How to dual boot Windows 95 & Windows 98

June 20, 2010 at 14:32:48
Specs: Windows 98 & 95
Hello, I am wondering how to dual boot Windows 98 SE & Windows 95 OSR2. I have Boot Magic 5 installed & Partition Magic 7 installed. I have partitioned the Hard drive into 2 partitions, a 7 Gb. & a 5 Gb. The hard drive is a 20 Gb HDD. I have 98 installed on the 7 Gb. Partition, & I want to install 95 on the 5 Gb. Partition. I formated the 5 Gb. partition using fat 32. I booted to the Windows 95 boot disk, a system disk from a Gateway 2000 P5-100. MS-DOS can't see the 5 Gb. partition, but, the partition is enabled in Partition Magic. I can see the Windows 98 partition though. I already have Boot Magic enabled with the 5 Gb.

Thanks.


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#1
June 20, 2010 at 14:39:55
Is the 5MB partition a primary one?

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#2
June 20, 2010 at 14:41:50
No, the 7 Gb. is the primary partition.

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#3
June 20, 2010 at 15:14:01
So the 95 bootdisk sees the 98 fat32 partition but not the 95 fat32 partition?

Y'know, just use fdisk to partition. Partition magic just complicates things. You've got 98 on the primary dos partition. Then you create an extended partiion in the remaining space, then a logical drive in that extended partition. Then you reboot and format the logical drive.

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#4
June 20, 2010 at 15:44:50
I've setup quite a few dual boot systems but never Win95 with Win98. Quite frankly, I don't know why you would want to?

Win95 should go in 1st, then Win98.

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#5
June 20, 2010 at 15:48:53
I am trying to dual boot 95 & 98 so I can try the programs I create on both. I want to check for capatibility. I have an AST Adventure! 400 with 95, but, I don't want to wreck it, it is in original condition, and, AST sold.

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#6
June 20, 2010 at 17:56:03
Dual booting Win95 and Win98 will require a third party boot manager. I don't know of any that will work or how to set it up.

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#7
June 20, 2010 at 23:56:19
I got it working using Boot Magic, as mentioned earlier. I unhid the 95 partition in 98, I booted to the 95 install disk, I installed 95, I installed Partition magic in 95, I enabled the 98 partition, I set the 98 partition as active, I booted to 98, and finally, in Boot magic I added the 95 Partition to the boot menu.

Thanks for the help


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#8
December 14, 2010 at 05:39:31
I found this thread (google) ‘cause I want to do the same thing as Compgeke – I don’t think it’s that strange a thing to want to do. I want to (a) because I’ve got old programs that won’t run on my newer machines & (b) I want to learn to learn more about the fundamentals of how a PC works by ‘going back to basics’ (this is an area of computing I know very little about).

My questions:

I know this is done with fdisk, but I’m not 100% clear on exactly what the steps are. Do I fdisk the whole drive & then create a new, smaller primary partition + an extended partition, or can I 'shrink' the primary & create an extended without losing the existing Win 98 installation?

I’ve been told that I’d have a problem doing it with fdisk ‘cause “Windows 95 & 98 are hard coded in many places to C”, so I should use a boot manager (e.g. OSL2000). Does that hard coded bit mean that they’d both need to be in the primary partition, so there’d be a conflict? Have I understood that correctly?

i’d prefer to do it with windows/DOS functions if possible – I know this might sound like I’m making life deliberately difficult for myself but, as I said, one of the reasons I’m doing this whole thing is as a learning exercise.

Any comments/opinions/suggestions welcome.

Cheers, Jeff


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#9
December 14, 2010 at 21:58:37
You can't shrink or expand an existing partition with fdisk. You'd have to use something like partition manager for that.

If you were to install 98 on the primary partition and 95 on a virtual drive in the extended partition you'd need to add some kind of bootloader for that. 95/98 will only boot naturally from a primary partition. A bootloader/manager can allow you to boot from another partition.

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#10
December 17, 2010 at 12:20:11
so even if i fdisk so i'm starting from a clean drive i couldn't create primary + extended partitions & then install one OS to the primary & one to the extended/logical without a bootloader/manager?

thanks


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#11
December 17, 2010 at 15:41:50
Please, if you need more help start a new thread instead of posting in a thread that already had the problem solved.

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#12
December 17, 2010 at 16:05:20
i'm not sure why this is a problem - it might have seemed solved to you, but i just wanted a bit of clarification to make sure i'd properly understood what DAVEINCAPS had told me.

it's all part of the discussion on this issue & if I wasn't 100% clear what i was being told, maybe others wouldn't be either & would also appreciate some clarification.


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#13
December 17, 2010 at 16:34:58
I would use Virtual PC or Virtual Box to run Windows 95 instead of trying to install then alongside each other.

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#14
December 17, 2010 at 23:02:01
There's a couple reasons why posting to an existing thread can be a problem. The first, if it's new one, is that it's sometimes hard for us to mentally keep them separate--we forget which one we're posting to.

The second, if it's an older thread, is that fewer people will view it and thus you'll have less input.

But don't worry about it right now. You can use fdisk and create the primary and extended partitions and a logical drive in the extended partition. But when installing 95 or 98 it will always install on the primary--you can't direct it to install in an extended partition. So you'd have to have the loader set up before installing the second OS.

I've never had a reason to use a boot loader but that's what they're for. I'm not sure if you need to install it first and then the OS's or if you install one OS on the primary and then install the loader. But I'm sure any loader you use will have instructions on how to install it.

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#15
December 18, 2010 at 00:52:22
Since Windows prefer to install itself to a primary active partition fdisk is not the best program to use. A partition manager that can hide and set active partitions is better suited. There are many boot managers that can be used.
My method -
Partition hard drive for first OS.
Install OS.
Resize first partition if needed.
Create second partition for second OS.
Hide first partition, make second active.
Install second OS.
install Boot Manager.

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#16
December 18, 2010 at 02:58:50
OK, having read DAVEINCAPS' post i will start a new thread if I need any more info/advice.

thanks to all for the help,

Jeff


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