computer off and ground yourself (at least by touching the chassis) before unplugging IDE cables or power connectors OR removing the removeable drive.
d) On some systems, you might need to make the CDROM the Master and the removeable drive the slave.
e) On some systems, this configuration won't work very well because the CDROM will need a jumper change to switch between "Master in a single-drive system" and "Master in a 2-drive system" (ie. when the removeable drive is IN). I have always been able to make it work, though, without any need to open the case after the initial config. Maybe I'm just lucky.
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September 3, 2003 4:04:51 AM

Those are excellent choices, and I have heard from others who have used the two HD system about it's benefits.

In this particular case, there is one hard drive with 98SE. I'd like to nail down the real BEST way to add XP, and have a happy dual boot.
September 3, 2003 8:30:28 PM

its amazing how complicated people can make a simple question. just install xp to another partition of the drive. ive never done it on the same drive and i dont know if its possible. you can do this with all ms os' you just have to do them in order, if you install xp then 98 you will screw it up. cs game server -
September 3, 2003 10:05:24 PM

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September 4, 2003 9:57:10 AM

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How do you do it?

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September 4, 2003 4:02:17 PM

It's easy. First off, I'm very familiar with using various search engines. Secondly, I have over 2,300 links in my Favorites folder(s), because I've done a great deal of troubleshooting in the past, both at work, and online. This means, when someone asks an oft-repeated question on a forum, I usually have a link or two stored away addressing the issue.

The hard part is periodically going through all those links and keeping them active.

That's all there is to it. :smile:


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