coadman wrote:Newt has already covered(I think pretty well), what I need to do to set up the dual boot system.
what do you mean by this sentence?
i need some info on dual-booting too (i wanna set up something like that) can you explain?
"Newt" in another forum provided me with this answer,,I don't think he would mind me placing it here,,,as it is "only his opinion"
Lets assume you have your 98 load on C: and a CD drive labeled as D:
When you put in the XP install CD it will do a bit of this and that then bring you to a screen where you choose the drive where you want XP loaded. It should offer the choice of C: or F: (since the CD drive is not available).
Choose F: and make the partition there any size you want from 10Gb (about the minimum I'd ever put the XP OS on) to the full size of the drive. When you format the partition you'll have a choice of FAT32 or NTFS. Either one will be able to 'see' the 98 load but the 98 load will not be able to see a partition formatted NTFS. Usually not a problem and for me, NTFS is a better option since I think it is more stable and certainly has more security features. Other folks prefer to have it as FAT32. Your choice and either will work fine but if you go with FAT32 you will have quite a bit less effective storage space on the drive. Probably only about 2/3 as much as with NTFS.
When the XP install completes you will have a dual boot system and every time you start the PC you'll have the option to start in 98 or XP. The bulk of the XP files will be on F: although it will put a few system files on C: and will modify C: slightly to suit it's needs. Nothing you'll normally notice though.
Down the road if you want to just have XP, you can simply delete the 98 OS pieces and delete one line from the boot file to remove the 98 option since it would no longer work.