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Hi all,

I have been trying to set up Dual boot using two existing XP PRO and an existing 98SE operating systems on two existing harddrives.
Xp is in 4 partition drive, (C),(D),(E),(F), and 98 is a single partition, (C).
Xp is drive 0 and 98 is drive 1
Xp is jumpered M/S
98 is no jumper Slave.


I tried to modify XP Boot.ini by adding the D:\="Microsoft Windows 98" line of code.

During boot attempt when menu comes up Win XP or Win 98, XP will boot ok and see 98 as drive G:\ and accessible. If I select 98 it will start reboot each time. I did try DEBUG in DOS to attempt to rewrite the BootSect.dos in 98 with no results.

Example of XP Boot.ini currently after adding D:\. Xp sees 98 as drive G:\.

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
G:\="Microsoft Windows 98"

I understand now, being that both drives still function as stand alones, that I can start to reinstall XP and build the dual boot. Anyone got any suggestions. I really would like to know why 98 reboots when selected instead of booting normally.
Thanks!

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the line G:\=Windows 98 -- in this, is G: drive the one with Win98? That is to say, whats the drive letter assigned by XP to the drive with Win98? If it's D:, then set it to D:\=Windows 98. Be advised that this partition should be active and should have the Win98 startup files.

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hmm, you can use 3d party boot managers, for example os selector from acronis, it can automatically detect already installed oses and adjust boot menu.

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dortz, thank you very much for providing that link - it led on via a whole tree of links to some fascinating and useful reading. Brilliant.

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the line G:\=Windows 98 -- in this, is G: drive the one with Win98? That is to say, whats the drive letter assigned by XP to the drive with Win98? If it's D:, then set it to D:\=Windows 98. Be advised that this partition should be active and should have the Win98 startup files.

Goldeagle,
Initially Xp showed 98 as hardrive in G:\. Dos showed the H/D as D:\.
After an XP crash yesterday and a reinstall as new OS, DUAL BOOT Menu comes up, select 98 and instead of booting 98, it does a reboot in XP to DUAL BOOT menu each time I select 98.
XP drive is 0, C:\, 1st connecter
98 drive is 1, D:\, 2nd connecter

XP has crashed again, disk boot failure.

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I now have XP functional again after purchasing another H/D which I did not need. Possibly I should try to clarify that I am trying to dual boot two fully functional hardrives, not partitions. I previously was dual booting with 98 as the first choice. I now want to use XP as the first choice in the boot menu.

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hi i used this boot manager to boot a ati ,harddrive win98 and a scsi harddrive .winxp with great results
http://www.osloader.com/download.htm

Thank you Caperjack!!! Problem solved. The OSL 2000 works perfectly. Now to configure and register.
Marv1 :cheesy:

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Thank you Caperjack!!! Problem solved. The OSL 2000 works perfectly. Now to configure and register.
Marv1 :cheesy:

your welcome,good luck

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