Installing Win9x when Windows XP is already installed
Windows XP is a cool new operating system. But, old programs
that are not designed for this cool new operating system will
either refuse to work or work improperly.
This document outlines the steps of how to install (dual
boot) Windows 9x in another partition together with Windows XP
when Windows XP is already installed in your computer. Very useful
if you messed up the Windows 98 installation and need to reinstall
Windows 98 without messing up XP. If you attempt to simply install
Windows 98 and don't perform further steps, Windows XP will be
inaccessible. This guide outlines the extra steps.
DISCLAIMER: Proceed at your own risk! The information
here is accurate to the best of my knowledge. I will not be held
responsible if this document causes your computer to explode or
burst into flames. In real serious terms, if any corruption of
data, hardware damage or any other kind of damage/losses/etc.
arises from the use of this document, I will not be responsible
for it. If you don't like this, please don't read any further.
UPDATE 1: You might want to try DOSBox - a DOS emulator in Windows for playing those old DOS games and applications! More info here! It won't work for Windows 95 games though.
UPDATE 2- I have tried reinstalling Windows 98 Second Edition from the DOS Prompt with Windows XP Service Pack 1 installed. What happened was that the menu was still there. The only changes was that it boots to Windows 98 by default! See step 2 on how to change it back to Windows XP.
A logical partition with a extended logical drive already created
for the Windows 9x drive. If this was not done before installation
of Windows XP, then only special software such as Partition Magic
can perform this. What this means is that you should have TWO drives of type "Local Disk", with one containing Windows XP and the other not containing any OS.
A bootable WinME floppy disk or a boot cd created from a image
downloaded from Bootdisk.com.
Download the image file from there (preferably WinME one). Run
Nero. select the CD-ROM (Boot), point to the image file and burn
it. Test it by inserting the CD and restarting your PC. If your
PC does not boot to a Command Prompt, either the burn failed or
the BIOS is not set to boot from the CD.
You will also need the Windows XP CD to fix the changes Win9x
makes to your bootup system.
- Installing Window 9x
- Fixing Windows XP
1) Installing Windows 9x
- Using the boot disk/CD, boot the system into the Command Prompt
with CDROM Support.
- Proceed to install Windows 9x from your CD-ROM drive. Insert
the CD into the drive and enter the following commands
(Changes to your CD-ROM Drive, substitute E for the drive
if it is something else)
(Change to your Windows 9x Setup folder, ignore if the SETUP.EXE
is in the root folder. Substitute SETUP with the folder
name of Win9x if SETUP.EXE exists on a different folder)
(Starts the Win9x installation program)
- Make sure you choose Custom Install and specify the installation
folder as D:\WINDOWS
(assuming D is your Win9x partition). Follow the normal
installation routine and install Win9x.
2) Fixing Windows XP
This step may not be required. Check to see if there is a menu when you start your computer. If there is, you have successfully installed Windows 98, and a menu has already been created. To make it such that Windows XP boots by default, select the XP Boot option, login into admin account, right click on "My Computer", Properties, Advanced, Startup and Recovery Settings and set the default operating system as Windows XP.
- You will realise that Windows XP cannot be booted up now.
Insert your Windows XP CD and restart your system. You should
see a prompt "Press
any key to boot from CD.." asking to you press a
key to enter Setup. Do so.
- Choose the Repair option. Never do a complete reinstallation.
- Select the original drive that Windows XP usually boots to
- Login as an administrator account
- At the command prompt, type FIXMBR
- Then type FIXBOOT
- If any confirmation appears, answer yes.
- Type exit
and restart your system.
- Windows XP would have created a menu for you to choose from
booting Windows 98 and XP every time you boot up your PC.
- Microsoft has released a file that creates Boot Disk Floppies
for installing Windows XP. There is a special version for Home
Edition and for the Professional
Edition. I didn't attempt this as it required 6 floppy
installing from the CD (or hard drive) is better.
However, this (and booting from CD) gives more options
in the Setup program, such as formatting your C Drive with NTFS
or FAT32 or converting the drive to NTFS.
- The SmartDrive utility can be found in your Windows 95/98/ME installation
- If you're facing problems after installation of Windows XP,
check out my Windows XP Frequently Asked
- 22 April 2006 - Version 0.15
- 14 Feb 2006 Version 0.14 (Minor changes)
- 7 May 2004 - Version 0.13
- Left out some essential parts to fixing the bootup. Thanks
- 11 April 2004 - Version 0.12
- Minor grammatical changes
- 02 April 2004 - Version 0.1
Errors? Omissions? Need Help? Know something? Post your queries
in the Windows XP Discussion Forum.
You may be interested in our other Windows XP guides. including a comprehensive FAQ, installing XP from DOS and how to dual boot with formatting.
This document is Copyright(©) 2001-2008 by G.Ganesh.