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#1 madman6510

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 06:14 PM

If I have two operating systems loaded on a computer, when I turn it on, will it automatically ask what operating system I want to use, will it not boot, or will it just pick one? Do I need a special program to get to choose what one I want?

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 07:35 PM

If you've setup both OS's correctly, then yes.

For example:

If you wanted to have both Windows 98SE and Window XP on the same computer you would need to:
1. Partiton your hard drive into two or more logical drives
2. Install Windows 98SE on the first drive
3. Install Windows XP on the second drive

Now when you started up the computer, you would be presented with a menu from which you could choose your operating system. All major OS's (Windows, Linux, etc) come with their own bootloader (which presents the menu to you.

What OS's were you looking to install?

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 07:44 PM

If you want to have the PC bootup without asking what operating system you can Edit The Boot.INI File
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 07:59 PM

If you've setup both OS's correctly, then yes.

For example:

If you wanted to have both Windows 98SE and Window XP on the same computer you would need to:
1. Partiton your hard drive into two or more logical drives
2. Install Windows 98SE on the first drive
3. Install Windows XP on the second drive

Now when you started up the computer, you would be presented with a menu from which you could choose your operating system. All major OS's (Windows, Linux, etc) come with their own bootloader (which presents the menu to you.

What OS's were you looking to install?


I was looking at Windows XP and Linux. (Yes, the drive is FAT, Linux can write on the HDD)

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 04:12 PM

Try looking at this for further info. You can find a lot more by googleing "dual boot linux and Windows XP" or something similar. Also, I'm not a Linux person so I'm not sure, but there may be issues specific to a particular flavor of Linux, so you may want to check out either the Bleeping Computer Linux Forum or the help forum for your flavor's webpage.




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