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Dual Boot Win95 & Win98

Discussion in 'Software' started by TimoftheC, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. TimoftheC

    TimoftheC Kilobyte Poster

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    Well, I know that technically this is not possible as both OS's use the same files and Microsoft certainly don't support it, but it is something I would like to put in place on an old PC that I have, especially now i've acquired some old games that I never played before (anyone remember Wing Commander and Freespace?).

    Despite that, I have been searching the net looking for a way round it and have found this article : -

    http://www.helpwithwindows.com/windows98/start-02a.html

    My question is, does anybody know if this will work or is there a known better way of doing it?

    Oh, I have tried running the games virtually through Virtual PC 2004 (2007 does not support win95) but one of the games needs 3d acceleration and I cannot find that you can do that in Virtual PC.


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  2. Modey

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    Create a couple of primary partitions (of the sizes that you need for each OS), then use a multiboot program like OSL2000 to automatically switch between the two partitions. It will auto hide the 95 from the 98 and vice-versa. That should do the trick.

    edit: you will probably need some kind of partition tool that can resize live partitions if you already have one of the OS's setup.
     
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  4. TimoftheC

    TimoftheC Kilobyte Poster

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    Re-partitioning the drives and installing the OSs is not a problem as I'd planed to do that anyway, in fact I'm sure I have another 10gb hdd sitting around somewhere so I might just put that in as well.

    As for the multi boot programme - looks pretty good, know of any free versions:biggrin

    I've always found compatibility mode in XP to be pretty crap to be honest. Admittedly I have not tried it on the programmes I want to run, bit in my experience, if you are trying to run a programme (well games:biggrin) originally designed for dos but made win95 compatible, XP has a problem running it.

    Of course, if you want to prove me wrong go ahead because if I could run them in XP compatibility mode it makes it a lot easier for me.

    Thanx for the replies guys.

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  5. Modey

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    OSL2000 is free to try, then you get nagged a little if you carry on using it. I think it's a bit pricey myself for what it is. Certainly for a single use home licence I think it's pricey.

    Grub is pretty good and comes with various flavours of Linux, and there are ways to put it on without installing Linux if you didn't want too.
     
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  6. TimoftheC

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    ooohhh really, I didn't know you could just use Grub without using Linux. I actually have Grub installed on my main computer that dual boots between Ubuntu and XP - gonna go check that out.

    Thanx Modey :biggrin
     
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    LOL! im not gonna try it, you try it and then you can elimate that point. no harm in trying it just to make sure.
     
  8. TimoftheC

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    OK, been doing a bit more research on this and believe that I need a decent Boot Manager to get this to work.

    Therefore anybody know of a good, free, Boot Manager that also happens to come with idiot proof instructions?
     
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