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Thread: How to install Windows® 98/Me after installing XP?

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    How to install Windows® 98/Me after installing XP?

    Necessary Criteria

    This procedure assumes that Windows XP is installed on drive C: No support is offered for other drive letters.

    Drive C: must be FAT16 or FAT32 to be able to install Windows 98/Me after XP is already installed. The 98/Me installation routine cannot write to an NTFS partition.

    If your C: drive is not FAT or FAT32, you CANNOT complete this procedure. You will need a 3rd party boot manager.

    You must have a second hard disk or partition formatted for FAT16/32 in order to be able to install Windows 98/Me.

    Installing 98/Me to the same partition as Windows XP is NOT RECOMMENDED!

    I recommend the use of a Windows 98/Me Startup disk for this procedure.

    If you don't have one, you can download the necessary files from

    You should ensure that DEBUG.EXE is on your Startup disk. If it isn't, it can be copied from the Windows\Command folder. On a 98/Me Startup disk, created from Add/Remove Programs, its in the EBD.CAB file on the Startup disk. For a 98 Startup disk created from FAT32EBD.EXE its on the floppy

    Installing Windows® 98

    1) Use a Win98/Me Startup disk (with CD support) to boot your computer.
    2) Insert your Win98/Me CD into the CD Rom drive.
    3) At the A: prompt type X:\Win98\Setup.exe (for Win9 or X:\Win9x\Setup.exe (for Win Me) where X: is your CD-ROM drive.
    4) Proceed with the install. When prompted for the install location, you'll see C:\Windows.000. Choose Other directory and change this to the drive you wish to install 98/Me to and name the folder Windows (or something else if you prefer).
    5) Complete the Win98/Me install. Allow the computer to boot into Win98/Me.

    Repairing the Windows® XP Boot Loader

    1) Create a Win98/Me Startup Disk
    2) Create a Notepad file with the following entries, exactly as shown:

    L 100 2 0 1
    R BX
    R CX

    3) Save the file to the Win98/Me Startup Disk as READ.SCR
    4) Boot the computer with the Win98/Me Startup Disk and at the A: prompt type



    Steps 1 - 4 create the BOOTSECT.DOS file needed to boot Win98/Me. For your convenience, you can download READ.SCR here. I suggest you use right click and Save As. You may need to use the ATTRIB C:\BOOTSECT.DOS -S -H -R command if BOOTSECT.DOS already exists and you get an error when trying to recreate it.

    5) Configure your computer to boot from the CD drive. This is done in the BIOS, or your computer may offer the option at startup if it detects a bootable CD
    6) Insert your XP CD and boot from it.
    7) You'll see some files being copied, then you'll be presented with a choice of installing or
    repairing an existing installation. Choose Repair.
    You'll be asked which XP installation you want to log into. Enter 1. There is usually only
    one installation.
    9) You'll be prompted for the Administrator password. For Home, the default password is blank, so just hit Enter. For Pro, enter the same password you did during setup for the Administrator account (this is not the same as the password for an Admin level account. It must be the Administrator account password).
    10) At the C:\Windows prompt, type FIXBOOT. You'll be prompted to confirm. Do so.
    11) When FIXBOOT is finished, remove the XP CD and type EXIT and the machine will reboot.
    Reconfigure your computer to boot from the hard drive if necessary.

    You will now get the XP Boot loader with your choice of operating systems.

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    complicated i guess..

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    dont think thanx is enough

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    hi frnd

    if thnx is not enough then wat else do u wanna give me. i hope surely not kicks and hits. haha

    have a nice day
    bye tc

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    i think

    i feel you need to format ur C drive to install 98

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    hi frnd

    ya u can format ur c drive or d drive according to ur sys configuration. but i doubt will u b able to access other drives.

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