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Old 05-21-2006, 12:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it possible to put windows XP on a windows 98 computer? or would it slow the computer down too much? please let me know.
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its possible, use it as a dual boot. you might need to add more memory to run xp smoother but you can do it
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whats dual boot and how do i add more memory? i feel stupid asking those questions.
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Dual booting or dual-booting is the act of installing multiple operating systems on a computer, and being able to choose which one to boot when switching on the computer power. The program which makes dual booting possible is called a boot loader.

Dual booting is found in many situations, such as those where different software is available on different operating systems but cannot be run on a single system. A dual boot configuration will allow a user to use all of this different software on one computer.

Another reason for setting up a dual boot system can be that one wants to learn about or test a new operating system without switching completely. Dual booting allows one to get to know the new system, configure all applications needed and migrate data before making the final step and removing the old operating system. For example, new Linux users migrating from the Microsoft Windows platform will usually dual boot, allowing them to try the new OS without losing the functionality and preferences of their existing setup. This is accomplished by using a boot loader that can boot more than one operating system, such as NTLDR, LILO, or GRUB.

Dual booting can also aid software developers where multiple operating systems are required for development or testing purposes. Having these systems on one machine can greatly reduce hardware costs. (However hardware costs are counterbalanced by system management costs, and the costs of the unavailability of the software that cannot be run at any given moment. Another solution to these problems is to use a piece of virtual machine software to emulate another computer from within the operating system of choice.)

Compatibility issues may arise with different operating systems sharing the same hard disk¬óone operating system may not be able to recognize the other's filesystem and thus may try to format it to its native file system, erasing existing data. This can be overcome by using multiple disks or by partitioning an existing disk to allow multiple filesystems.

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"Dual Boot" versus "Boot Manager"
In the OS/2 world, the term dual boot has a more specific meaning.

In a dual boot installation, two (or more) operating systems are installed in a single partition. Selection of which operating system to boot is performed by running a dual boot utility program, which switches around the necessary boot loaders programs (by renaming files and copying boot sectors) to ensure that the chosen operating system is loaded at the next boot.

In a boot manager installation, by contrast, the two (or more) operating systems are installed in their own, separate, individual, partitions. Rather than booting directly into an operating system, the machine boots into a specialised, operating system neutral, boot loader program (such as IBM's eponymous Boot Manager) installed on a floppy disk or in its own partition on a hard disk. This boot loader program presents a list of the available bootable partitions from which the user can choose, and then loads and invokes the boot loader in the boot sector of the chosen partition, to boot the chosen operating system.

The Boot Manager program is capable of booting operating systems installed in partitions, and on disc devices, that the BIOS itself will not boot directly. Dual Boot relies upon the raw BIOS boot mechanism.
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do you know what the memory looks like?
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the memory.. i think so, im not sure.... ill check it out tomorrow, i have to get offline now... ill post back here tomorrow.
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thats what they look like, tell me how many you have and what size they are
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thats what they look like, tell me how many you have and what size they are
organised_chaos this is not having a go at you in any way or me attempting to judge your computer knowledge or even related to you, just to make that clear.

i can picture some ppl that i know actually taking out a ruler and measuring their size
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organised_chaos this is not having a go at you in any way or me attempting to judge your computer knowledge or even related to you, just to make that clear.

i can picture some ppl that i know actually taking out a ruler and measuring their size
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If your unsure go onto crucial.com and find memory on there and do an online scan and it will tell you exactly what memory you have and how much
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i was actually going to messure it with a ruler, glad u said something... but the computer is at my grandmothers house in a back room with a bunch of junk around it. i did not know this. so i asked why she never used it, and she said because it had a virus. i did not know this either. it might be spyware or a virus or any other type of harmful "thing" i dont know what though. so if i do a dual boot on it when i get it at my house, could i run a anti virus program on the XP and maybe clean up the 98? without losing all the pictures she wants to keep?
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yea, i guess.... but the drive would be active (unless you have two hard drives)....... so it might boot up as well. however it might also just be something stupid that boots from the registry.

[rant]Viruses and this whole "internet security" thing are sooooo stupid. Like who would steal someones identity?! yea, sure, you can get their credit card number and stuff... but i had a friend who worked for this company that sold satalite dishes (via phone - tellemaketing ) and he said they would ask for social security numbers all the time! Not to mention credit card numbers, addresses, etc... sounds phishy? [pun intended] [/rant]

but viri are easy to dump.. you just need to know what processes are running on your computer and what they do
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