2 HD's one is xp the other blank-would like to run 98 on blank

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I have win XP running on the master hd, but I'd like to install win98 on the second one. My question is how and if this can be done! I tried tricking the system into looking at the d drive as the master but it says that an operating system is installed already. Will it mess up XP if I install win98 at the d prompt?
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someone may have an easier solution but here goes,
disconnect your XP drive, configure the empty one and format it. Install windows 98.

reinstall your XP drive as master and 98 as slave.
It should boot to XP, then use the repair installion for XP and it will create a dual boot menu
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>Will it mess up XP if I install win98 at the d prompt?
yes
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actually it won't setup. you have a newer OS already installed
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sorgie: I think your way is correct except the 98 drive has to be the master and then run a repair from windows 98, if you slave 98 in then it is ony going to boot to XP, IMHO. Dave

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So do I slave the 98 or make it the master, and how do I run the repair on either one?

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Your 98 has to be the master and then run XP from within windows 98 and when it starts up select a repair and it will\should find its directory on the other harddrive or it will ask you where it is, it will then replace the missing files for dualboot.

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ok Dave point well taken but I think we got him on the right track but will 98 create a boot menu I thought 200 and XP will?? That is why I suggested the repair of XP
i found this, where someone has already asked this similar question and this was the answer:

HOW TO: Create a Multiple-Boot System in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q306559

"When you start your computer, the boot menu does not appear and you are unable to start Windows XP.

This issue may occur if you install Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me after you install Windows XP.

To resolve this issue, repair, or reinstall Windows XP."

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In order to dual boot with Windows 95/98, the bootable hard drive (normally C:) must be formated as FAT or FAT32. If it's NTFS, Windows 98 will never boot of the drive (can't read the boot sector).

My suggestion would be to back up your files, format your drives and start from scratch ensuring the bootable hard drive is formatted as FAT (if under 2GB) or FAT32 then install Windows 98 FIRST, then XP after
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sorgie: Once they start with 98 as the master then it will just bring them to 98, then run xp setup and do a repair or recovery program and that will put the necessary dualboot files in the root of "C" where 98 is installed. Usually you have to install in the correct order 98 first and this a workaround to accomplish the same thing. A sneaky way! hehehe

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ajhunt: If the master drive is 98 as they are going to do then I am sure it will not be NTFS, it will be fat and should be fat32. I am sure you are trying to help, but may be confusing things for others, IMHO. Dave

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thanks DAVE
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