got a spare hard drive (even a small one, like 1.0GB) you can use as a temporary?
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Subject: got a spare hard drive (even a small one, like 1.0GB) you can use as a temporary?
Date: 11/18/2004 8:46:05 PM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Dual Boot Win 98/Win XP Question posted by
If so, another way to make it reasonably "oops"-proof -- just requires some hard disk swapping -- is to install Win98 'clean slate' on the temporary drive, pull it from the system, then partition your main drive and install XP. Include a FAT32 partion for Win98.
Next, add the Win98 drive back into the system, boot XP, and copy the entire temp drive's contents to the partition on the XP disk. Remove the temp drive from the system; you're done with it.
Last step is to go to your boot partition, remove "read only" from the properties of BOOT.INI, and add the following line, where X: is the drive letter hosting Win98:
X:\="Microsoft Windows 98"
While you're in BOOT.INI, Edit the 'timeout' and 'default=' lines to something tolerable. Note that changing disks in/out of the system may trigger Windows Product Activation, so ideally you should do all of this at once, before the first XP activation.
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