Dual boot & the boot.ini file

  Somewhere95 20:52 17 Jul 2003
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PLEASE can someone help?! I've got Win98SE on a small partition at the start of my drive (G:), then WinXP Pro on the main partition (C:) I know there's a way of editing the boot.ini file so I get the dual boot start-up menu options. As it is now, to switch O/S, I must launch FDISK, then change the active partition. Below is my current boot.ini file for reference:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

  powerless 00:53 18 Jul 2003

[boot loader]

timeout=30

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(****)\WINDOWS="win 98"

**** enter the partition number here.

Restart and you'll be given the choice. See if it works. If you get a message about "hal" bugger, never been able to sort that out.

  hugh-265156 01:32 18 Jul 2003

try boot magic(bundled with partition magic)or system commander.

  stlucia 08:37 18 Jul 2003

I installed Win XP Home Edition alongside Win 98SE, and during the install I was given the option to setup a dual-boot system, which I did. My boot.ini file -- created automatically by the XP setup process -- contains only two lines, just like the example Powerless has given.

I don't think there was a requirement for Win 98 to be on c:\ drive, so inserting the appropriate partition numbers for XP and 98 should do the trick. No need to buy or use any 3rd-party software.

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