|Full Guide to OS Dual Booting
Updated on November 08, 2000 by Thomas
McGuire - Page 4/9
first task is to load Windows 2000 & make an ERD
(Emergency Repair Disk). Click
on Start, Programs, Accessories, System
the Emergency Repair Disk button & follow the
on-screen prompts. You should also Tick the box to
backup the registry also.
backup the following files from the root directory, e.g. C:\,
to a floppy disk;
arcsetup.exe, BOOT.INI, NTDETECT.COM, NTLDR.
Although the first 2 probably wonít ever be needed they
seem to be installed there when dual booting so, better safe
than sorry. These files can be used in situations where the
Boot Loader has been corrupted/broken in some way, simply
copying them back into C:\ can fix the problem
encountered, e.g. Installing Windows Me over Windows 98 may
delete many of those files, & as a result break your
Dual boot capability.
Windows 2000. Right click on My Computer, select Properties.
Select the Advanced tab, then the Startup &
the Default operating system drop down menu to select
the Default Operating System to be loaded during
boot-up. This default operating system is loaded assuming a
different choice is not selected in the Boot Loader or the
timeout for making a selection expires.
list of operating systems for. Tick this setting
to enable a list of bootable Operating Systems to be
displayed during boot-up & the amount of time (In
seconds) that the list will be displayed for before loading
the Default operating system. This menu can be used
to select which Operating System to boot-up each time you
start your computer. Untick this setting to disable
the display of the list. In this event the Default
operating system will always be loaded. If you
wish to change this (Assuming you didnít select Windows
2000 to always boot), click on Start, Run.
Type in \boot.ini & hit Enter. Add\Edit
the line Timeout=x, where x is the length of
time to display the Boot Loader menu.
is probably a good idea to update your Operating Systems
now, rather than later. Now that your system has basic dual
booting capability it would be wise to have any
compatibility/security/bug fixes installed before you begin
installing other programs in your system.
out our OS
Updates page for links to, & recommended
installation order of all updates for Windows 98 Second
Edition, Millennium Edition & 2000. Once you have
installed these updates proceed onto the next section.
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