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Dual boot is lost

Posted on 2003-02-28
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13
After working fine with dual boot (98 & W2K),
I have reinstalled windows98. Now, when I boot the PC it does not ask me which OS should it boot from.
Each OS has it own partition.

How can I restore this?

Question by:peledc
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by:Callum Ashton
ID: 8041372
Personally I would reinstall W2k over the your original Windows 2k, as this will make the W2k Boot.ini the active one, and you will then be able to setup the boot menu.

By reinstalling over the top of your current version of W2K, all your drivers and windows settings will be kept.

Hope this helps... Contact me if you need any other info.


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Callum Ashton earned 2000 total points
ID: 8041427
I've just been thinking and you could use a bootloader instead of reinstalling anything.  

The one that I'm currently using on my notebook is XOSL it's a great tool, you can manage your partitions have a boot menu and do many other things.  It's really easy to setup and the great thing it's completely FREE.

You can see more info and download the program from:


Either of these soloutions i've posted should work.

Personally I would give the XOSL a try, as it offers many more features than the standard Windows Menu and has a GUI Interface. At the end of the day if you don't like it, it's easy to uninstall it.


Expert Comment

ID: 8041507
I don't think a boot loader would help at this point...  you may have to reinstall, but before reinstalling I would try running the repair options for Windows 2000.  The article below from Microsoft describes the scenario where a user installed Win98 after installing Win2K.  Also, remember that Win98 cannot read NTFS partitions, so Microsoft does not recommend you use NTFS on the Win2K partition if you want to have a dual boot with Win98.

You may have read articles from Microsoft that installing Win98 after Win2K is ok, and that is the first correction they made at the article.


Other articles about this issue:


Expert Comment

by:Callum Ashton
ID: 8041712
The articles that modifiers quoted are the ones that I used when I had the same problem. They helpful

I personally found that the standard W2k repair option didn't work in this case, I had to go to the install option and this then brings up another repair option which reinstalls most the files and fixes the master boot record (mbr).

Later I found in an article somewhere (the location of which I can't remember) that when an Microsoft OS is installed it set's it's mbr as default.  This means that the W2k mbr is still in tact on the other partition but the W98 mbr is set as the default.

This is why I suggested the boot loader as you can tell it to boot from what ever mbr or partition you want. I have since used this method on a number of computers with this problem and it has always worked for me.

Either option will work though.



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