Dual-boot upgrade

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 / 2016' started by flex22, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. flex22

    flex22 Gigabyte Poster

    If I have windows Nt4.0 dual-booted with say win95 and I want to upgrade winNT 4.0 to Windows 2000, how do I do this.

    What I mean is, how do I get the comp to know which OS I want to upgrade?
  2. Sandy

    Sandy Ex-Member


    The first question is how have you set up your hard disk(s)?

    The next is do you want to dual boot or upgrade?

    Lets say you have 1 30Gb HD with 3 partitions you could run it something like this

    1 W95 in 2Gb

    2 NT4 in 10Gb

    3 W2K in 10Gb

    4 The rest not used

    When you load W2K from the CD you are given a number of options one of them is upgrade or dual boot. If you select dual boot it will leave all the old OS in situ but you need a partion to park the new OS

  3. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    Fairly sure that, unless you use Sandy's suggestion, then if you boot into the NT4 install, and drop in the w2k disk, it will upgrade that partition only, and re-write boot.ini accordingly
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  4. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    I agree...boot up to NT and put in the Windows 2000 CD. It should give you a message indicating that it detects the NT OS and ask you if you want to upgrade. You say "yes" and follow the yellow brick road. If it gives you any indication that it's detecting the Win 95 partition, you can cancel out at that point.
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  5. AJ

    AJ 01000001 01100100 01101101 01101001 01101110 Administrator

    You will have to keep the existing FAT file system for the Win 95 OS though.

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  6. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Usually the texts say that, if you dual boot between a Windows 9x OS and an NT OS, you should not convert the FAT on the NT system to NTFS. This is true if you want the 9x system to be able to read the NT files. If you go ahead and convert your NT system (including 2000, etc...) to NTFS, you can still dual boot and the NT system will be able to read the files on the 9x system, but not vice versa.
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