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Triple boot - Dos, 98 and XP

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I am looking to set up a triple boot system with DOS, 98 and XP.   How can I do this with XP currently installed?  
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Boot Magic could help.
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Actually, I prefer System Commander.
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I used to use System Commander to multiboot DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Me, NT4 Workstation, NT4 Server, 2000 Pro, 2000 Server, XP Po, and 2003 (beta).

Now I just use Virtual PC so I don't have to reboot to run the OS - I find it FAR more convenient.
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I bought some cheap and cheerful IDE disk bays, and just would swap the disks over - one for each OS.  Cost about £12 each, 5 years back:

Benefits - cheap, reliable (if one disk went, the others were unaffected), no grief with dual-boot.  
Problems - hard to share data between the disks - but you could always have a (FAT) disk fitted internally to share data.

http://www.provantage.com/startech-snt127abk~7STRP055.htm
- these are actually the models that I used, way back.... and $14 isn't too shabby a price either.  As long as you have a spare 5.25" bay left!

Note - if you're running w98, then you're pretty damn close to dos anyway...
Hi,
you have already winXP, take the easy way and go for Virtual PC  or VMware
http://www.vmware.com/
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx

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As mentioned by the others, you will need additional drives or partitions.
You can use Partition Magic, a Knoppix boot CD or any of a number of free utility programs to re-partition your exising drive if that is the way you want to go.

For the additional installs and multi-booting ... XP can handle this.
Take a look at these pages, it steps you through the install of 98 on a pre-existing XP machine ... follow the same steps for the other OSes ... http://www.winxpfix.com/page5-db4.htm#p4
DOS should be an esy one once you have the partition created, just sys it and then you can copy any files you want to it   :)

Here are some other references to multi-booting XP ...
http://labmice.techtarget.com/windowsxp/Install/dualboot.htm
http://www.bootstrike.com/WinXP/dualboot.html

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Thanks for all the help.  Finaslly, what I ended up doing is that I loaded DOS, made an Image using Norton Ghost to a CD.   loaded 98, made a CD.   Made an Image of XP.    partitioned the drive into 3 PRIMARY partitions.(Fat 16, Fat 32, NTFS)   Next I copied each image to the designated partition.
Used GAG bootloader to select the partition to boot off of.   Worked Great!  Didnt have to  reload XP.
Thanks again!
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