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Dual Boot -- Win98/NT

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Ive read a couple of paqs (ie Q10107909) about dual booting windows and I still havent figured out the steps that I need to dual boot a Windows 98 and Windows 2000 (production release).
I have one physical 20G drive with two, 10G partitions.
Both are blank at this point.
I know NT4 uses NTFS and 98 uses FAT32. Which one does 2000 use?
What are the steps I need to go through to get the dual boot accomplished?
Ive used fdisk and have good general knowledge, however I cant seem to find any step by step instructions.
Ive found:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q243/8/96.ASP
which gives step by step for dual booting 98 and NT with Fat16 and NTFS (close but no cigar).  Is 98 and 2000 dual boot similar?
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The problems that you noted with NT are no longer relevant with win2k.

Because win98 is still really only an OS over it original DOS background, its safest to install win98 on the c: drive.

You can use Fdisk with large disk support to create a 10gig partition and just do a normal win98 install.

After this is completed run the win2k pro cd from within win98.
During its setup it will prompt you to either upgrade win98 or do a seperate install.

At this point, in your case, you would select seperate Install.

It then copies all the files needed, reboots and commences setup. You will see for the first time the bootmenu after restart but this automatically launches win2k setup.

During setup you will have the option to select what file system you use. For 10 gig it would either be FAT32 or NTFS.

I would recommend NTFS unless you require that your win98 drive needs to see the NT drive.

The only extra issues to be reviewed are that if you have unusual hardware  like not supported HD controllers that you provide drivers in the first time setup reboot by using the F6 key when prompted.

If your unsure, Micrsoft has available a win2k compatibility checker to be run from win98 that can be found at Microsoft.com

Netmage
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Perfect answer.
It was really as easy as you made it sound.

Thanks
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