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Old 11-16-2005, 05:24 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Does anyone know if I can install Windows 98 with Windows XP Pro already installed? I have XP installed on my Master Drive and I have another drive that I want to connect as my slave and install Windows 98 on that drive. Can I do this and is there any specific way to do it?

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I beleive so. Since its not on the same partition, you should be fine.
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How would XP recognize that there is another Operating System at the startup?
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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create an empty partition. partition it and set it active in disc management of computer management. install win 98. I don't know if 98 can't boot you back so you might need a third party tool like partition magic to boot back
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thanks guys. but I set the other drive to active like you said and tried to install it but it says it can't install it on this drive because I have windows XP. It says that before I can even tell it that I want 98 on a different drive. I'm going to try and use DOS and come back here.
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I can't tell your to reset your mbr as it can potentially cause a mess and make your system inoperatable
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ok one of my friends told me that I might be able to do this by removing the drive containing XP and attach the drive I want 98 on as my master for now. Then I could alter the boot.ini file (i have to look up about what exactly to write) to tell xp that there is another operating system after attaching the other drive again. Let me know what you guys think.
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they alway say install 98 first then xp. now I know why
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lol ya i know now too. problem is that a few of my older programs dont run with the backward compatibility function xp came with so now im stuck installing it after
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ya, win98 uses the old DOS method of booting, winXP uses the NT method which is different and should work ok as long as its installed second........I think? Doesnt XP have a tiny little NT boot partition with some .ini files and stuff in it?
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