I needed to create a dual boot 98/XP machine, from a machine which already had XP installed and working well for a long time.
There was only one partiton to start with
I have used partition magic to resize the partition and move it to allow for a small partition at the start of the drive, I did this because of the PQmagic warning about the 98SE 8GB boot limit.
After thinking about that I dont think I needed to move the XP partition because if I had left the partition where it was XP would handle the initial boot sequence?
So what I have now is a machine which boots hapily into XP or 98, but I have to use PQmagic rescue disks to make each partition active to change operating sytems.
I have modified the boot.ini (in windows xp when its partition is active) file as follows,
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(0)\WINDOWS="98" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I get a boot option menu, however when I choose 98 I get the following error,
Windows could not start because the follwing file is missing or corrupt <windows root>system32\hal.dll
Is hal.dll a xp only thing?
any help would make my day, thanks