Triple Boot adding Vista and Win98SE to WinXP Pro

#1
I wasn't sure which forum to post this in but feel free to relocate it if it needs to be somewhere else. I wanted to get some advice from you guys on setting up a triple boot on my machine. I've got a Dell XPS 630i with a Core 2 Quad Proc., 2.4 Ghtz and 2 GB RAM, and single 500 GB HD. The machine came with WinXP Pro pre-installed and has Service Pack 3. I want to add two additional OS's to the mix (Vista & Win98SE).

I read a few posts online prior to coming here and kind of gathered that the ideal way to do this is to install the OS's in a certain order (Win98SE/WinXP Pro/WinVista). But I also saw two or three posts that mentioned it was possible to do without necessarily having to follow that order if you use a program like Partition Magic. I actually have an old download version of Partition Magic 7.0 I bought online back in 2002. Can it help me avoid having to start from scratch? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
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#2
You don't need to follow any particular order if you use EasyBCD. [thread=642]EasyBCD 2.0[/thread] has improved support for Windows 98.

However, it is our recommendation that you install Windows 98 to a Virtual Machine with something like the much-recommended VMware Workstation or the freeware VMware Server instead of installing it to the machine itself - much easier and more efficient in the long run.
 
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#3
Thanks

OK, thanks. This will be new waters for me to wade through, but it looks pretty straightforward so far. I downloaded the VMWare server, so I plan to try that. I'll let you know if I need any help with it. :smile:

Thanks again.
 

JustinW

Super Moderator
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#4
Its a good thing to VM older OSes, so if something happens to them (viruses, spyware, other problems) it can't spread to the rest of your drive, since MS discontinues patching/supporting olders OSes after a few years of thier release.

Now for VMing i'd actually recommend VBox or Virtual PC myself, VMWare server might have too many options to confuse a user new to virtualization.