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win2k/98 co-exist same partition (change c:\Program files location)

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I have win2k and win98 co-exit in the same partition. They seem to work fine

But when I come to install new softwares, both win98 and win2k will install programs to the same directory: C:\Program files

I think the problem can be solve by specifying a different path (such as C:\Program for NT) for win2k. so, how to specify a new path for win2k to install new program?
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Open Tweak to the "My Computer" tab and the section labeled "Special Folders" you can change the path of the "Program Files" folder.

Also you may need to make some registry changes the following free utility is excellent in assiting to make these changes.

http://www.pcmag.com/article/0,2997,s=1478&a=4506,00.asp
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Tweak

http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-1461985-100-2830963.html

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http://www.microsoft.com/ntworkstation/downloads/PowerToys/Networking/NTTweakUI.asp

or
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsme/guide/tweakui.exe


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Just to comment, I think that CrazyOne meant to say open TweakUI. This is a Windows Tweaking application that you can download and install for free from just about anywhere including www.download.com.

http://download.com.com/3000-2341-2830963.html?tag=lst-0-1
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Thanks jmiller47 that is what I meant. :>)

Also you will want to change the C:\Program Files\Common Files "Commnon Program Files" path as well. Especially since this folder is used by some applications for sharing dll's, ocx's, etc.
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MS does NOT recomment this configuration.
Even with the above tips, there is still too much of a chance of corruption in the Program Files dir since it is being shared.


 MS suggestions for dual boot, and FAT limitations.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q289283&GSSNB=1
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I hope this helps !
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>>>there is still too much of a chance of corruption in the Program Files dir since it is being shared.

Not if one of the OS's uses a different path or name for the Program Files directory. Nothing will be shared then between the OS's regarding these folders.

I do agree though that it is best to use seperate partitions for each OS. But CYBERWORLD already has set it up on the same partitions and claims every thing is running fine. But would like each OS to have seperate Program File folders, which is a wise thing to do.
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Thanks.... seems work fine!



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You are welcome. :>)
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