Solved dual booting W2000Pro and XP

Shuttle / Mv42
August 8, 2011 at 15:40:59
Specs: Win2000, SP4, 1.8 GHz / 991 MB
I have been using W2000Pro for around ten years. I wish to add XP and dual boot, on the same hard drive.

The drive is 60Gig, with three partitions of 20 Gigs each.

The "C" partition has W2000Pro on it, formatted in FAT32. I have around 8 or 9 Gigs free.

The "D" partition has just been formatted with NTFS.

The "E" partition has just been formatted with NTFS.

I wish to install XP on one of the free partitions, because I have an installation disc with XP on it, and my free subscription to Avast ran out, and the new Avast installation file is giving me a problem. I want to install XP, since W2000 is not supported across the board anymore, in free software products. I plan to try an install of W7 sometime soon, just to see if it will work with my older system.

So, firstly, is there anything I need to do, to install XP, before I restart with the installation disc? I want to be able to boot to either XP or W2000 after the process is done. (I have so much stuff on my W2000 that I don't want to lose, because I'm forgetful, and don't know what I'll need afterward. Otherwise, I'd just format the whole hard drive and go straight to either XP or W7).


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August 11, 2011 at 19:42:36
Download version 4.43 or the 4 in 1 drivers from the link below and install

If the sound still doesn’t work then try the link below for the VIA8233 chipset drivers.

August 9, 2011 at 05:06:26
Do not boot off the XP disc. Simply boot into Win2000, then pop the XP disc in the CD/DVD drive. Wait for the popup asking if you want to "upgrade (recommended)" but do NOT do it! Select "Advanced" & have XP install to the 2nd partition. The rest of the installation will continue as a normal XP install. The dual boot menu will be created automatically.

I don't recommend Win7 for that system unless you perform some upgrades 1st - bigger HDD, more RAM & a decent graphics card.

If you need an anti-virus program, try Microsoft Security Essentials:

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August 9, 2011 at 10:23:53
After installing, don't forget to download and install the Windows XP Service Pack 3, lots of updates and bug fixes :)


FWIW, I recently tested Windows 7 Home Premium on a 3.2GHz HT with 2GB RAM, the experience was AWFUL compared to XP and the performance was seriously lacking. I think there are still a lot of machines around with only 2GB maximum capacity and I don't recommend Win7 on them. IMO the minimum for Win7 to have comparable performance with XP is 4GB RAM.

Win7 barely runs acceptably on a machine on which WinXP will scream.

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August 9, 2011 at 13:10:17
Thanks so much for your suggestions. I appreciate.

Truth be told, I already did the installation of XP last night, before I received the two messages. I decided to be brave and try booting from the XP installation disc, labeled "XP Pro Vol". I'd never had the pleasure of installing an OS before, so it was a bit of an adventure, but I decided to do it.

I had firstly formatted both the second and third partitions in NTFS, from the disc management, administrative tools area of W2000. I right clicked on each partition in turn, and chose "format", and "NTFS" as the choices came up.

Then, having done so, I turned off the system, and popped the CD into the drive and booted. It gave me the choice of where to install XP, so I chose the second partition, which it renamed "E", rather than "D". In XP, it is now recognizing the second physical drive as "D", and the two virtual drives on the first physical drive as "E" and "F". "F" is still empty, so I may, instead of W7, try a variant of Linux there, just for fun.

It was an uneventful install for the most part, and went smoothly. Now, when I boot up or restart, there is a choice of which OS to boot to, XP or 2000.

It's funny, but I actually like 2000 a bit more since I haven't yet gotten used to the look of XP, or how things work. But I'm working on it. I think my familiarity with 2000 makes it feel like I have more direct control over the computer there.

I installed my favorite browsers, FF and Chrome, on XP (2000 wouldn't accept Chrome), and my present favorite free antivirus, Avast, and Malwarebytes as well.

One thing I noticed is that in XP, the edges of my screen are "bowed in", and I haven't yet found out how to make them straight, vertically. It may have to do with screen resolution, but I'm still using an older model monitor, a CTX CRT from somewhere back in time. I may just have to get used to it.

Thanks again.

One thing about the possibility of installing a Linux distro on the "F" drive is that as far as I recall, I read somewhere that it's more difficult to install Linux after installing Windows than vice versa. Something about the bootloader. Any suggestions? Or maybe I should ask that question in another subforum,,


Oh, forgot to mention,,

The first thing I did after the installation was to download all the Windows updates, of which there were around an hundred. I don't know if "service pack 3" was included in that, but I'll check it out. Thanks.

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August 10, 2011 at 14:05:22
You need to install ALL the drivers for your motherboard and graphics. If you don't know the motherboard model then download SIW free from the link below to find out what hardware you have.

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August 10, 2011 at 17:42:11
I agree with your assessment.

I also have no sound, in XP, so I must not have the driver for my onboard audio either.

I did get rid of the "screen side-bowing" by changing the screen settings. When I changed it to the same resolution I use in W2000 (1024x768), the bowing went away.

I have SIW, and know my motherboard, and onboard audio and video types, but not real sure where to look for drivers yet. Onward and upward,,

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August 10, 2011 at 21:07:49
Look for the drivers at the motherboard manufacturers site.

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August 11, 2011 at 00:12:29
Going to the Shuttle website, I found no help, no support for this motherboard (MV42N). Sound is onboard (Sound Card: VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller (WDM))

I searched for the driver in google, and the first link took me to a CNET website that had a driver called " 9300DDR_win98se_daudio51201 "

I double clicked the installer exe and it put the results in the same downloads folder that the installer exe was in, so now, in the Downloads folder in My Documents, I have the installer exe, the "application" (50.3kb) (named above, with no seeming "dot anything" extension), a "viaudio Security Catalog" (8kb), a "VIAUDIO Setup Information" (22kb), and a "VIAUDIO System file" (42kb). I don't know if any of that is supposed to be in some other "system folder", or not. I just left it like that, and noticed that it didn't do anything to change my soundless condition.

So, I decided to look further, after seeing your post telling me to look on the Shuttle website. I think Shuttle has abandoned support for this particular motherboard, since nothing I found helped.

I did another search, and found a link to a Shuttle EU reference to my motherboard ( ) with a link Audio Driver for Win 9X/2K/NT/ME/XP (for VIA VT8233x Chipset) that allegedly took me to a site that shuttle supports, where I got assurances that it had the driver for my onboard sound (Sound Card: VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller (WDM) )

Instead, the "Download Now" button actually supplied me with an installer for "easydriverpro", a program, which installed, searches my computer for needed drivers. It wouldn't finish, since it asked for something called "Net2.0", which I evidently don't have on my XP partition.

On top of that, even if I install this "easydriverpro", it will evidently tell me what I need to BUY. I'm not looking for money to spend. I'm looking for a driver that works.

Both of these options which I've mentioned say that both W2000 and XP are supported. But to this point, XP remains silent.

I remember having had the problem with "NET 2.0" with W2000, and downloaded it and installed it, in order to get some Java installation to work, I think.

I'm stumped at this point. I know that you told me once that I shouldn't have to spend money to get the drivers I needed, and not to follow up on anything that asked for money.

My W2000 partition still works, and the XP works, just silently.

edit: another link I found on the "Arena" site that offered the driver scan program seemed more legit, as I thought I may have inadvertently selected an advertisement rather than the actual suggested link, took me to another program, called "DriverAgent", that did essentially what the other one did, which was to offer to scan my computer for drivers, and offer me one. I didn't choose to do so, suspecting it was just another come-on to pay money for a driver.

I'm lost. I may just keep W2000 just because I can hear things. Maybe XP is doomed to silence, unless I buy a PCI sound card, which may be to my advantage.

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August 11, 2011 at 04:44:43
Try these links.

You will also need to download the drivers for your AGP card, which you didn't post any model for.

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August 11, 2011 at 18:13:24
I don't have a graphics card. It's also onboard.

It's called S3 Graphics ProSavageDDR. I found an update for it from "2004", and downloaded and installed it already. It didn't seem to change anything, however.

Thanks for the links, I'll check them out.

Okay, the first link I already found. It ushers me to the "Arena" site, where they offer "DriverAgent" software, which is a scanner that then offers you the driver, at a price.

It's like so many other scanners. They offer to scan your computer for free, but when they find things you need to fix, change, or install, they ask you to buy their product.

I'm not made of money, so I balk at buying things if I can find it for free.

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August 11, 2011 at 19:42:36
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Download version 4.43 or the 4 in 1 drivers from the link below and install

If the sound still doesn’t work then try the link below for the VIA8233 chipset drivers.

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August 11, 2011 at 21:50:44
The first option didn't result in sound.

I then tried the second option (the VIA chipset option), and ended up unpacking a zip which had several folders in it, for various versions of Windows, and one of Linux. Since XP was not mentioned on any of the folders, (but it did say on the initial download screen that it is supported), I don't know what to do. I'm looking at the folders, and 22 files, which are txt files (2), setup files (6), a couple of "VIAUDIO" files, a couple of "_USER" files, some "DATA" files,,etc.,,all with different icons, indicating what kind of file it is.

I'm not sure which file to click on to install this. There doesn't seem to be any instructions. A couple of the file types have the "gear" symbol (one "VIAUDIO" file and one "SETUP" file), if that means anything.

I took a screenshot of the menagerie of files and folders, but don't know how to upload it to this forum.

Since I'm new to XP, I'm looking at the icons, which are new to me, except the "gear" symbol, which is an ".ini" file. I see one of the setup files is an ".exe" file. Maybe that's the one?

Seems by default that the file extensions (.exe, .ini, .inf, etc.) aren't showing in XP, so I have to look at "properties" to find out what each one is.

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August 12, 2011 at 06:15:05
First of all, XP does hide extensions for common file types. You can change that dumb default. I am not running XP at the moment but I think the option is under VIEW. Might be the same as 2000.

I would try the setup.exe file.

I am surprised WinXP isn't automatically configuring that hardware. If you are NOT running SP3 I suggest you update to it. The correct drivers may be included then.

Below is a link to SP3 that can be saved and slipstreamed into your XP files.

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August 12, 2011 at 08:22:02

I did unhide the extensions, double-clicked the .exe file, it installed the proper audio driver. I then saw a speaker icon in the taskbar, so I knew we were on the right track. In the control panel, I noticed that the audio driver was recognized properly.

At this point, there was still no sound. I checked everything, volume controls, sound preferences in the control panel, everything. Nothing was muted except line-in.

Still, I decided to try one more thing,,

I firstly muted, then unmuted the main volume control, and it worked!

I do have SP3 installed by the way. That happened when I first installed XP and then went to do all the auto-updates.

Thanks much for your help, Mr.Hill,, :)

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August 12, 2011 at 10:30:36
You can try this trick for running Chrome on Windows 2000:

How to Download Google Chrome on Win 2K

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August 12, 2011 at 10:36:05
Glad to hear that you finally got it working. You may want to also check to verify your drives are running in a DMA mode. The link below seems to already cover the subject so I will defer to it.

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August 12, 2011 at 11:43:19
Okay, thanks again, Mr.Hill, Mr.Fox,,I'll check out those links. I appreciate all your help.

I have no idea why muting and unmuting the sound made a difference at the end. I did it on a hunch. I've done that with the locking mechanism on our '98 mini-van, when the sliding side door won't open. There's built-up friction in the locking mechanisms that sometimes keeps the doors from fully unlocking with the remote button, so I've found that if I try to open the door, sometimes it only partially opens, say an inch or so and hangs up. Then, the solution is to push the door closed, lock, then unlock. It always seems to work.

I've noticed the same principle at times with uninstalling things on the computer. If there's an interruption in the uninstall process, and it hasn't completely uninstalled, but only partially, it seems easier to just run an install again, then uninstall, then trying to trace the remnants after a failed uninstall. (I think I only ran into that problem years ago when I had an "uninstall manager" program on the computer. If I had installed software previous to having installed the manager, it had no record of the install, so couldn't do its job uninstalling unless I re-installed what I was trying to uninstall.)

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