Multi-booting Windows 3.1, 95, 98, NT4 Workstation, win2000 Professional
Posted on 2000-04-15
I've read several FAQ's and MSDN articles on dual-booting, and have made a partial plan (described below). Before starting, I'd appreciate some advice. I want to multi-boot:
1. DOS (and then be able start Windows 3.1 using WIN).
2. Windows 95
3. Windows 98
4. Windows NT Workstation
5. Windows 2000 Professional
If possible, I don't want to use System Commander (which I have and like, but think the Microsoft Dual-Boot method should do the job).
My proposed partioning on a 10GB drive is:
2GB FAT16 to hold all five operating systems (in separate directories). This partition will also hold a few Win31 applications and their data. (If 2GB is not enough, I can drop Win95.)
2GB FAT16 partition to hold Win95 and Win98 appllications and data. I assume it's necessary to install the applications twice, on top of each other so each OS can update its own registry. But are there any problems with this "on top" approach?
6GB NTFS partition to hold WinNT and Win2000 appllications and data. Again, I assume it's necessary to install the applications twice, on top of each other. But are there any problems?
Must the OS's be installed in a certain order? (I read something about Win95 overwriting boot.ini).
Will this approach work?
Is there a better way?