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Menu: Natural Dual-Boot of MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows Vista

Last reviewed: Feb 2012

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Introduction

These guides will show how to create a natural dual-boot of MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows Vista on the same computer. You can then select either operating system from a menu when booting up your computer.

There are two methods by which you can setup the dual-boot. One is to move the existing Windows Vista partition to leave room for MS-DOS 622 at the start of the disk. The other is to wipe the existing Windows Vista partition clean, repartition and install Windows Vista again.

In all methods MS-DOS 6.22 must be installed on the start of the first primary partition of the first hard disk.

Dual-Boot Windows Vista and MS-DOS 6.22


#1 by moving Windows Vista

This method uses the free GParted Live CD to move the Windows Vista drive to the right, leaving not greater than 2GB free at the start of the first hard disk.

It does maintain the integrity of your Windows Vista and software installations. However, moving a large partition can be extremely slow. Also, there's a very small risk of an error during the moving process - never encountered by THPC!

If you want to use method #1, go to this page


#2 by clean installing Windows Vista.

Here the Windows Vista partition(s) are wiped clean and a fresh Windows Vista is installed on a second or third primary partition of the first hard disk. The new partitions are created by Windows Vista during the installation.

This method deletes all of the Windows Vista partition and requires a serious backup of all important data, passwords, personal items, etc., before you begin. A full Windows installation DVD is essential - a Recovery or Restore disk will not work. However, it's easier and relatively quick to setup and produces a new clean system.

If you want to use method #2, go here

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