Easy dual boot win98se/winxp system?

By akblly
Apr 1, 2004
  1. Im tryin to set up an easy dual boot system; win98se/winxp home
    the setup right now is as follows:

    I use 98se mainly and is set to boot first
    The winxp is just installed for trouble shooting/learning purposes(not enough ram to be happy with)
    I have both 98se/winxp home installation disk

    I want to be able to format the c:\win98se any time and leave winxp intact.
    My plan is to make a disk image of c:\win98se and burn it to disk, then just copy it to the c:\partition from within winxp so by passing the whole 98 installation process

    is this scheme possible? thx
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    If you plan to use something like Drive Image 2002 and you are burning to CDRW or DVDRW You should not have a serious problem.
    There is not much room on your d:\ drive so set your burner speed down a notch or two.
    However when you go to reinstall your image you won,t do that from XP because it won't boot while C:\ is being formatted .You have to work from the bootable disks you make in Drive Image.You will be able to format with the disks.
  3. akblly

    akblly TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im pretty new to this stuff ,
    so when you say it wont boot while C:\ is formated, that is winxp?

    I dont understand the boot sectors that well but can I format the C:\(fat32) from winxp and have a clean C:\formated partition to copy win98 onto?
    and maybe mess with the boot.cfg in winxp to add the 98 to the dual boot menu? thx
  4. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Your C:\ drive contains the info necessary to boot 98 and XP so if you format C:\ you will have to replace it immediately with a complete image otherwise you won't be able to restart your computer with XP You are saying "Copy 98 onto" Or do you fresh install?
  5. akblly

    akblly TS Rookie Topic Starter

    copy an fresh installw/ custom 98seServicePack1(updates drivers),

    thx, will try one of the imaging software
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