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Install Win9x/Me on a Windows XP/2K/NT system that uses NTFS

Last reviewed: July 2005

You can install Windows Me, 98SE, 98, or 95 on a Windows XP, 2K, or NT computer that already uses only the NTFS file system. A dual-boot is created so you can select either Windows from a Startup Menu during boot up. No third-party boot utility is used here.

Two methods of achieving this are described on THPC. Each method is described on its own page.

Method #1: Use the same hard disk to install Win9x/Me on an NTFS system (XP/2K/NT)

The first method uses a single hard disk though you must create a FAT32 or FAT partition, preferably after the NTFS partition. You can use free space (if any) at the end of the disk, or convert an unused/unessential NTFS partition - otherwise you need a third-party partition utility to repartition without data loss.

Please click this link to view the Method #1 page.

Method #2: Use a second hard disk to install Win9x/Me on an NTFS system (XP/2K/NT)

The second method requires the addition of a second hard disk. This second disk will use a FAT32 or FAT file system. Many users have a hard disk from a previous PC that still contains a bootable Win9x - this disk can be used, retaining that Win9x exactly as it was (including all its software, e-mail, passwords, etc). This is THPC's preferred method.

Please click this link to view the Method #2 page.

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