Windows XP, dual boot with 98?

By oli8925
Nov 23, 2012
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  1. I've just got a Win XP laptop as a hand-me-down, I'm only using it for fault code reading and ECU mapping of car systems. Although I've not tried yet, and at first glance they seem to work on XP, some of these programs say they require Win 98 to run.

    I'm just wondering about the possibility of dual booting the system with 98? I guess to do this I would add a partition on the hard drive using BIOS and install it to there?

    Have just seen this - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306559
    Must look harder in future.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,026   +221

    Yes, 98se works well with dual boot - - in fact triple. I've still got a boat anchor that has 98SE + two flavors of Linux
  3. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,291   +44

    XP generally has no problem running programs written for Windows 98 - unless they are actually Dos-era 16-bit software with their own memory management. Try running on XP in win 98 compatibility mode. Sometimes you just need to restrict the amount of memory XP allows the software to 'see'.
  4. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 754   +114

    Yes, you can dual boot windows xp and windows 98se.

    the problem is you can't install windows 98se after windows xp is installed.

    you need to install windows 98se first, then install windows xp on another partition (dual-boot scenario)


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