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Dual booting Windows 98 and Windows 95(Chinese)

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I have trouble setting up my system to dual boot between Windows 98 and Windows 95(Chinese).
Whenever I try to setup Chinese Windows from the DOS prompt I am told that there is an existing
file system or compressed cache(which I don't have) and I can't install Windows 95.

I already have Windows 98 installed in my system but I desperately need the alternate copy of
Windows 95 for my other Chinese based software.

Please help.
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What software are you using to attain the dual boot? System commander? Partition Magic?

Also did you use FDISK to partition the drive or another partition utility?

We need more info.
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If you are using Windows 98's FAT 32 file system you will not be able to install any pre 'OSR2' copy of Windows95 on that partition.  The solution to your problem is to repartition your hard drive using FDSIK and create two seperate partions for the operating systems.  After creating the two partitions, usually c: and d:, Install Windows98 on the first partition and remember that if you wish to share files between the two operating systems, leave the file systm as FAT16 during the setup process. You may want to invest in some software such as System Commander or something of that nature in order to easily switch between operating systems.  It is possible, however,  to utilize Windows' boot menu (normally shown when you pres <F8> during Windows' bootup) to do this.  In Winodws Explorer, make sure you can view hidden files by clicking view-->options from the menu.  On the view tab, select 'show all files'.  Now that you can see the hidden files, find the file MSDOS.SYS in c:\ (This file has hidden and read-only attributes, right click on the filename and select properties to change this). Now you may open that file in NOTEPAD to add your second operating system to the boot menu.  Under the [OPTIONS] heading, add the line BootMenu=1 (if a BootMenu entry exists, change its value to 1 instead). This will show the bootmenu everytime you start your computer rather than having to press <F8> every time.  Now under the [PATHS] section add the line Windows95-Chinese=d:\ .  This will add Windows95-Chinese to your boot menu on startup.  For more information on the MSDOS.SYS file goto:  http://www.halcyon.com/cerelli/msdos.htm   Be sure to re-add the hidden and read-only attributes after you are finished with MSDOS.SYS.  Once this is complete, you may setup your other version of Windows95 on the second partiton, reboot and enjoy!    
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