Dual Boot WinXP and Win98 on two harddrives

By killer_squirrel
Jan 12, 2005
  1. I installed a hard drive with Win98 installed on it from an older PC in my eMachines w2686, running WinXp. I would like to know how to choose which OS I want to boot. I am new to this kind of thing, so please be detailed and most of all, patient. Thanks for any help you can give me.
  2. lordx

    lordx TS Rookie Posts: 33

    it won't work
    try install win98 again with the hdd conected to the new sistem
    Is better to install first win98 on the active partition (c:)and next install winxp on other partition
    After that when boot you'll see a dialog for choosing between operating systems
    You can edit the file boot.ini (located in c:\) to set up you default system to boot
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    The reason it won't work, is because you can't just swap a HDD with win 98 on it into a new machine with a new motherboard and hardware. It is possible with 2000 or XP after some tweaking, but not 98. So do as lordx said and start over, just be sure to backup any data you have on the current drive before formatting.

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  4. killer_squirrel

    killer_squirrel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cool, I did not know that. Like I said I'm new to this stuff, but I want to learn. I appreciate all the help and I will try this out.
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