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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by PODNickerz, Apr 25, 2002.

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  1. PODNickerz

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    Well, my question is just that if i were to install 2 operating systems on my computer, how would i do it? would i just install the new one and press f8 or something at the computer start up to switch between them?

    Thanks :0)
     
  2. PODNickerz

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    and just in case u need to know. the current one is windows 2000 and the one i going to install is xp pro :)
    I know i should just install one but just dont ask :D
     
  3. rawmeat

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    I have not done this with XP, but it should work the same as before. As long as the older OS (win2k) is installed first, then you simply install the XP to a new folder (not winnt) and it will create the boot.ini file with both entries. The default entry will be XP and the time to choose should default to 30 seconds (changeable). When you boot up, you will be presented with a DOS screen with probably 4 choices (XP, XP with safe video, 2k and 2k with video option). The default is highlighted and the up/down arrows change the selection. Once the selection is changed, the timer is off and you must press enter to select the highlighted OS.
     
  4. Nick Scott

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    Rawmeat is right on the money again, but I would add one caveat, which is that if you are going to install such similar OS's (w2K is NT5 and XP is is NT5.1) on the same machine its best to do so on seperate partitions of your hard drive.
     
  5. PODNickerz

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    how would i do that and would i still beable to access the same files i have on my computer with xp without installing them all over again?
     
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    Hi,

    Use a third party tool like partiton magic 5.0 or above to partiton your hdd

    make two primary partitons and remaning logical partitons as u need

    then hide one primary partiton , making the other active

    now install a software called as 'boot loader' or any other software the helps u to load multiple os's
    i would preffer XOSL - it is given in many mag cd's or you can search for 'xosl or guert vous - xosl'

    in the xosl - extended os loader u can add the pri partitons u want to boot from
    now select the active primary partiton

    now install the new os reboot and boot from the other pri partiton and install a new os

    i have about four os on my system
    winme
    win2k
    linux
    winxp

    try it
    its fun

    and u can share the data from all the partions

    byr
    vij
     
  8. Nick Scott

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    If you are just installing W2K and XP, and have no plans to triple boot with something else, you can just use the boot loader that XP will install automatically when you install it to the second hard drive. You also don't need to make that second partition active as XP will put its boot files onto C along with W2K's.
     
  9. mal1930

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    Hi, I have a dual operating system and the XP install disk does it all for you it it is the last system you install. I think it starts off giving you 30 seconds to chose which system you want but that is easily fixed once you start using XP. I changed mine to 3 seconds as I usually use XP.

    I installed it to a separate drive and it made the boot up menu and worked out where to install the system.

    I understand that if you install as a new system on the same disk as your old OS it will partition the disk for you and install XP on the new partition. Of course it will have to ask you a couple of questions on the way but only easy ones such as how much space to make the new partition etc.

    I was surprised how easy it made the whole operation.

    I did have some trouble but that was with my CD Rom and had maybe 4 or 5 false starts. I then copied the CD to my hard disc and whoosh away she went like a bolt out of the blue. love Mal
     
  10. PODNickerz

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    So your saying, i make one new partition, which all together is 2 partitions and then i stall xp on the new one and the 2 os can automatically share the files?
     
  11. mal1930

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    HI, Unfortunately not quite right. The CD will install the XP system and the dual boot menu for you but you will need to reinstall all your programs into XP before they will work.

    You can install them into the old folders and yes there is no need for two copies of the program but unless you install them again XP will not have the registry items it need to open them. they would also not be in your start menu.

    I had a lot of programs in Win98 that I no longer used and only installed the ones I wanted to use in XP something like a dozen or so compared to hundreds in the old system.

    If you upgrade over the old system then Xp would not need the programs to be installed again.

    If you have a dual boot system each one is really separate and whilst it is possible to install the programs to your old folder it will not work with such programs as Norton Systemworks which would require different info for each system.

    Why not do it my way and just install the programs you are using at the present or in the future. You must have some you have not looked at for ages.

    Do a Google search for installing XP, I learned how to do it and how easy it was from them. I think Windows Mag had an article. ZD net will have one too. love Mal
     
  12. Nick Scott

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    Also, just to add a little caveat to what mal said, you would definitely want install W2K first on the system and XP second. It can cause problems if you do it the other way round.
     
  13. mal1930

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    HI, I agree with you although I have no experience myself, I have read where XP has to be the last OS installed. love Mal
     
  14. PODNickerz

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    Ok, thanks guys n' gals ;)

    Oh and mal, i love you too! :D
     
  15. mal1930

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    Hi, Thanks for loving me, I belonged to forums where there are few men and just got into the habit of adding love to my signature. Sometimes habits are hard to break and anyway there is not enough love in the world anyway.

    About installing programs if you get a new program and want to use it on both systems you will have to install it on each one separately.

    I only use XP now but if I ever want to use my scanner I will need Win98 other wise I would just stick to XP.

    The programs on Win98 were mostly games for my grand kids who are now to old to bother with them anyway. love Mal
     
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