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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?

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 http://www.bootdisk.com/.
  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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