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Gswiss

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On a laptop, I have a faulty dvd burner which does not recognize bootable cd's or dvd's although it can read them once xp is launched.

With xp already installed, I would like to install a dual boot environment with w2k-sp4. Whenever I click on setup on the w2k cd, I get a rebuttal from Microsoft stating that the OS I want to install is older the installed one.

I copied the cd contents to hard disk and tried from there. Same message.

Is there a parameter I can work on which would suppress this lock Microsoft has put in so that I could run the setup from i386 from hard disk?
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Neil Jones

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Win2k came out before XP and by running Setup in Windows, what you would be doing is replacing that version of Windows with the one you're running Setup for. In the case of Win2k on XP, its not going to let you do it.

If you want a dual-boot configuration the only way you can do this is by booting off the Win2k CD. The other catch is, you can't dual-boot XP and Win2k on the same hard drive if you have XP already installed - the Win2k setup routine will break it - not just break it, but really break it break it. If you install Win2k to a separate drive you don't have this issue. But if you want the two on the same drive, you need to install Win2k first, then XP.
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You are right and I'm aware of those restrictions. But there are always workarounds and here are at least 2 solutions that I discovered (there are more):

1) The most "comfortable" solution. Implementation of a Boot Manager such as Acronis OS Selector which should allow me to install any OS.

2) If it ever backfires, W2k can be installed through the four W2k setup diskettes. I successfully initiated the process. It went normally through the recognition of existing xp partitions and allowed me to select the area where the W2k partition was to be placed. I voluntarily stopped its formatting when I realised everything appeared to be fine and dandy.
Solution 1 will probably require the least fiddling around and turn out to be the safest and the fastest.

FYI, I succeeded in installing XP alongside a pre-installed Vista without a hitch. Very simply. I could even install w2k-sp4, the better performer of the three, alongside Vista, using the same process.

Edited by Gswiss, 01 August 2007 - 10:25 AM.

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Whatever makes you happy but I personally don't like using third party boot managers when Windows will set it all up for you by itself if you're prepared to play by its rules.
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