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Dual Boot Windows Support Page1: Question, will Windows allow me to dual boot between Windows~Me and Windows~XP. I would love to have both operating systems on my system so I can chose which one I want to use at boot time.
The answer is yes, I've installed Windows~XP on my 2nd HDD and left Win Me on the primary 1st HDD and everything is working great. It will also work just fine if you have Windows~ME on one partition and Windows~XP on the other partition on the same HDD.
A dual-boot or multiboot installation is an installation of Windows that leaves another operating system intact on your computer. When you start your computer, you can decide which operating system to run. In order to keep the versions of Windows separate, you install each in a separate partition.
Windows Setup Wizard can create a new partition if your hard disk has unused, unpartitioned space. It can install Windows into this new partition, leaving your existing operating system intact. You do not need to use a third-party partitioning program.
But, you may want to get a third-party partitioning program like PartitionMagic or BootIt NG to adjust the sizes of your existing partitions to make space for Windows. It's up to you. WinXpFix.com
Before you use the multibooting feature, you should consider the tradeoffs: each of the operating system (OS) uses valuable disk space, and file system compatibility can be very complex if you want to run Windows on one partition and an earlier OS on another partition. In addition, dynamic disk format introduced in Windows 2000 does not work with earlier operating systems. However, multibooting capabilities are a valuable feature providing the single-machine flexibility to run multiple operating systems.
Before you install Windows and an earlier version on the same machine, you must prepare your hard disk with different partitions.
When installing Windows on a new or reformatted hard disk, the Setup program typically does not partition your hard disk automatically. To create multiple partitions, choose Advanced Options during Setup and follow the instructions to create and name multiple partitions. You can also create partitions using Fdisk.
You can divide your hard disk into multiple partitions, and each partition can function as a separate logical drive. For example, logical drives C: and D: can both exist on the same hard disk, but function as separate disks. You should install each operating system on a different partition. Then install applications on the same partition as the operating system with which you run them. If an application is used with two different operating systems, install copies on both partitions. Placing each operating system in a separate partition ensures that it will not overwrite crucial files used by the other OS.
A basic disk can contain up to four partitions. Each partition can be formatted for use by a file system, such as FAT32 or NTFS.
In general, you should always install the most recent OS last. In this case, you should install Windows 2000 and then install Windows.
You can set up your computer so that it has multiple installations of Windows and Windows 2000 Professional. But, you must use a different computer name for each installation if the computer participates in a Windows 2000 Server domain. Because a unique security identifier (SID) is used for each installation of Windows on a domain, the computer name for each installation must be uniqueeven for multiple installations on the same computer. WinXpFix.com
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