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Dual Boot Win ME & 2000
mead123 Jun-25-02 05:44 PM
I have read Larry's article on dual booting with Win Me and 2000.I have a few questions :

I have a 40 gig hard drive and i am planning to partition it in three, a 5 gigs for Win Me(fat 32), 5 Gigs for Win 2000(Ntfs) and the remaining 30 gig for data(fat 32). Is this the best config since i would be using WinMe the most and would like to share applications/files across both OS?

Secondly i want to do a fresh install should i make all the partitions into fat32 ?

Normally when a dual bot systems starts it waits 30 second for the user to choose which os to boot into, is there a way to reduce the time to 5 seconds (for unmonitored boot up)

== Mead ==


1. RE: Dual Boot Win ME & 2000
lbyard Jun-25-02 06:51 PM
In response to message 0
5 GBytes is probably OK for Windows 2K. 5G might be enough for Me depending on what you are doing and if the System Restore function is disabled. I have 5G on C: for Me. If I have System Restore enabled, I'll bump up against it once in while, and that is annoying. If you want to see the data with both operating systems, it has to be FAT32. Me won't see an NTFS partition. I would forget Me and run 2K. And I might, except a lot more people are still asking me 98 and Me questions than 2K and XP questions. And XP is starting to get close to overtaking both of them, according to my web stats. Larry

2. RE: Dual Boot Win ME & 2000
mead123 Jun-25-02 07:23 PM
In response to message 1
Thanks for the reply Larry

I agree with you about the Win2k and XP issue but the only reason why i want to include WinMe is the possible problems i may encounter with older non XP / 2K compatable software.

btw what about the third question :

Normally when a dual boot systems start it waits 30 seconds for the user to choose which os to boot into, is there a way to reduce the time to 5 seconds (for unmonitored boot up)

== Mead ==


4. RE: Dual Boot Win ME & 2000
lbyard Jun-26-02 01:55 PM
In response to message 2
I think you can do that by uncommenting/changing the Timeout= line in c:\boot.ini, but I have a third party boot manager running and haven't time right now to verify it. Let us know. Larry

5. RE: Dual Boot Win ME & 2000
DJ Net2Infinity Jun-27-02 00:47 AM
In response to message 4
Larry you are correct, I go to the command prompt and type notepad boot.ini and modify it and then save it. It looks like this:


timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect


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