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I know I can install NT from Win95/98 and then choose either at startup. But can I install Win95/98 from within NT? (and similarly use both Win and NT)
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by:sf9
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Hmm - in my opinion its not easy as I had this exact same problem
I installed NT 4 first and then win95 and the damn thing overwrote my
NT boot menu making it impossible to get into NT without the NT repair /boot
disks (which were corrupt in my case).

Provided you have the 3 disks that NT asked you to create when you
first install it then I think you should be OK since you can install win95
and then run NT setup and choose to repair.  Dont take my word on this
because its kind a kind of crude fix.

You should probably recreate your 3 NT setup / repair disks b4 doing
this or else you lose half your devices and services in NT. (choose
run and type "rdisk".)

Might have to edit "c:\boot.ini" afterwards to add an entry for your
windows 95 bootup.

Anyone else have a more graceful solution I would be interested to hear it.

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by:mawe
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Bob Stone earned 20 total points
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 You can't run one OS inside of another. They have to be on seperate partitions or disks. Typically Win 95/98 likes to install first (especially OEM versions), but with Partition magic maybe you can get around it, maybe? or fdisk and start over

   Another way is to get another HD and install Win 95/98 to it,
specify it as C: first, you can shift drive letters around in NT no prob, just a little messy with the reg and win.ini file. Also, you'll have to move or create boot.ini in c:\ drive.

   I tried something similar not too long ago, I found it easiest to save all downloaded files, documents, irreplaceable stuff onto another disk, fdisk (NOT FAT 32), format c:\ only (leaving other partition unformatted makes it easier to indentify during NT install), install win 98, then install NT 4 off CD (just select CDROM as primary boot for just that once, and direct it to empty partition)

   I now am running trip boot NT4, Win 98, Win 2000/NT5
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by:mawe
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According to MS the Win98 installation will add itself to the NT boot menu. I have two drives of which one has two partitions. As for now, I have my NT4 on D: so installing Win98 (from DOS) to C: should work. If anyone has different experience from this I would be glad to know this before installing!

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