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    Dual Boot Win 2000 and Win 98SE

    Hi,

    I've read various FAQ's on setting up a dual boot machine, but I was hoping someone could answer a fairly simple, but specific question for me.

    My computer has two hard drives; I'm currently running Win 98SE. I am planning to do a complete re-install; all data is backed up. I will be reformatting both drives.

    Can I simply install Win 98 first on the D drive, then once it's up and running install Win 2000 on the (larger and faster) C drive? Is that all there is to it? Do I need to do any partitioning, or are the two drives sufficient? Will all the boot information be on the C drive, even though the Win 98 installation is on D?

    I know afterwards that I will be installing my other programs based on which system I want to run them under - I'm keeping Win 98 mainly for some older DOS and Win 3.1 programs that I'm fond of.

    Lastly, should I have both drives as FAT32, or once Win 2000 is installed, should I use it's file system? If I did, would that impact files that I send to my work computer, which operates under FAT32?

    Okay, maybe this wasn't quite as short a question as I promised! Thanks for any insight.

    John

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    Re: Dual Boot Win 2000 and Win 98SE

    With two drives you have a lot of flexibility. But if you want the dual-boot manager offered by W2k, you may want to keep W98 on C:drive, and W2k on D:drive. My preference would be to unplug the W2k drive, and get the W98 drive booting the the way I want it, then install the second drive and start the W2k install.

    I also prefer to start the W2k install by making a copy of the 4 setup floppy disks from the 'makeboot' folder on the W2k CD, then start the install from floppy 1. After floppy 4 is loaded, you will be given the choice of formatting one or both HDs, the type of format, and which to load W2k on. Having both HDs in FAT 32 is fine. You of course want to avoid over-writing the W98 drive at this point.

    Is the W2k CD a full version, or upgrade version? If it is an upgrade, then you will want to follow the above procedure.

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    Re: Dual Boot Win 2000 and Win 98SE

    Thanks for the info moniq.

    My system currently has a newer (larger, faster) C drive, with the D drive being the older slower drive. So if I would be doing the bulk of my work on Win 2000, you're suggesting that I should switch drives, and make my D drive the newer one, correct? In order for Win 2000 to have dual boot capacity Win 98 must be installed first and on the C drive?

    Thanks again. (And it would be the upgrade version of Win 2000.)

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    Re: Dual Boot Win 2000 and Win 98SE

    The W2k upgrade wants a qualified boot drive before it will load. So get the W98 working first, and W2k will go anywhere you put it. You may find a way to trick the drive letters between C and D, but that should not be a big deal in getting where you want to get. Just accept the dual boot cfg that it offers.

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    Re: Dual Boot Win 2000 and Win 98SE

    I may be mistaken, but by using the upgrade version of W2K, you're giving up your right to use the Windows98 operating system. Can anybody verify that for me?
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    Re: Dual Boot Win 2000 and Win 98SE

    Legally you are correct, one should not be running both the old and the new when installing a "Upgrade" version.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Dual Boot Win 2000 and Win 98SE

    Always assumed that 'upgrade' meant the old qualifying product cannot be moved to 2nd PC.

    Do we have a legal interpretation somewhere?

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    Re: Dual Boot Win 2000 and Win 98SE

    Read the EULA came with the upgrade. It will tell ALL.

    One MS EULA states
    "After upgrading, you may no longer use the product that formed the basis for your upgrade eligibility."

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Dual Boot Win 2000 and Win 98SE

    Then that legally outlaws dual-boot from the upgrade version???

    Guess this subject goes moot with Product Activation.

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    Re: Dual Boot Win 2000 and Win 98SE

    If the system is dual boot, then you can only use one o/s at a time. So are you ever technically using both? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>
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    Re: Dual Boot Win 2000 and Win 98SE

    If you install 2k on NTFS, that partition will be invisible to '98; but that doesn't cause me any problems. If you want a large partition size, NTFS is more efficient; and if you are on a network, I think NTFS will be better for security.

    If one drive is significantly faster, there is no reason why you shouldn't install 2k to the same drive - as long as you don't mind it being to drive E:, as the primary partition of the second drive will always be D:.

    Even if 2k is on NTFS, you can save files to and read from FAT32. I have my dual boot set up so that 2k and Me share the same My Documents location and email store folder, with no problems.
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