Installing Multiple OS

By Robin997 ยท 4 replies
Jan 8, 2008
  1. hello,

    i recently built a computer out of my spare computer parts, and installed windows 98 (to run older games).

    I also have the windows 2000 pro disk and would wike to install windows 2000 as well.

    any tips on how to install 2 operating systems on 1 pc, as i am not 100% .sure

    any helpful posts welcome
  2. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 930   +31

    i am not sure about windows 2k and 98.
    but afaik, its should work perfectly with either dual-boot or virtual pc*.

    for more info, refer to this link=

    for VPC 2007,
    Host operating system: Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition, Windows XP Professional, or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

    not sure about 2004 though...

    but personally i suggest dual-boot... :)
  3. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    You have made the right start - first always install the older OS and make sure it is running reliably first.
    Then reboot the system from the second OS install Cd and follow the options through the various menu items to the point where you are given the option to replace the OS - select and the install routine will offer to install the second OS - follow instructions - it is really no big deal!
  4. Robin997

    Robin997 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 121

    Thanks for the advice dudes!
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,165   +986

    here's the scoop.

    Win98 REQUIRES a boot from C:

    System since then can be booted anywhere :)

    Thirdly, the MBR of the first system will get modified by the subsequent installs
    to allow a choice of which system to actually boot. If one of the installs is
    a Linux, then a boot manager like LILO or the more current GRUB will be installed
    and it will 'inherit' the existing options in the MBR.

    (hint: the GRUB config file will usually be in the /root directory of the Linux partition.
    By all means, COPY it to EVERY Win/* partition so that you can always have access to control grub if you ever delete Linux.)
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