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Is there a way to make a dual booting system with Win2000 and Win98?

I want to make a dual booting system with Win2000 and Win98. But Win2000 is already there in the system. Is there any way to install Win98 after the installation of 2000 for dualbooting?

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There is, but it's somewhat tricky. Here's a way to do it:

  1. You'll need to create a FAT16 or FAT32 partition on the system itself. If you don't have disk space free, you'll need to do so with a tool like PartitionMagic.
  2. Copy the Win98 install files from the CD onto that partition from Windows 2000.
  3. Using an existing Win98 system, create a boot floppy -- FORMAT A: /S. If you don't have a Win98 system handy, you can also get a boot disk from the Web at
  4. Boot the boot floppy, go to the FAT partition, and install Win98 by running SETUP.
  5. To dual-boot between Win98 and Win2K, you'll now need to repair the boot sector. Boot the Win2K CD-ROM and run Repair to repair the hard disk's boot sector.
  6. You should now have Win98 and Win2K dual-booting on the same system.

This was first published in June 2002

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