This is my hardware configuration:
PIII 500 MHz
128 MB RAM
HDD 13.0 GB (Primary Master)
HDD 8.0 GB (Primary Slave)
SoundBlaster LIVE! 5.1
RIVA TNT2 Value 32 MB
IDE 48x CD-ROM (Secondary Master)
IDE 2x8x CD-R (Secondary Slave)
Realtek Ethernet Adapter
Windows 98 on C: (C:\WINDOWS)
Windows 2000 Professional on D: (D:\WINNT)
I installed Windows 98 first. And then Windows 2000 later. They were running fine until one day my brother inserted a Windows 98 boot floppy and from DOS mode typed:
This overwrote system files on drive C: I believe and the Dual-boot was gone. The computer would directly start to Windows 98. I think this has something to do with MSDOS.SYS and IO.SYS files. Of course, the Windows 2000 folders were all intact on drive D but the C:\ root got disturbed by doing SYS C:
Someone told me to repair my Windows 2000 installation. I inserted the Windows 2000 Professional CD and restarted my PC. There I got the option of "REPAIR A WINDOWS 2000 INSTALLATION". I did that. It did some repairs and restarted again. But no use. It still started directly in Windows 98 and there was no Dual-Boot menu.
What I did now was, I restarted my PC again with the Windows 2000 Professional CD and went on to setup. Now, this time, I chose the option "CLEAN INSTALL" instead of "REPAIR ... " Thinking that this might help, I proceeded. It asked me the drive and folder I would like to install Windows 2000 to. I gave the same D:\WINNT folder. It came up with a message that this folder will be overwritten and the all the user accounts will go. Well, there seemed to be no other way !!! It installed Windows 2000 Professional again and of course worked fine this time. There was a dual-boot menu. But all the user accounts / programs went away.
Now my question is: Is there a way to repair a Windows 2000 installation / dual-boot ?? Why doesn't the repair option that comes when you run the setup work fine ?? Was there something wrong I did ? Does this mean that everytime I re-install Windows 9X, I will have to re-install Windows 2000 again ??? I'd be really grateful if someone can give me the answers as I'm planning to re-install Windows 98 again but I DO NOT want to lose Windows 2000 accounts / programs. I just want to install Windows 98 WITHOUT disturbing the Windows 2000 installation.