Dual boot with Windows 98 and XP

March 16, 2009 at 03:40:49
Specs: Windows
My office PC is presently running on Windows 98 and an database billing software. I want to save the existing data and make the system dual boot with Windows XP. Kindly outline the procedure.

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March 16, 2009 at 04:50:35
Do you have a second drive or partition? If not, I'd recommend leaving the system alone. You'd also need to make sure there are XP drivers for all the hardware installed in the computer.


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March 16, 2009 at 05:56:07
How to install or upgrade to Windows XP

If you select to install XP into a new Partition, other than 98, then you have created a multi-boot system which gives you the choice to boot to either OS at boot up.

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March 16, 2009 at 08:10:38
easiest way is to add another drive to the system as slave then install xp via bios cd bootup. This will create the multiboot you desire.

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March 16, 2009 at 10:07:05
But, as Jennifer said, make sure you can obtain the XP drivers for all your devices before you dive in.

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March 16, 2009 at 18:17:32
"database billing software."

Kind of scary!

10+ year old OS with valuable personal and business data on it.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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March 16, 2009 at 19:01:31
Kind of scary! ... etc
I wondered why you said that. OS's don't wear out, I'd be much more concerned about the age of the hardware.

Is the hardware up to running XP?

some other bloke...

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March 17, 2009 at 20:17:20
I've setup several Win9x / XP dual boot systems & I've NEVER booted off the XP disc to do it.

To prepare, you'll need a minimum of two partitions on the same HDD or two separate HDDs. And if you want the Win98 installation to be able to see the WinXP installation, the XP partition will have to be formatted as FAT32.

Assuming you have the 2nd partition (or HDD) formated & ready to go, all you need to do is boot into Win98, then pop in the WinXP CD. Wait for it to spin up & you'll get a popup asking if you want to "upgrade (recommended)" but what you need to do instead is to select "advanced"...then just direct XP to install to the 2nd partition (or HDD). The rest will continue on as a normal installation. On the reboot, you'l have a boot menu from which you can choose which OS you want. XP will be the default.

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March 18, 2009 at 05:32:44
BUT!!!! - first back up (as in copy off) all data to external media (CD/DVD); and verify those copies are accessible etc. on both the parent system and preferably at least one other...

Then essentially follow "jam's" outline... It will work - but pay attention the ntfs issue for '98; if anything in the XP partition needs to be accessed via '98 then that partition must be fat32... (unless you involve an add-in util for '98 to read etc. ntfs areas).

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