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adding Win98 to XP boot loader


I have WinXP pro on the primary IDE hard drive and Win98 on the secondary IDE hard drive. At present both systems operate independently and to get into Win98 I have to set the BIOS to boot from IDE1.

This situation came about because when I installed WinXP (upgrade version) I removed the secondary IDE HD from the machine (containing a clone of Win98) just in case it all went wrong!

Now I would like to know how to locate and edit the boot.ini file correctly so as to add Win98 to the XP boot loader.

Thanks, Alan

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Good grief Charlie Brown
Don't know if it will work. What drive letter has xp been assinged?
If it is C you might run into problems.

To get to the boot.ini right click my computer/properties/advanced/startup & recovery/settings/edit.

Also have a look at Install win9x After XP.
You can do that with a little app called BootPart. It's freeware and using this software you can add any OS (including Linux, OS/2, BeOS) to the Windows NT (= NT4.0, 2000, XP) bootloader.
Thanks for the info.

XP is on Drive C and Win98 on Drive D. (when in XP)

XP is on a NTFS partition. When I boot into Win98 it assigns 'C' to the secondary IDE. I thought that XP would have no problem booting Win98 provided you tell it where Win98 is.

I will certainly try Bootpart!

Thanks, Alan


Or, you can edit the boot files and include the Windows 98 section. On the XP OS, click START-->RUN-->boot.ini

This will open a text file. Add:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\="Windows 98"

This, however, might not work due to the standard installation for Dual Boot 98/XP requires that Windows 98 be on the first partition. Try it and see though.
Thanks Reg,

I have Win98 on a single partition on IDE1 (D:) whereas WinXP is on IDE0 (C:) - so should the line to add to boot.ini be.....

multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\="Windows 98"

If I clone my WinXP partition before doing anything will I be able to return the system to how is currently is? (I'm assuming that editing boot.ini does not affect the MBR directly)

Regards, Alan

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