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Dual booting to a previous OS


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Seltox

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Hey, I wanna set up a dual boot. XP Professional and 98SE (To mess about with pretty much :)).

I've got a 200gb Samsung HDD (200gb apparently, seems to only find 189gb of it. I'm aware it's not exact, but 11gb is quite a bit, isn't it?). I've got the whole thing partitioned int one drive, with XP and everything else on it. I still have about 140GB unused space, and i'd like to get like 5gb for a Win98SE setup, and then have a dualboot for it.

Is this possible without an uninstall or too much risk? if so, detailed instructions? :)
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I don't have much experience with this, however, this iknow:

1: The older OS (win98) must be installed first, then the newer one.

2: Each should be installed in it's own partition. Presently you have only one.

3: Win98 will only run in FAT32 file system. XP can run both in FAT and NTFS but there is question if XP will enable a very large FAT partition.

Have a look at this link where they discuss the options.
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ahahaa, XP will run on a large FAT32 system :). Before I had any idea about this stuff I installed it as that. Re-installed my OS to make it NTFS later on though.
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XP was meant to run on NTFS but since win98, which prceeded xp and win2000 was still very popular and running on FAT, Microsoft had to make XP compatible to older systems. As far as I remember, if you try to install XP, formatting to FAT in the process, You will be limited to a partition size of about 40 gig. If you format your hard disk under DOS you can create large partitions and keep FAT by choosing to leave the file system as it is during xp installation.
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