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Running Multiple Operating Systems
Author: Kyle Maulden       Date: January 17th 1999
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Now comes the more complicated part--partitioning your hard drive. IF you wish, you can install Windows 2000 on the same FAT32 partition that you installed Windows 98 on. In this case you can skip down a few paragraphs. The best partitioning software I have come across is Partition Magic 5.0. Of course you can use the DOS command, 'FDISK', but this command is fairly difficult to use, and you can really screw things up if you don't know what your doing. So in this case I would recommend going out and purchasing a copy of Partition Magic, it's not very expensive. ($54 from

There are two file systems that Windows 2000 can use. The first, is FAT32. This is the one you most likely are using with Windows 98 (unless your crazy and are still using FAT16). Windows 2000 can easily be installed on this partition if you wish, but making a partition that uses NTFS file system provides speedier disk access, as well as file security options. First, load up that copy of Partition Magic. For this article, I myself used Partition Magic 4.0, since I already had a copy of it, and it does it's job (so there's not much need to upgrade to 5.0, yet). Note! Be sure to defrag your hard drive first, moving all of the data to the front of the drive. This way when the new partition is created, you don't lose your files! Once in Partition Magic, click on the "Create New Partition" button. This wizard will allow you to create new partitions with ease. Click Next a few times until it lets you select the file system that you would like to use. Click on NTFS. Click Next, and you will be asked the size of the partition. Enter the desired size. Once you click Next a few more times, you will be asked to reboot to have the new partition created.

If all goes well, and you remembered to defrag, when you reboot and get back into Windows 98, you will be ready to install Windows 2000. Don't be alarmed if you were expecting a new drive letter to appear in Windows 98. Win98 can't read NTFS partitions.

Here is where you can start reading if you skipped the step of creating a NTFS partition. Now from Windows 98, insert the Windows 2000 CD-ROM, or if you are installing from your hard drive, click on setup.exe. Most likely, a prompt will appear saying that this version of Windows is newer than the one you are currently using, and would ask you if you would like to upgrade. Select No. Now click on the button that says Install Windows 2000. You will now be prompted with two options. The first is the upgrade option. This is if you would like to install Windows 2000 in place of Windows 98 (IE: When you upgraded Win95 to Win98, if you did that). In this case we don't want that, as the whole point of this exercise is to be running multiple OS', right? Choose the clean install option, and click Next.

Once you get to the screen asking you about Accessibility options, and other things, click the button in the middle, and select the box labelled "Copy all files to hard disk" or something similar. This just insures that setup will be able to find all the files without trouble later on in the installation (I once tried without that option, and I had a few errors about missing files for some odd reason). Now click Next, and the file copying process will begin. Once that is done, your computer will reboot to go into the DOS portion of the installation.

You'll notice something new when you reboot, Windows 2000's boot manager. You will have two options, "Microsoft Windows" and "Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Setup". If you choose Microsoft Windows, you will be loaded into Windows 98 just like normal. But of course choose the Win2k setup. You'll be loaded to a blue screen (no, not the blue screen of death, just a blue screen) where a bunch of drivers flash at the bottom of your screen. If you are using a SCSI card or your hard drives are connected to some other add-on board, then be sure to press F6 when it prompts you to at the bottom of the screen, letting you load the drivers for that card later on during installation. After going through some information screens, you'll be asked where you wish to install Win2k. If the drive shown is not the drive you would like to use, then press ESC (usually ESC, may be something else so be sure to read the instructions) and select the partition on which you want to install it. Since you should already have a NTFS partition (unless your installing it to a FAT32 partition) you should be sure to select the option "Leave current file system". File copying will now begin, followed by a reboot, then the rest of the installation is Windows based. 

The entire rest of the installation is pretty straight forward--detecting your hardware, setting up certain settings, administration password, etc. Once that's all done, your system will once again reboot, and you will be prompted as to which OS to use. Your ready to go. (except maybe installing a few drivers)

You now should have two fully functional operating systems installed and running. Now, on to the next step: installing Linux.

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