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    Multi boot systems

    Hi,

    I read the November 2001 postings about multi-booting, but many of them were concerned with Win 95, which I no longer use. I have a PC with three physical drives (C,D,E) and I currently dual boot Win 98SE (D) and Win 2000 . Through my school I can get Windows XP at a ridiculously low price. I'm very happy with my current system, but I wouldn't mind giving XP a test drive. Can I set up XP to triple boot on my PC? When I install it, should I do it while running 98 or 2000?

    Thanks for any help!

    John DeA

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    Re: Multi boot systems

    First of all are you sure that you are running Win98SE on the D drive? It requires to be installed on the C drive unless you are using a third party boot controller like "BootMagic" from the makers of Partition Magic, which makes any of the bootable drives the C drive and the others are hidden when not selected as the boot drive.

    I am running a triple boot system, using the MS boot loader that comes with Win 2K and XP. I have Win 98 FE on C, Wind 2K on F and Win XP Pro on G. With this setup up I select which OS I want to boot into, and I can access ALL of the drives. This has worked just fine for me.

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

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    Re: Multi boot systems

    Yes, I am running Win 98SE on the D Drive. I should have clarified - the boot files Windows 98 uses are in the root C: directory, but the Windows, Program Files, and My Documents folders are all on D. I installed Win 98 first, then installed Win 2000 with the WinNT and all the other folders on the C Drive. It works just fine as is, and I can access all my drives.

    So you're saying that I can use the MS boot loader that comes with Win 2000 to install Win XP on my E drive, and thus have a triple boot machine, right?

    Thanks for the info!

    John

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    Re: Multi boot systems

    Actually, you can use the WIndows XP boot loader. If you opt for a "clean install" when setup prompts you, it will replace the Windows 2000 OS loader and should give you all three options automatically, no editing required.
    -Mark

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    Re: Multi boot systems

    Your right Mark, I should have stated that <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>.

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

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    Re: Multi boot systems

    You probably know this already, but it'll bear repeating : with a multiboot system, if you want your NT files to be readable when your Win9x is operative, opt for formatting any partiton where you might get the option as FAT32, not NTFS.
    Slightly more off topic : if you want to upgrade a Win 98 set-up to XP, you can roll back (provided you've not destroyed and saved files). If you upgrade Win 2k, you cannot roll back.
    Rgds

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