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Thread: Installing XP on a Dual-Boot System

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2004


    Dumb question, I know but if I upgraded my win 98 to XP on a dual-boot system with Win 2000 would everything remain intact? As in, it would not muck up my Win2000 system.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    New England Highlands, Australia


    I'm not sure on the details so wait untill someone better suited to that answers but yes your 2k boot could suffer badly. :smokin:

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Fennville, Michigan


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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2002


    Put Win XP on a seperate partition.

    Change your BOOT.INI file to include XP when you install it.

    It should look something like this :

    [boot loader]
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOW S
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows 2000"
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

    You will just need to add, "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Micr osoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect", and change your default to XP if you want to. You can also lower the timeout to whatever you like.

    Good Luck.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2002


    It is possible to do but I highly recommend you dont. I have tried and it really messes things up. It's better to just reinstall xp clean on a new partition

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