I can understand your frustration with wanting to run legacy programs on a newer operating system. The primary advantage Windows XP has over Windows 98 is security and stability. Also keep in mind that support for Windows 98 is decreasing, and you may have difficulty finding hardware drivers for new devices, or running new software on Windows 98. Dual booting is an option, however most OEM disks provided by hardware vendors are designed for a complete re-install, not a customized one, so the setup options for dual booting may not be available to you. Another alternative is to use emulation software such as Microsoft's Virtual PC in order to run Windows 98 within Windows XP. This would solve your compatibility issues, however you'll need to upgrade your system memory (RAM) in order for it to run well.
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