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Dual boot menu- DOS6.22 and win98 ?

November 9, 2006 at 09:45:32
Specs: windowsXP, P3/128MB

please guide how to make dual boot menu of DOS 6.22 and windows 98. I Have 20 gb of hard disk and install dos 6.22 on 1st 2gb primary partition and windows 98se on the rest primary partion. The problem is that i directly land in to win 98, not dos 6.22. actually I want a boot menu so that i can select my operating system of my choice.
Thanks in advance.

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#1
November 9, 2006 at 12:36:08

W98SE will overwrite the MS-DOS files bottom see this page for how to access previous MS-DOS version:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/217...


Easier to use a 3rd Party Boot Manger:

http://www.ranish.com/part/xosl.htm



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#2
November 10, 2006 at 04:44:32

Well simply pressing the F8 button will bring the start menu up and you could choose it there. Also once in Win98 you could type msconfig in the run box, then click Advanced on the General tab and check Enable Startup Menu. This will always bring it up. This is the method I prefer as it is easier then having to press F8 all the time. M$ had obviously thought of allowing to OS's to be installed on machines otherwise this Run Previous Version of MS-DSO wouldn't be in the boot menu now would it. Note: this method is explained in one of the links by dosser. Regards Lupin3rd

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#3
November 10, 2006 at 10:38:06

Hi DulOn,

DL> Please guide how to make dual boot menu of DOS
DL> 6.22 and windows 98. ...I want a boot menu so
DL> that i can select my operating system...

In case you don't know, Windows 98 includes MS-DOS
v7.10a and using it only involves a slight edition
of your `MSDOS.SYS' text-file - which is radically
different from that of MS-DOS v6.2x, by the way...

It isn't the only difference, i seem to recall the
utilities as ScanDisk may be OS-specific. Beware!

I'm a bit curious, any reason to use MS-DOS v6.2x?


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#4
November 10, 2006 at 15:25:31

Here's a previous reply which was erased by error:

-=*=-

Hi DulOn,

The MS-DOS v6.2x boot menu is configured using the
suitable commands in `Config.SYS' and these happen
to work under Windows 98/MS-DOS v7.10a as well but
you can only UpGrade. As i recall, `MSDOS.SYS' is
a completely different thing for Windows 98/MS-DOS
v7.10a: instead of a binary it has become a text-
file holding the newer boot menu options... A W98
installation would simply disable the MS-DOS v6.2x
system files and just render it innoperative, i am
afraid "Sys C:" from an MS-DOS v6.2x boot diskette
will put back the system files but i'd bet Windows
98 just can't manage with `MSDOS.SYS' as a binary!


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#5
November 18, 2006 at 08:16:04

Thanks to everybody for their valuable suggestions. After reading all suggestions, I think, there is no such easy tricks to build a boot menu for DOS6.22 and Win98. Recently I have come across a good disk partition utility called "Smart FDisk" which has a program inside to install a boot menu. Does anyone have some idea about building a boot menu using "Smart FDisk".

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#6
November 20, 2006 at 17:52:06

Hi DulOn,

You already got MS-DOS v7.10 via the standard menu
feature which is integrated to Windows 98 and this
doesn't involve any extraordinary mechanism. It's
no big surprise you'll need SmartFDisk or whatever
when you try to use MS-DOS v6.2x and MS-DOS v7.10a
in a same machine since they both insist to launch
from drive C: and no other!!! 'Config.SYS' can be
edited quite safely (doesn't expose to data loss).

If you prefer, you may be able to switch units via
the CMOS SetUp utility provided that your PC would
allow it and that you've got a pair of hard-disks.

I still don't see why you should use MS-DOS v6.2x,
in any case... Do you care to share your reasons?


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#7
November 27, 2006 at 08:19:52

Hi Bicephale,
Somehow I have resolved the problem by using boot magic v8.0. As for the reason of using DOS 6.22, it is only for learning and love for OLD DOS.
Actually what I did, I partitioned hard disk in two primary partitions using smart fdisk. Format the first with FAT16 and second with FAT32. Then I hide the 2nd partition using smart fdisk then install DOS 6.22 on 1st partition. Once installation is complete, I hide the DOS partition and unhide 2nd partition and install window98. Then I Install boot magic in windows98. From there, I build boot menu and configure it. Now I can access both the operating system separately. The only problem is that both the operating systems does not see each other.

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#8
November 28, 2006 at 05:37:11

Hi DulOn,

Memories... Thanks for the feed-back!

;-)

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