How do I run two operating systems on the same machine?

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Anonymous on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 06:56 pm:

Rob, if your son doesn't need anything except Win98, you might be best to take XP Pro off altogether. It's likely pretty slow on an older machine anyway ;) It would simplify matters a lot and you wont have any software conflicts that way.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Rob B on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 08:59 pm:

I shall attemp this very soon - thank you.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By dreuby on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 07:48 pm:

Once the two systems are running, you get a menu when you boot up which allows you to choose the one you want. Unless you go to do something else while it boots, and then it automatically loads the one you didn't want! (How does it know?) :)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Rob B on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 07:26 pm:

Thanks for the advice. Would I then need to change the boot settings so the pc looks for the new drive first to launch the new operating system? Or would I get a choice of operating system on boot up? Thanks again for your help.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By dreuby on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 06:53 pm:

You'll need to partition the hard drive - in effect, it becomes two hard drives, and the system on each is invisible to the other.

You can do this yourself, or use a third-party program like Partition Magic.
http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/

Info from MS on doing it yourself (make sure you copy the whole link):
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/q255/8/67.asp&NoWebContent=1
(or search at http://support.microsoft.com for article 255867 in the Knowledge Base)

Programs are also invisible - if you want a program on both operating systems, you usually have to install it on both.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Rob B on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 10:10 pm:

I have a machine that I plan on giving to my young son so he can play some old word and math games. The machine is running XP Pro, I would like to be able to run Win 98 also, so that we can get these old games to run. I tried running the games in XP and I get a dialog box that says the games need to run in 256 colors. The lowest color display I can get from XP is much higher than this, so the games will not run.

I would appreciate any advice on this.


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