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    No you will have to format and then just install ME on C: then run the XP setup but during it tell it to install to another partition. It's works trust me as I've got a SE/XP job here, well 2 actually and only the C: partition has to be active as windows will do the rest. ;)
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    Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you really should listen to these guys.. they do know what they are talking about. To get a proper working, dual boot system with XP, you've got to install it after the other operating system.

    What you could try (don't quote me on this) is to install ME, then reinstall XP over the top of your existing XP install. That way, it should still set up the boot menu for you, and you get to keep all your XP setup. I can't guarantee that it will work, but if you really wanna do it the hard way, then give it a shot.

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    beefy...... I think u might have a point..... maybe I install XP over my current XP and it should keep all my programs, it will just overwrite my drivers. BUt i have this program called XOSL check it out. if this program doesnt work ill try beefy'z method, THANKS !!!!!!

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    aaargh - i'm always too late on threads like this...its easy done

    there are several ways...

    the easiest is by far a little util u can find which makes an image of the MBR, u can install me, then restore the MBR.

    the other way is to do the ME install - then start a fresh install of XP onto a parallel location, and then when setup does its first reboot, u just pointselect your original xp boot option (not xp setup or wotever it'd say) and then once in windows again - u edit your boot.ini and delete the remnants of the fresh setup.

    job done.
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    THANKS skull, i have a ques... ill be e-mailin u

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darthtanion
    First off, TweakFiles may be gone, but another site has taken up where they left off. Not quite the same, but a huge amount of downloadable utilities for just about any need. The new site is www.majorgeeks.com

    Now... for your dual boot scheme, you'll have to scrap XP and install ME first. That's the only way to get your dual boot to work properly. You install ME on your C:\ partition, and then XP on a separate partition or separate hard drive. XP will keep your ME settings intact, and then you'll have a choice when you power up as to which OS you would like to boot into.

    Good luck. :)

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    I had XP installed first and then installed Windows ME. I went to www.amazon.com and searched for System Commander 7.0 and bought and downloaded this wonderful program. I installed it on XP, created additional space in my primary drive for a new OS and installed ME. System commander manages the MBR of both OS's and keeps them intact. Read all about it at http://www.v-com.com It can also resize an existing partition without loosing data, move data between partitions *like a back up* *S* Etc etc. Only thing is to go into the BOOT.INI after ME is set up and remove the line referring to Windows ME. What happens if you don't do that, then after System commander loads it's menu, and you choose, then System commander dissapears from the scene and the XP BOOT.INI asks you if you want to boot into XP or ME. even after you already made the choice before. It can be set to default (both in XP and with the System Commander) so that if you boot up unattended, it will go to the preferred OS of your choice. Hey! It works great for me!

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    Ummmmm, call me curious, but I didn't see this stated anywhere...........

    Why do you want to backtrack from XP to ME??? I've been geek enough to pay MS for every iteration of their OS and while I never trashed ME the way some have, I certainly find XP to be everything I hoped ME was going to be and wasn't (it would have been an EXCELLENT Service Release, but $89!!). So far I've had ZERO complaints, and after 6 months with an OS, THAT'S certainly a first.

    For example, Everyone I know that has ME and used System Restore to clear up problems, eventually had it fail to work (and once it fails, it will never work again until you reformat). So far I've yet to have a failure with XP.

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    A couple fo things to add, I'm no expert and I can't be sure this would work, couldn't you do the winme install then jsut a repair install of win XP, this should reinstate the mbr for win xp, I think it keeps all the settings but not to sure, just save some of the basic things you've done to xp. Has anyone else brought the windows educational xp upgrade, I did, only 42, thats like $60. Its normally 140, $200 here, its xp pro by the way!!

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    And to the dude who said why bother, well he originally stated that it was faster for games and performance, which I have also found to be the case, although i think the new det drivers, the 28.32's are really slow, I'll install some 27's and see if its better, what does win xp come with as standard?/the 23.11???

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