Need help to create a dual boot system


J

Jim

I'm running Windows 2000 Professional on one of my older systems and I would
install Windows XP Home on a second HD as an alternate OS. My second HD is
formatted but that's all.

I've already installed OSL2000 which is an advanced dual boot manager but
have gone no further. Now when I boot my system it prompts me to boot from
the main disk or the blank disk.

My question is how do I install Windows XP on this second drive?

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Jim
 
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LabRat

Jim voiced his/her/it's humble opinion in
microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support on Thu 23 Nov 2006
11:58:31a:
I'm running Windows 2000 Professional on one of my older systems and I
would install Windows XP Home on a second HD as an alternate OS. My
second HD is formatted but that's all.

I've already installed OSL2000 which is an advanced dual boot manager
but have gone no further. Now when I boot my system it prompts me to
boot from the main disk or the blank disk.

My question is how do I install Windows XP on this second drive?

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Jim

Just boot from your XP CD and tell it to install to the second drive. A
seperate boot manager is not really needed as a boot.ini file will be
created giving you the option to pick the OS you want to boot. Xp will
of course set itself up as the default boot OS.

I'm using 98SE/XP Pro/Ubuntu Linux.


Later......

LabRat...... |:^{)
 
J

Jim

Unfortunately this is an older IBM system and its bios does not support
booting from the CD - what are my options?

Thanks
 
J

Jim

Since my bios won't allow me to boot from the Windows XP Home CD, what would
happen if I access that CD after Windows 2000 loads and then run it's
startup file? Will Windows Home edition detect and allow me to install the
OS on my seperate D drive? I certainly don't want to overwrite my Windows
2000 OS.

Thanks
 
L

LabRat

Jim voiced his/her/it's humble opinion in
microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support on Thu 23 Nov 2006 01:53:22p:
Unfortunately this is an older IBM system and its bios does not support
booting from the CD - what are my options?

Thanks

boot with a rescue disk and run d:\setup. d: being your cd drive. If not
use appropriate letter.

If it's that old I'd think twice about installing XP but it should work
albeit a bit slow.

Later......

LabRat...... |:^{)
 
R

Ron Martell

Jim said:
Unfortunately this is an older IBM system and its bios does not support
booting from the CD - what are my options?

Something that old is probably going to be too slow to run XP
effectively.

Boot into Windows 2000 and then insert the XP CD. It should autorun
and give you the opening Setup menu. You will be given a choice as to
where to install Windows XP. Just choose the second hard drive.

Note that the XP Install will overwrite your existing Boot Manager and
create its own dual boot configuration. If you want to use your Boot
Manager instead you will have to reinstall or repair it.

Good luck

Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP (1997 - 2006)
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca
Syberfix Remote Computer Repair

"Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference
has never been in bed with a mosquito."
 
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Jim

Thanks Ron, excellent suggestion. I'm in the process of installing right
now, hope everything works out.
 
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J

Jim

Yes Ron, the installation method you suggested was successful - thanks.

Unfortunately the performance of Windows XP on this older system was too
slow so I decided to re-format the second drive and just use Windows 2000.
That OS does run well on this computer.

Now how do I remove the dual boot configuration (not the OSL Boot Manager)
which pops up when I boot?

Many Thanks again.
 

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