I was just wondering, as I have XP Pro on the first partition, ME on the second, and soon to be 95B (Purely for DOS Stuff) on the third. Is it possible to have 3 O/S's listed in the Boot.ini, and detect them???
I'm pretty sure there are third party software utilitilies that will allow you to install in any order, but if you want to stick entirely to Windows then you'll need to follow certain guidelines like not being able to install 95 and 98 together on the same system. I don't think you'll have a problem installing the three OS's you mentioned as long as you follow the correct procedure. Good luck and have fun.
You can choose the partition/drive to install XP Pro to when performing a clean install, a couple of boxes pop up which allow you to customize the installation one of the options is to allow you to choose the install drive/partition.
you could make REALLY multiboot when using NT based os'es in combination with win9x versions
make 20 or so drives with fdisk, install win9x on the c: drive and install a new version of any NT based OS on all the other partitions.... should look nice at bootup, but they would all work independently from eachother.
Why not use System Commander or some other utility such as that... I personally really enjoy System Commander, I can run all kinds of shit with it. Even that 60GB hard drive, that they said wasnt compatible with Linux (The EZ-Bios in the MBR adn LILO dont like each other very much) but hell System Commander made it work. I have to go through a boot loader to get to another boot loader to launch my OS - but it fuggin works....
System Commander can cause other problems if you should choose to re-install the operating system(s). Not saying it does all the time, but i have seen it happen. Setup will not allow you to continue a lot of times with a stop 0x0000007b error.
if you do want to install win95 onto E: and it replaces the mbr (which it will do), you can boot with the XP disk, choose recovery console and run these commands:
this should repair the MBR, redetect and reconfigure the boot.ini file to display the other OS's on the system. I would say wait till you have another HD if you are not familiar with the Recovery Console commands and switches.