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    thought I could dual boot win98 and win98

    Hi. I've been having trouble with my CDRW not working when I load new software, so I thought I had a solution that would work. I bought a new 32 GB hard drive (40, but had to do it as 32), split it into 10 gig and 22 gig partitions, and tried to install win98 to the 10 gig partition. My thought was that I could occasionally boot into the new partition where nothing at all besides Windows was loaded to get the cd burner to work consistently and I could then back up my digital pics and other vital files in that manner.

    I got the software installed alright and booted to the E drive and my new copy of Windows came up and everything was just peachy-keen. Then I changed my BIOS to boot to the C: drive first to test that I would still be able to get to my original Windows configuration, and, as you all probably know, it didn't work. I was still in my newly installed windows environment. I watched as the computer rebooted, and some of the files are loading off the C: drive and some are loading off the E: drive. Any ideas on how I can fix this to get everything back to loading from the C: drive, and is there anyway I can dual boot to Win98? Everything I read mentions using two different OS's, not two versions of the same OS. Am I trying to do something that's impossible?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions/comments.

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    Re: thought I could dual boot win98 and win98

    In order to do something like this, you would need to purchase something like Boot Commander, or another boot-management tool. Windows 98 does not have the facilities to set up a true dual-boot system.

    It's not impossible - but it requires third party tools. I can't recommend any since I don't use them, but perhaps someone else can offer some insight.
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    Re: thought I could dual boot win98 and win98

    PowerQuest's BootMagic, which you get with Partition Magic, is a good boot manager.

    I have used it with 98SE and Linux before, so I know it works with 98 <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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