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    Dual OS Help Please

    I have been given a new PC at work with Win2kPro and Office 2000. At home I'm running 98SE. The home pc has a 30gig HD partioned C: w/19.5g and D: 9.07g.

    I am thinking of loading Win2K & Office 2000 on my D: so that I can do some work at home. (I think I have read most of the posts on this but am still somewhat confused.) So here,from this novice are a few questions.
    1. Is this doable? How? Step by Step please.
    2. I have an HP printer. HP says unistall printer drivers for win95/98 before upgrading to Win2k. because of conflicts. Must I do this? Shouldn't I retain the current driver for use with 98?
    3. What about Data files etc. Will I need to keep 98 files on C: and 2000 files on D:

    Thanx for any suggestions, comments step by steps etc. They will be welcomed.

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    Re: Dual OS Help Please

    First off, check that your company's site license allows multiple installations on non-networked machines : otherwise straight away what you are contemplating is illegal and amounts to software theft. No-one can 'give' you Microsoft products; you are merely leasing them if you are the legal purchaser.
    Assure us on that point, and we can go ahead. Sorry if this sounds ott, but MS Office and Win 2kP amount to several hundred dollars worth of programs. In the event you're caught, it would not be pleasant.
    In the next MS operating system (XP) you can't even do this legally...
    Sorry to sound such a wet blanket, but also asking for 'step by step instructions' for what you might be able to do is rather like saying 'I can ride a bicycle, now teach me to drive a car by phone' Not easy. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Dual OS Help Please

    A good heads up MC.
    Actually the company is willing to subsidize my purchase of win2k should it prove a feasible option. Before laying out any number of $'s I need to know if my home pc will suffer or not. I have been doing quite a lot of stuff at home because the company didn't have a pc. Only the unix system for running point of sale.

    Does this also mean if I purchase a programme and install it on my pc. I must go out and purchase another one for my laptop?
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    Re: Dual OS Help Please

    "and purchase another one for my laptop" depending of the software maker.

    I have Win 2K installed on my D drive Windows 98 on the C drive. I reinstall all software on both drives, this way when you uninstall it on one OS it will NOT remove it from the other. I use a Common folder(s) data storage. You can use either or both drives, but you will just have to watch where the files saving is going. I even share one common PST file for my Outlook 2000 which I run on both OS's.

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    Re: Dual OS Help Please

    I guess my 1st question should have been more in the lines of "If I load W2k as a second OS, how do I 'control' the boot? Is there some code? programme? that is needed to enable my home pc to boot to the OS I want to work in? Forgive me in my confusion and nervousness.
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    Re: Dual OS Help Please

    If you run the Windows 2000 setup program, it will automatically detect and configure your existing OS into the boot menu. Windows 95/98/ME will appear as "Microsoft Windows", and if you're feeling froggy you can change this after setup.

    You will need to re-install any applications you wish to use under each OS - Office for example - although it will not destroy the existing install. It creates entries in the Windows registry that allow it to operate.

    Your "confusion and nervousness" is not something that needs forgiving....this is a task that many would not dare to undertake! Good luck to you.
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    Re: Dual OS Help Please

    Just after you get the boot-up beep, you will be presented with a list of installed operating systems. You should find this will default to W2K being the automatic option, with W98 as the second. You will have 30 seconds to change from W2K.
    To change this, from W2K:
    Right_Mouse My Computer > Properties
    Advanced | Startup & Recovery
    You can change which you want to automatically start with, and also adjust the delay.

    During the boot menu countdown, hitting any key will stop the countdown - you then use your arrow keys to select which OS you want and hit return.
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    Re: Dual OS Help Please

    Mark: Thank you for responding.
    If I understand you correctly I would be able to install w2k on D: without having to change anything on my C: (where all my programmes and data are currently). And that I would have to install those programmes that are compatible with w2k onto D:
    Correct? I don't have to format C: or D: to do the dirty deed?

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    Re: Dual OS Help Please

    Read the little booklet that comes with Windows 2000. There is a small section about dual booting and controling where to install Win 2K.
    Check out <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=book&Number=4003&page=1&vie w=collapsed&sb=5&o=0&part=> Books and ezines</A>, this is a great book

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    Re: Dual OS Help Please

    You are correct. No format required.

    Windows 2000 setup will ask you for the partition that you want to install to, and also offer the option to format it if you wish. If you have nothing on D:, you may want to allow setup to do that. Personally, I use the NTFS files system native to Windows 2000 for its performance benefits, but there are also drawbacks to this approach (it requires more overhead from the PC for example). And I allow setup to do this for me.

    As far as the programmes that you refer to, you do not need to install them onto D:, you simply need to run the setup program for them and re-install them over the existing locations to allow Windows 2000 to see them.

    A note of caution when reinstalling applications: make sure that you install the same versions! Office is a great example - if you installed Office 2000, without any service packs, and then updated it via the Internet, overwriting the existing office installation with older files will surely cause instability and problems. In special cases like that, you may want to install it into D:.

    Good luck Joan, I applaud you for researching your options first! I'm usually the tye to charge headlong into something, blow it up, and ask questions later - but at least I learn something. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    PROBLEM!!!

    bbcirly's C: drive is 19.5GIG.

    Win 2000 will not boot from a partition that starts after the 1024 cylinder boundary = approx. 8GIG.

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    Re: PROBLEM!!!

    Maxq,
    Can you quote your source on this statement?
    It would be most useful.
    Thanks,

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    Re: Dual OS Help Please

    I also have a 30 GB hard drive and installed 2000 on my 98 machine with no problems. There is no 8 GB restriction!
    Let me also clear up something else, if you want to have programs work on both OS's you need not waste disk space by installing in two locations. All you need do is go to your new 2000 OS and install all your 98 apps in the same directory you did for 98. Just make sure to reapply updates in both. Note: I am not saying you can get by with only installing programs once and have them show in both OS's. I am only saying you don't need to install them in two different places.
    Also your boot menu can also be changed by editing the Boot.ini file but be very careful and make a back up first! I will be happy to help with any other questions you may have.

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    Re: Dual OS Help Please

    Leif: You're the best. You gave me the answer to a question I was too ignorant to ask. What you said sure helps in my understanding. You should be teaching!Thank you again.
    Joan

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    Re: Dual OS Help Please

    Mark: Thank you for your response. It has sure helped me in my understanding of the whole operation of this topic. I am often at a loss for the correct nomclature and terminology so that others can understand what I'm trying to achieve. You have gotten through that and pointed me in the right direction. It is most appreciated.
    I'm not sure I will proceed with this but I thank you for your insights and explanations.
    Joan

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