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Old July 15th 04, 03:22 PM
Karen
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Default 2 operating systems

Can anyone tell me if it is possible to load 2 operating
systems on to one computer? We still need 98 for certain
programs that have not been updated from other
organizations but all our new computers are upgraded to
XP.Our director suggested we could load both operating
systems to one computer.

Thanks!
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Old July 15th 04, 03:39 PM
Gary S. Terhune
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Indeed it is, and possibly the best way to do that is to use Microsoft =
Virtual PC. This permits you to switch from one to the other "on the =
fly", rather than using partitioning and multi-boot schemes (though =
those methods definitely have their own advantages.)
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx

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Gary S. Terhune
MS MVP for Win9x
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Old July 15th 04, 05:51 PM
Ron Badour
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First, have you tried compatibility mode to run the programs? Right click
the shortcut (in some cases the actual execute file), properties,
compatibility tab.

Second, I use Virtual PC within WinXP so that I can easily call up W98 when
I need refreshing on directions I am giving. My personal experience with
VPC is that my old hardware (printer and scanner for which there are no XP
drivers) will not run in VPC. I had to create another primary partition and
load W98 to it.

Finally, the safest way to load two systems to the same hard drive is to get
a boot manager/partitioning program so that each system can have its own
partition to run from. I use:

BootIt Next Generation is available from: http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/
and it does partitioning, makes a compressed image, does many other
partitioning chores and is a boot manager. It is not quite as easy to use
as Partition Magic but it is half the cost and has more features. Unlike
the crippled PMagic demo, BING is a *full function* demo you can try for
FREE for 30 days. The web site has a lot of support articles.

--
Regards

Ron Badour, MS MVP for W98
Tips: http://home.satx.rr.com/badour
Knowledge Base Info:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=kbinfo

"Karen" wrote in message
...
Can anyone tell me if it is possible to load 2 operating
systems on to one computer? We still need 98 for certain
programs that have not been updated from other
organizations but all our new computers are upgraded to
XP.Our director suggested we could load both operating
systems to one computer.

Thanks!



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Old July 15th 04, 06:28 PM
Bill in Co.
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Default 2 operating systems

Now that is interesting. How come this has never been mentioned before?
So what's the catch (on the surface, this sounds too good to be true, but I
haven't researched it). Although if I read this right, it will not allow an
existing Win98SE system to add XP - it sounded like it was designed for the
other way around - you start with a newer system, and add the older legacy
system under Virtual PC. Plus I expect there will be some limitations to
running these things under the virtual PC shell.

Gary S. Terhune wrote:
Indeed it is, and possibly the best way to do that is to use Microsoft
Virtual PC. This permits you to switch from one to the other "on the fly",
rather than using partitioning and multi-boot schemes (though those

methods
definitely have their own advantages.)
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx

--
Gary S. Terhune
MS MVP for Win9x

"Karen" wrote in message
...
Can anyone tell me if it is possible to load 2 operating
systems on to one computer? We still need 98 for certain
programs that have not been updated from other
organizations but all our new computers are upgraded to
XP.Our director suggested we could load both operating
systems to one computer.

Thanks!



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Old July 15th 04, 06:54 PM
Gary S. Terhune
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Default 2 operating systems

It's a rather new product, Bill. I don't honestly know much about its =
limitations. It seems vaguely to make sense to me that a VPC containing =
XP or even 2K might not be very stable or even work at all on top of 9x, =
but my synapses can't coalesce on the exact reasons.

Interestingly, many people are using it to test Longhorn on top of XP =
systems.

Truth be told, Ron gave the better all around answer to the OP's =
question. But if Compatibility can't be solved, and it's only for that =
purpose (or as many of us use it, for test-beds), then VPC is an obvious =
choice due to not requiring reboot. Makes it easy to switch from one to =
the other on the fly.

--=20
Gary S. Terhune
MS MVP for Win9x
=20
"Bill in Co." wrote in message =
...
Now that is interesting. How come this has never been mentioned =

before?
So what's the catch (on the surface, this sounds too good to be true, =

but I
haven't researched it). Although if I read this right, it will not =

allow an
existing Win98SE system to add XP - it sounded like it was designed =

for the
other way around - you start with a newer system, and add the older =

legacy
system under Virtual PC. Plus I expect there will be some =

limitations to
running these things under the virtual PC shell.
=20
Gary S. Terhune wrote:
Indeed it is, and possibly the best way to do that is to use =

Microsoft
Virtual PC. This permits you to switch from one to the other "on the =

fly",
rather than using partitioning and multi-boot schemes (though those

methods
definitely have their own advantages.)
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx

--
Gary S. Terhune
MS MVP for Win9x

"Karen" wrote in message
...
Can anyone tell me if it is possible to load 2 operating
systems on to one computer? We still need 98 for certain
programs that have not been updated from other
organizations but all our new computers are upgraded to
XP.Our director suggested we could load both operating
systems to one computer.

Thanks!

=20

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Old July 15th 04, 10:07 PM
KevinC
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Default 2 operating systems

probably the easiest and least expensive way is to buy and
install a cheap second hard drive, load the OS you want
and edit the boot.ini file to let you choose which drive
to boot from each time you start.
-----Original Message-----
First, have you tried compatibility mode to run the

programs? Right click
the shortcut (in some cases the actual execute file),

properties,
compatibility tab.

Second, I use Virtual PC within WinXP so that I can

easily call up W98 when
I need refreshing on directions I am giving. My personal

experience with
VPC is that my old hardware (printer and scanner for

which there are no XP
drivers) will not run in VPC. I had to create another

primary partition and
load W98 to it.

Finally, the safest way to load two systems to the same

hard drive is to get
a boot manager/partitioning program so that each system

can have its own
partition to run from. I use:

BootIt Next Generation is available from:

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/
and it does partitioning, makes a compressed image, does

many other
partitioning chores and is a boot manager. It is not

quite as easy to use
as Partition Magic but it is half the cost and has more

features. Unlike
the crippled PMagic demo, BING is a *full function* demo

you can try for
FREE for 30 days. The web site has a lot of support

articles.

--
Regards

Ron Badour, MS MVP for W98
Tips: http://home.satx.rr.com/badour
Knowledge Base Info:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=kbinfo

"Karen" wrote in

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Can anyone tell me if it is possible to load 2 operating
systems on to one computer? We still need 98 for

certain
programs that have not been updated from other
organizations but all our new computers are upgraded to
XP.Our director suggested we could load both operating
systems to one computer.

Thanks!



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