Create XP partition for new operating system
Posted 16 June 2005 - 11:32 AM
Posted 16 June 2005 - 11:48 AM
First, windows xp must be installed on a fat32 file system (way harddrive is formatted), which is uncommon.
If it is fat32 by some strange quirk, it is doable in a semi-stragith forward fashion, as illustrated here:
That is a big if...
If it is NOT ntfs, the process is decidedly trickier.
Will the program not run in windows compatability mode?
How critical is this program--is he willing to spend some money? If so, a virtual pc program might be the answer. How long does he need the program? Vmware 5 can be used as trialware for 30 days, I think
Posted 16 June 2005 - 01:34 PM
As Gerry says, Win98 would have to go on a Fat32 partition, the drawback with this is that you would not see any of the files on the WinXP partition (assuming WinXP is on an ntfs partition). It does however work the other way round, i.e. if you were running WinXP you would be able to access folders and files on the Win98 partition.
Posted 16 June 2005 - 01:53 PM
If this is possible, how would we edit the Boot.ini file to allow us to select which operating system we wanted to commence with? Would it also be necessary for us to load the appropriate device drivers using both windows 98 and windows XP compatible drivers for the graphics card and other drives? I believe he really wants to have "two separate worlds" on his machine if that is possible. The only program that we must worry about in a windows 98 environment is his navigation program and that software can operate isolated from everything else except the OS. Thanks very much for your very kind attention to this problem and your assistance!
Posted 16 June 2005 - 02:18 PM
Posted 16 June 2005 - 03:00 PM
the simple answer is, I don't know, given the resources you have, if you can achieve what you want.
Given what you have that I know about, I can only speculate on what I might try if it were in front of me.
First thing I would do is image the system as present so I can get back to where you are now should everything fail. You could use norton ghost, i prefer acronis trueimage (personal preference)
you will need a disk imaging program
Then I would probably use partition magic to shrink the current partition as if I were about to create a new one, then I would ghost that partition (the smaller one), then wipe out the drive completely, create a smaller partition for windows 98, then restore windows xp to the open space after windows 98, then pick up the instructions from the link that I posted earlier at
Repairing the Windows XP Boot Loader
and try to recreate the xp boot loader.
Instead of Partition magic and ghost, you could also use qtparted and partimage which are clones for linux that are available on the self booting, system rescue disk.
Again, I have not tried this given your situation---the stumbling block is the toshiba pre-installed system.
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