Dual Boot 98 SE and XP Pro?

olds

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My 98 SE machine is stable and I don't want to mess around with it. But, I'd like to play with XP Pro. Can I install XP Pro on my "D" partition and dual boot? That way I could learn the OS before I got all the updates/drivers/software to go from 98 to XP. Is this feasible?
 

EagleKeeper

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Yes - Just make sure that you pay attention to the installation options and do not let it overwrite your 98SE.

Best thing is to Ghost the C: drive first.
 

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yep, what he said

basically, as long as you tell XP to install on D, it will automatically createa boot loader so when you boot up you can choose 98 or XP

easy as that
 

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Once in a while M$ comes up with a good idea (Boot Loader)
 

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<< My 98 SE machine is stable and I don't want to mess around with it. But, I'd like to play with XP Pro. Can I install XP Pro on my "D" partition and dual boot? That way I could learn the OS before I got all the updates/drivers/software to go from 98 to XP. Is this feasible? >>



Exactly what I did. Works great.
 

olds

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Finally got around to it and I am using XP now. XP is on a seperate partition (E) than 98SE (C). Questions: If I make changes to things like my display settings in XP, will it have any effect to the 98SE settings? If I install an XP driver for my printer on E, will it have any effect on the printer driver for 98SE on C? Basically, I don't want to mess up C by making changes on E. I quess a better question is, are they (C & E) independent of eachother? Thanks.
Chris
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One more ? If I want to go from one OS to the other, I assume I have to restart?
 

woodie1

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Both OSs are independent of each other and changes to one will not affect the other.

When you reboot you should get a screen that asks you to scroll to the OS you wish to run and a timer with 30seconds counting down. Use the up/down arrows (or none) and hit ENTER.
 

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pardon my repeating something I just posted on the FAT16 or FAT32 thread, but this is probably a better forum for the discussion. I'd really like to hear from some of you about this issue or where I might hear more about it. Thanks.

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c0rv1d43, thoughts are noted. I suppose the purest and cleanest is to use another hard drive to isolate the XP OS, altogether. A year ago a friend helped me install my first 7200 rpm drive and we ended up boxing up my 6G 5400 when I installed my second 7200rpm HD. I suppose I could use the spare drive for the experimentation, in isolation.

From the FAT 16/32 thread:

Ever since then I've familiarized myself with other dual booting schemes, and I prefer using PMagic to those; I'm now very much focused on hearing any comments on the real-life issues of using the same app through separate OS's. I've done so using the same OS on separate partitions and since, of course, each partition's OS is only "active" or not "hidden" when it's expressly designated as the active drive and that drive has its own registry, it has not posed any problems using the same program installation on a third partition. I try to keep as much seperate as possible by isolating the data stream to an independent partition. That kind of manipulation led me to PMagic.

Anyone with real life experience on this kind of scheme, please chime in; I'd like to hear your experience.


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wepopfresh

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i really like xp. I run xp, 98se and NT on Classic with vpc5. xp is a smooth performer and a nice move up in a multi os environment.