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Dual Boot - Can both be open at the same time?
Howard Dec-05-01 03:23 AM
Going to build a new system and would like to be able to migrate all my old "stuff" from my old hard drive running W98 and to be installed as a slave to the new master hard drive dual booted with W XP at my liesure. Be nice to open both versions of Windows like multiple open windows in Explorer. Possible??

Howard - Miami Fl


1. RE: Dual Boot - Can both be open at the same time?
falconb1 Dec-05-01 05:11 AM
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Howard,

You can use Partition Magic (http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic )to partition your drive and use their BootMagic app to boot either the XP or the Win98. Then you can decide which you like best and abandon the other. You won't be able to run both at the same time, like XP in one window and 98 in the other. That's back to the future stuff. Not yet possible. But with 3D chip architecture...mmm...

-falconb1


2. RE: Dual Boot - Can both be open at the same time?
lbyard Dec-05-01 04:35 PM
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Yes, You should be able to see both drives in separate Windows with two instance of the Windows Explorer and copy from one to the other (or just use one instance of the Windows Explorer to perform the task). However, you cannot (and don’t have to) run both operating systems at the same time. 98 cannot see NTFS formatted drives, but XP can see NTFS and the FAT32 formatted drives and copy stuff between them (another mythe "bytes" the dust). XP can use FAT32, but NTFS is better. XP can convert FAT32 drives to NTFS, but not back again. Larry

3. RE: Dual Boot - Can both be open at the same time?
Howard Dec-05-01 09:58 PM
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Gotcha so far. I want to take this one step further - Lets see - say I have a program installed on D (slave drice) which I installed using W 98 (installed also on D). I now want to also access the same program with W XP which is on C (master drive of course). Do I have to install the program again using W XP?

I know little about the "Registry" but I suspect that eash OS has it's own which would mean I would have to install my program seperately for each OS - - or do I have my head in a dark place?

What all this is leading to is a strategy to bring over some/all programs from my "old" computer running under W 98 to a new computer using W XP and be able to do it with minimum fuss and at my own pace with minimum down time.


4. RE: Dual Boot - Can both be open at the same time?
lbyard Dec-06-01 05:23 PM
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>Do I have to install the program again using W XP?

Most likely, but it probably depends on the program. A simple program, which does not depend on the Windows registry or stuff in the windows directory, may work. I would not try it.

>What all this is leading to is a strategy to bring over some/all programs from my "old" computer running under W 98 to a new computer using W XP.

Look at the XP User State Migration in Windows XP at http://www.microsoft.com/WINDOWSXP/pro/evaluation/overviews/usmt.asp.
I have not used these capabilities and have not heard how good they are. “…only applications settings are migrated; actual applications are not migrated. You will need to re-install applications on your new computer.” Larry


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