Dual boot XP, 98 ME seperate drives

June 18, 2009 at 10:14:05
Specs: XP, 98 ME , 2G
I have been attempting to configure an emachine with a dual boot XP, 98ME from the recovery menu as defined in boot.ini. Both operating systems reside on seperate 160G drives and boot just fine if configured as the master C:\ drive. The system defaults to XP as I wish it to. I have attempted specifying the ME drive using the rdisk(1) but to no avail and also as D:\"Windows 98 ME" also to no avail in boot.ini. The ME drive I've tried on primary and secondary as a slave drive. Beginning to wonder if this is possible as it seems that everybody that has done this it is always on a single disk, not on two. Any suggestions would be welcome.


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June 18, 2009 at 10:39:47

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June 18, 2009 at 10:52:00
ldjohnso you are missing key information.

Even jam's link can't do it. This is not a boot manager issue.

When you install an OS to c: the registry says c: and then there are the boot files. The registry is key. You can NOT put the drive/os as d: and expect it to work with 1000's of registry pointers going to c:

Here is how you do it.

pick either me or 98 as primary drive. I will refer to this as dos1 and dos2. Install all other drives.
do a repair install of xp. This will correct the registry pointers and make a multiboot of dos1 and XP.

To get dos2 to boot you copy the dos1 line in the boot.ini. It will look something like this
C:\ = "Microsoft Windows Me " but change c: to the drive letter of dos2 drive.

On the dos2 drive you have to go and edit the msdos.sys file. Again change all c: to the drive letter of dos2.

You are done. You now have multiboot with two dos based OS and xp.

Next task would be to review the registry of dos2. Using the find command in regedit look for c: and change those to the correct drive letter.

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June 18, 2009 at 16:25:44
GAG will work just fine. Been there done that. Even if on the same hdd , GAG can hide the XP partition, and if XP is on a NTFS partition , 98 will not pay any attention to it.

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June 18, 2009 at 16:33:59
What do you mean Win98ME? If both those PLUS WinXP that would be a triple boot. However, I don't think you can dual boot Win98 and ME because many of the files have the same names.

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