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Dual Booting XP & 2000

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by doop, Feb 1, 2005.

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  1. doop

    doop Thread Starter

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    I've got two hard drives, one 80gb divided into two equal partitions, and the other drive's just for storage.

    So my main drive has 2k on it, and nothing on the second partition. I want to install XP on that second partition but I've never even installed an OS, let alone to dual boot....but I'm feeling brave (mostly because I've got an unattended setup disc!)

    If someone could help me answer these questions, then I should be good to go -

    1. Is there a difference between the second partition (which I was previously using to store video files), and a partition that can run an OS? In other words can I just install straight onto that partition or do I have to 'prepare' it for an OS?

    2. I've been told that I don't need to get any extra software to help me do this. If I don't need any software then I'd rather not install some, but I might want to reorganise the partitions to add another OS at a later date. From what I've read a partition manager could be handy in that respect....?

    The previous owner originally partitioned the drive with Partition Magic, so should I use that? He used it to partition and then discarded it, so I don't have it now. I can get it if it's needed though, would it be best to have the exact same version that he used or the new one?

    3. I know I had a third question, but I can't remember what it is, so hopefully something will jog my memory....


    btw, I've searched a little bit for info about partitioning and dual/multi booting but I haven't really got time to wade through search results to find good sites, so any links will be most gratefully clicked.
     
  2. crjdriver

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    Just boot with your xp cd [cd set as first boot device in the bios] Install xp on the partition you want. It will overwrite some files that are on the root of the primary partition; these being ntldr and ntdetec.com along with modding the boot.ini file. This is all done for you by xp setup; just choose which partition you want and you are good to go.

    You do not need any third party app to install the dual boot system. You will have a boot menu installed by setup for you. It will give a choice of os to load on bootup.
     
  3. doop

    doop Thread Starter

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    wow excellent !!

    ....it's really that easy?
     
  4. doop

    doop Thread Starter

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    I've got a problem.... :(

    INF file txtsetup.sif is missing or corrupt. What do I do?

    I've searched, but it looks like a bit of a minefield, so can anyone help me out?
     
  5. doop

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    Well I just opted for a different XP setup and it's fine. The disc I was using must have been the problem.
     
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