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Dual-Boot, or Multi-boot, Windows 9x, XP, 2K, NT

Last reviewed: April 2004

How to dual-boot, or multi-boot, different Windows.

For intermediate & advanced home PC users.

You can install a Win9x/Me and another operating systems (OS) on your computer and choose which OS you want to use every time you start your computer.

The methods described here do not use any third-party utility. The method you use to install the next OS depends on its version, and the Win already installed and how/where it was installed.

Each user needs to read three pages:

1. This page (an overall view)
2. The specific dual-boot page (select it in HOW TO . . .)
3. The Repair a Dual-Boot page (before starting!).

Users should also read the Bootsect.dos created new page if installing a Win9x on a XP/2K/NT system.

HOW TO INSTALL THE NEW OS

It is strongly recommended that you install a different version on its own partition.

You need to read this page fully before selecting the specific dual-boot page from here.
You need to read the Repair a Dual-Boot page BEFORE you start.

How to Dual-Boot:

 - Install Windows 95b,c/98/Me on a Windows XP/2K system (FAT/32)
 - Install Windows 95, 95a on a Windows XP/2K system (FAT)
 - Install Any Windows 9x/Me on a Windows NT system (FAT)
 - Install Any Windows 9x/Me on NTFS (XP/2K/NT)
 - Install Any Windows 9x/Me on a [DOS+XP/2K/NT] system
 - Install MS-DOS 5(+) on a Windows XP/2K/NT system

 - Install Windows XP/2K on a Windows Me/98/95b,c system
 - Install Windows XP/2K on a Windows 95, 95a system
 - Install Windows 2000 on a Windows XP or on (XP + 9x/XP/2K/NT)
 - Install Windows NT on any Windows 9x/Me system (FAT16)
 - Install Windows NT(NTFS) on a Windows 9x system (FAT32)

How to Install a Second Installation of the Same Windows Version:
Install the same version on same or any drive in a NEW directory. It's not a problem. Just be sure you install a new Windows on a different directory. Routinely backup the current boot files, and important data, first.

How to Install a different Win9x/Me on a Windows 9x/Me system:
Use THPC's freeware utility AddAWins. Read Dual-Boot Win9x + Win9x first.

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PRINCIPLES OF DUAL-BOOT WIN9x/Me with XP, 2000, NT

General Principles of Dual-Booting a Win9x/Me with another Windows OS.

Dual-booting between different installations or versions of Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP is standard practice. Adding a Windows 9x to a XP/2000/NT system is highly desired by many users for a large variety of reasons.

The aim is to have an option to boot to Win9x/Me appear in the boot loader menu of XP/2000/NT.

Installing Win XP, 2K, or NT on a Win9x System:
Windows XP/NT/2000 are designed to be installed in conjunction with other operating systems, including Windows 95/98/Me. Installing Win XP/2000/NT on a Win9x/Me system does not affect the Win9x's ability to boot - Win XP/2000/NT detects the presence of the existing OS (Win9x) during installation and saves the Win9x boot sector to Bootsect.dos. It also enters an option to boot up to the Win9x in the boot loader menu. Bootsect.dos is used only when the Win9x is selected.

Installing Win9x on a XP, 2K, or NT System:
However, installing a Win9x/Me on a Win XP/2000/NT system often causes a Win9x boot sector to overwrite the existing XP/2000/NT boot sector - that problem can be overcome.

In this latter situation it's usually necessary to REPAIR the XP/2000/NT boot sector after the Win9x/Me installation and AFTER creating Bootsect.dos. THPC provides a small free utility, Btsect25.zip, that creates this vital file to ensure it exists. This is the least preferable option but there's no loss of data. It has been used successfully by very many users.

Some reports suggest installing Win98 SE (not 98) on 2000 or XP preserves the boot loader.

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METHODS OF DUAL-BOOTING Win9x/Me with XP, 2000, NT

Four methods of dual-booting a Win9x/Me with XP/2000/NT are discussed in THPC:

Note: In all cases, boot ups initiate from the same PC system partition (usually C:).
Note: In all cases, the PC system partition must be on the Primary Master hard disk.
Note: In all cases, PC system partition must be FAT16 ('FAT') or FAT32 (FAT for 95, 95a, NT).
Note: In all cases, you need two partitions (or two hard disks), one for each OS.

1. When a Win9x/Me EXISTS ALONE, you have no problem installing XP/2000/NT. You just boot Win9x and install XP/2000/NT on a different partition. The new boot menu will contain Win9x. It's reliable and safe, easy and painless, and is even suggested by Microsoft.

2. When XP/2000/NT+MS-DOS EXIST, just boot to MS-DOS (from boot loader screen), and install the Win9x on a partition different from XP/2K/NT's. The MS-DOS option now boots Win9x. It's reliable/safe, easy/painless, and is suggested by Microsoft. Long live good ol' MS-DOS!

3a. When a XP/2000/NT EXISTS ALONE: You can install Win9x/Me on a different partition, then create Bootsect.dos, and then REPAIR THE BOOT SECTOR altered by the Win9x/Me installation. It can be reliable and safe, no data occurs, but it requires greater user participation and there's some risk. Most users prefer this method than a reinstall (next).
- or -
3b. When a XP/2000/NT EXISTS ALONE: Start fresh. Install the WIN9x/Me FIRST and REINSTALL XP/2000/NT (as recommended by Microsoft). It's reliable and safe, but it's not painless - data loss occurs, and sensible repartitioning is certainly appropriate. But it's safer and cleaner than the previous option, and you will have a pristine system when finished.

BOOT DISK/REPAIR: You'll need a Win9x boot disk, and/or the CD or setup floppies for each OS.

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VITAL TERMS FOR A WINDOWS DUAL-BOOT

System Partition:
The system partition refers to the Active partition on a disk (hard disk, floppy, CD). It's almost always the C: drive.
It contains all OS-specific boot files that are needed to start a Windows (for example Ntldr, Boot.ini, Ntdetect.com, or Io.sys, Msdos.sys). It must be a Primary partition for any Win9x (it can be a Logical for later NT Wins). There can be only one system partition.

Just outside the partition itself, is its Boot Sector which contains the OS Boot Sector Code. This code (it's OS-specific) passes control to a boot file on the system partition during bootup (NTLDR for a XP/2K/NT or Io.sys for a Win9x).
For greater clarity, these pages often refer to this as the PC system partition.

Boot Partition:
The boot partition refers to where the OS's core files are installed. It must contain the Windows installation directory and its important folders & files, such as Windows\System32, and Program Files.
The boot partition can be, but need not be, the same partition as the PC system partition.
There should be one boot partition for each different OS in a multi-boot system.
For greater clarity, these pages often refer to the boot partition as the OS boot partition.

Standard Boot up sequence:   (as dictated by standard BIOS/CMOS settings)
Boot up uses the 1st sector of the 1st physical disk (first disk seen by BIOS).
Start PC > CPU > BIOS [> POST] > 1st sector > MBR (it's not OS, or file system, dependent).
BIOS copies the MBR (Master Boot Record) into memory. The MBR contains the Partition Table and MBP (Master Boot Program). The MBP looks in the Partition Table to identify which partition is marked active and loads the OS Boot Sector of that active partition into memory (this is OS, and file system, dependent). The active boot sector now has control, and runs the corresponding OS's boot files on the PC system partition. These boot files initialise and run that OS.

File System: refers to a partition's file structure (FAT, FAT32, NTFS, others).

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PARTITIONS

One possible difficulty is that you need at least two partitions (or hard disks).

The PC will boot from the one and only PC system partition (nearly always C:). However, the Win XP/2K/NT and Win9x directory/files should not both be on on the same OS boot partition. Installing different OSs on a single partition may cause problems running those OSs. Items in Program Files, including Common/Shared components, will cause conflicts. IE and Outlook Express are likely to break, and other applications are at risk. A single hard disk is fine if partitioned to at least C: and D: with only one OS per drive. A third partition is very useful for shared data.

Win9x partition requirements:
1. Win9x system partition (C:) must be on the Primary Master (as seen by the BIOS).
    Win9x system partition (C:) must be pre-formatted, Primary, FAT or FAT32.
2. Win9x boot partition can be a Logical partition if it's not also the system partition.
    Win9x boot partition must use FAT32 if the system partition uses FAT32.
    Win98+ boot partition must start below 8 GB boundary if INT13 Extensions not supported.
    Win95(a) partition must not exceed 2 GB in size.
3. Win9x should see only one Primary per hard disk (but it can not see NTFS!).
XP/2K can format its own partition during its installation, can install on a Primary or Logical partition, and can handle multiple Primaries on one hard disk.

Freeware! A partition utility will allow you create/resize partition(s) without data loss.
PartitionMagic 5.01 was FREE with the PC Magazine CD, June 2002 (PM is now ver. 8).
PartitionMagic 4.0 appears to be FREE at user-friendly.net (not verified).
(If using 5.x or 4.x, use the PM floppy when managing with NTFS partitions).
Some users may find a freeware utility like Partition Manager (165KB) difficult to use.
Click HERE to learn how to install another hard disk without changing current drive letters.

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FILE SYSTEMS USED BY DIFFERENT OSs

The PC system partition (C:) should be a Primary usable by both Windows.
In these dual-boots, both Windows must have access the PC system partition (nearly always C:) so they can use their boot files. Use a file system for the PC system partition that can be used by both Windows. FAT16 ('FAT') is common to all. Sometimes it's necessary to switch the PC system partition to the Win9x boot partition (Any 9x on NTFS (XP/2K/NT)).

   Operating system     Supported file systems
   -------------------------------------------
   MS-DOS 6.x           FAT
   Windows 3.1          FAT
   Windows 95, 95a      FAT
   Windows 95b,c OSR2   FAT, FAT32
   Windows 98, SE       FAT, FAT32
   Windows Me           FAT, FAT32
   Windows NT           FAT,        NTFS4, NTFS5 (if using SP5+)
   Windows 2000         FAT, FAT32, NTFS4, NTFS5
   Windows XP           FAT, FAT32, NTFS4, NTFS5.1
It's fine for both Windows to be installed on drives other than C:. The C: partition will usually remain the PC system partition. The OS boot partition must use a file system supported by that Windows AND the PC system partition. Examples:
  C: (system, FAT32, Win XP/2K), D: (FAT32, Win95b+).
  C: (system, FAT32, no Win), D: (FAT32, Win XP/2K), E: (FAT32, Win95b+).
  C: (NTFS, Win XP/2K/NT), D: (system, FAT/32, any Win9x, only FAT for Win95a/NT).

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PC SYSTEMS

System Requirements for Various Windows.

Your PC must meet the minimum, at least, requirements for the new Windows.

Read as: Minimum to install / Minimum to function reasonably.
CPU & RAM: For optimal performance add 50% of, or double, the second figure.
Hard Disk: Figures are for installation. Double for Temp, & Swap, Files. Add ?GBs for usage.

Windows   CPU              RAM         Free HD Req'd   Supported File Systems
-------   -------------    ---------   -------------   --------------------------
 XP Pro:    233/400 MHz    64/128+MB      0.5/1.5+GB   FAT, FAT32, NTFS4, NTFS5.1
XP Home:    233/400 MHz    64/128+MB      0.5/1.5+GB   FAT, FAT32, NTFS4, NTFS5.1
   2000:    133/260 MHz    64/128+MB      0.6/1.5+GB   FAT, FAT32, NTFS4, NTFS5
     NT:     90/166 MHz     16/32+MB      110/250 MB   FAT,        NTFS4, NTFS5*
     Me:    150/300 MHz     32/64 MB      550/900+MB   FAT, FAT32
     SE:     90/166 MHz     24/48 MB      315/600 MB   FAT, FAT32
     98:     66/166 MHz     24/48 MB      225/500 MB   FAT, FAT32
  95b,c:  486DX/133 MHz      8/32 MB       50/100 MB   FAT, FAT32
     95:  486DX/133 MHz      8/32 MB       50/100 MB   FAT
* NT must use SR5 (+) to use NTFS5 and to make it compatible with 2000 and XP.

You need to check the availability of drivers for the Windows to be installed.
Also read Known Issues on this page.

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A DUAL-BOOT EXAMPLE

It's useful to understand the general makeup of a Dual-Boot.

In this example, C: is the PC system partition. Windows 98 (FAT32) was installed first on C:, and then XP (FAT32) on D:. The XP install created the dual-boot leading to the following situation.

C: Drive: This is still the PC system partition used by the PC during initial boot up. The root of C: contains all system boot files for both Windows. The C: drive is also the OS boot partition for Win9x (FAT32). When Win98 is running it can access both drives. The XP is using FAT32, can access its boot files on C:, and can access Win98 data.

D: Drive: This is the OS boot partition for Windows XP (FAT32). During its installation, XP recognized the pre-existing Win98 and copied the Win98 boot sector to c:\Bootsect.dos. XP then created a new boot sector on C: overwriting Win98's boot sector. XP also added a Win98 line to c:\Boot.ini creating a dual-boot option in XP's boot loader menu.

Win XP/2000/NT Boot Files on C:
Boot.ini, Ntldr, Ntdetect.com, Bootsect.dos, (maybe Ntbootdd.sys, Arcldr.exe, Arcsetup.exe).
Win9x Boot Files on C:
Io.sys, Msdos.sys, Command.com, (also Drvspace.bin), and maybe Autoexec.bat & Config.sys.

Boot.ini is PC-specific, but can be edited if copied from another PC, or created new by user.
Bootsect.dos is PC-specific, and can not be copied. It is the boot sector for Win9x, and is used to boot Win9x. It can be created ONLY when C: is a valid Win9x boot sector. Back it up!
Ntldr and Ntdetect.com are not PC-specific and can be copied from the CD or another PC.
Ntbootdd.sys is a renamed device driver for a SCSI controller. It can be copied from a PC that uses the same, or, if identified, can be copied from the CD and renamed to Ntbootdd.sys

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START FRESH

This applies only if you must make a fresh start.

FAT is the only file system that can be used by all Windows.

All Windows place their system boot files on the PC system partition. This is invariably the C: drive for Win9x. If C: is a FAT then all Windows can read their boot files from that partition and there will never be any file system restriction on the Windows you install now or at any time in the future.

The OS boot partition of the Windows you install can still be NTFS if that's what you want.

C: must not exceed 2 GB in size to use FAT. If you create a 1GB C: partition, you can make it a FAT and it will use 32KB clusters which is comfortable for early versions of Windows. You can then install the Windows on other partitions using the appropriate file system. They will all be able to boot from the C: drive and operate from their own boot partitions.

C: can be up to 2 TB for Win 98+, and later Win versions, if your system supports INT13 extensions (supported for some years now). Otherwise it must not exceed 7.8 GB to use FAT32.

This is a prime part of the hard disk. However using 1GB in this manner alleviates many potential problems down the road. Also that space need not be wasted and can be used for data shared between different Windows or for other purposes.

Prepare a long-term plan when deciding on the partitions you require now and possibly in the future. For instance, if installing a Windows that may be removed, then installing it on the last partition allows you to later remove that partition without changing the drive letter allocations.

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KNOWN ISSUES

Remember: When C: is not the OS Boot Partition: (contains the Windows folder)
The OS boot partition must begin before a certain distance from the start of the hard disk to be bootable. The OS boot partition for DOS, FAT, NT must begin before 2 GB from the start of the hard disk. The boot partition for other Windows must begin before 8 GB from start of disk. If your PC supports INT13 Extensions, then 98+, XP, 2000 can boot from beyond 7.8 GB. Win 2K can't format a FAT32 partition larger than 32GB but can use larger if formatted in Win9x.

OEM Windows 95B & 95C (OSR 2.x) starting errors with some 'fast' processors.
If you wish to install OEM Win95B or OEM Win95C on a system with one of the following processors, then you must read this first for a recognized software fix that is required.
  • Pentium 4 (any)   • Pentium III (1GHz, or faster)   • AMD K6-2 (350MHz or faster)
This does not apply to Win98, 98SE, or Me which come already fixed.
The fix does not appear to correct the problem for the retail version of Windows 95.

Windows NT
Win NT4 uses an NTFS incompatible WinXP/2000's NTFS unless updated with SP 5(+).
That update should first be installed if XP/2000 is to be dual-boot with NT4.

Uninstalling Win 9x.
Never 'Uninstall' Win Me from a dual-boot: You should edit Win Me out of Boot.ini, and manually delete all Me's folders and files. Win Me's Uninstall.exe restores a backup copy of the Me partition information (stored in c:\Suhdlog.dat) even if the partition information has changed.
Uninstalling Win 98 Upgraded from Win95 in a Dual-Boot: Uninstalling the Win98 upgrade may delete boot.ini - save/recreate it. The uninstall also deletes C:\Bootsect.dos - save it first!

"Do you wish to enable large disk support (Y/N)?": Format > Select Yes if you want FAT32.

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RESTRICTIONS IN WIN 9x + WIN XP/2K/NT DUAL-BOOT

The following restrictions apply in any Win9x + XP/2K/NT dual-boot.
Partition1 is nearly always the PC system partition.
Note: When partition1 uses NTFS, and a Win9x exists, partition2 will be the PC system partition.
The PC system partition must be on the Primary Master hard disk for a Win9x.
The PC system partition must use FAT or FAT32. FAT is common to all Windows & DOS 5.0+.

Win95, 95A:
The PC system partition (and OS boot partition, if different) must use FAT.
The PC system partition must not exceed 2 GB in size.

Win95B, 95C, 98, 98SE, Me:
The PC system partition (and OS boot partition, if different) must use FAT or FAT32 (but FAT32 can not be used with NT). The PC system partition must not exceed 7.8 GB in size - unless using 98+ and your system supports INT13 Extensions (supported for some years now).

Win NT
The PC system partition must be FAT.
The PC system partition must not exceed 2 GB in size.

Win 2000
The PC system partition must be FAT or FAT32. Win 2K can't format a FAT32 partition larger than 32GB but it can use a larger partition if it's formatted from Win9x boot disk.

Win XP
The PC system partition must be FAT or FAT32. Win XP can't format a FAT32 partition larger than 32GB but it can use a larger partition if it's formatted from Win9x boot disk.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR DUAL-BOOT WIN 9x & XP/2K/NT

To Dual-Boot Win Me/SE/98/95 with Win XP/2000/NT

Initial Checklist:

1. Routinely backup the current boot files, and important data.
2. A Windows already installed (or install one when ready).
3. At least two partitions - two Hard Disks will do fine.
4. The System partition must use FAT or FAT32 (it's usually C:),
5. but it must use FAT if dual-booting Win9x + NT4, or Win95a + any other.
6. Win9x/Me boot partition (if different) must use FAT32 if system partition (C:) uses FAT32.
7. WinXP/2000/NT Installation CD - obviously!
8. Win9x/Me Installation CD - obviously!
9. 1 Floppy - Win 9x/Me boot disk (that contains SYS.COM) - ESSENTIAL.
10. Floppies - XP(6), 2000(4), NT(3) Setup disk set
    or a bootable installation CD - ESSENTIAL
11. WinNT updated with SP 5(+) if XP or 2000 is to be dual-booted with WinNT.
12. Make sure your system is suitable for running the new OS.
13. Read and download THPC's page Repair a Dual-Boot BEFORE you start.
14. Routinely backup the new boot files after a new installation.

In an emergency, any Win9x Startup Disk (with CD support) can be used for running a XP/... CD (boot up with it and run WINNT.EXE from the I386 folder on XP/... CD).

Caution for Norton Users: If you multi-boot with any DOS earlier that DOS 7 and use Norton Speedisk, then add IO.SYS and MSDOS.SYS to the unmovable file list. Norton Speedisk will move them even though they need to be the first entries in file list on the PC system partition.

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DEFAULT BOOT AND BOOT DELAY

Specifying the Default OS to Boot, and the Boot Menu delay (the Timeout)

When you have established Dual-Booting, you will want to set one Windows as the boot up default. You can set the default OS (and the timeout) that you want via Control Panel.

1. Boot to the Win XP/2000/NT.

2. Go to Start > Control Panel > System > Advanced tab (or properties)

3. Under Startup and Recovery, click Settings (or look for these settings).

4. Under System startup, in the Default operating system list, click the OS that you want to start when you turn on, or restart, your computer.

5. Also select the Display list of operating systems for check box, and then type the number of seconds for which you want the list displayed before the default OS starts automatically.

You can also edit the boot options file (click Edit). Be careful of typing errors if modifying the boot options file (Boot.ini), because doing so may make your computer unusable.

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BOOT DISKS & YOUR OWN RESCUE BOOT DISK

NEVER dual-boot without your personal safety net - a BOOT DISK for XP/2K/NT.
If stuck, use a Win9x Startup Disk (CD support), and run WINNT.EXE from I386 folder on CD.

RESCUE BOOT DISK for when XP, 2K, NT will not boot - ESSENTIAL, 1 floppy
   Create a bootable floppy to get XP/2K/NT running even if the boot record,
   or boot files, are ever a problem. Write-protect and keep it safe.
      Format a floppy with that XP, 2K, or NT. It must be a full XP/2K/NT format.
      Alter file Attributes (Attrib -r -s -h) of these files in root of C: (PC system partition)
      Boot.ini, NTLDR, Ntdetect.com, and Bootsect.dos & Ntbootdd.sys (if present)
      (plus Arcldr.exe & Arcsetup.exe - for Windows 2K) and copy them to the floppy.
      Write-protect the floppy. Then restore original Attributes to the files on C:.
      Read the Rescue Boot Disk page for fuller details, plus a much improved Rescue disk.
Use the CD: If you have a Bootable installation CD you should check if your BIOS
   supports booting from it. This is hugely convenient, but still make the floppy.
ERD XP, 2K, NT: Emergency Repair Disk - repair key Registry entries and partition geometry
   Use RDISK.EXE /S
2K/NT Setup Boot Disks: (4 floppies for 2K, or 3 for NT)
   Use WINNT32 and MAKEBT32 from 2K/NT (\Boot disk folder on CD).
   Use WINNT and MAKEBOOT from a non-2K/NT system (such as Win9x).
XP Setup Boot Disks: (6 floppies)
   Read the Microsoft page How to obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks.
   It provides free downloads that create setup boot floppies for all versions of Windows XP.
   Each download is specific to each XP version (Home/Pro; original/SP1/SP2).
Win9x/Me Startup Disk:
   (95+) From a Windows: Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs > Startup Disk tab.
   (98+) From true MS-DOS: Go to the Command folder in Windows, and type Bootdisk.
   Windows 95 Startup Disks do not have CD support (add your CD-ROM driver).
   You can download free Win9x/Me boot disks from Bootdisk.com (IDE CDrom Drivers Included).

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REMEMBER THESE and YOUR DUAL-BOOT WILL WORK

It's said many failed dual-boots are user-related. So read & remember!
• Got a bad sector? Run ScanDisk's Surface Scan on each target drive to find out!
• Each different version should be installed on a different partition.
• Installing the same version on the same drive, using a different directory, is safe.
• It's safest to install the oldest OS first - recommended, but not essential.
• Multi-booting when Disk Compression is in use is dangerous!
• Remember the cautions given in Partitions (above).

The Repair:
• It's essential to have boot disks/bootable CD for each Windows.
• Installing XP, 2K, NT on a Win9x system saves the Win9x boot sector (c:\Bootsect.dos).
• Installing Win9x on XP, 2K, NT system may destroy XP, 2K, NT boot sector. You REPAIR it.
• If boot files become corrupt/missing, and were not backed up, you must REPAIR them.

The Win9x:
• The PC system partition (on Primary Master) must use a FAT or FAT32 file system.
• Win9x can't load from an NTFS partition - be careful with that PC system partition (C:)!
• WinMe, 98/SE, 95OSR2 use FAT16 or FAT32. • Win95 & 95a(OSR1) use only FAT16.
• Maximum partition size is 2 GB for FAT16. • Max of 7.8 GB for FAT32 (2 TB for 98+).
• An OS using FAT16 or FAT32 can't read data on any NTFS partition.

The XP/2K:
• WinXP & Win2K can use NTFS and FAT16 & FAT32.
• WinNT can use NTFS and FAT16 - do not install NT on a FAT32 partition!
• WinNT uses an NTFS incompatible WinXP/2000's NTFS unless updated with SP 5(+).
• WinXP & Win2K can't format FAT32 partitions > 32 GB - format with a Win98+ boot disk.

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REFERENCES

Microsoft Dual-Boot References:

Q217210 How to Multiple Boot Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 95/ 98, and MS-DOS
Q243896 How to Dual-Boot Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 with FAT16 or NTFS Volumes
Q292580 How to Install Office XP on a Dual-Boot System
Q153762 How to Set Up Dual-Boot After You Install Windows NT
Q155034 How to Dual-Boot Between Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and Windows 95
Q166172 Duplicating Windows 95/98/98 Second Edition Installation to a New Hard Disk

Q289283 Description of Supported Dual-Boot Configurations Between Windows-Based Systems
Q197667 Installing Windows NT on a Large IDE Hard Disk
Q232123 Cannot Upgrade Windows 95 or 98 Computers That Dual-Boot Windows 2000 or NT
Q221061 Cannot Dual-Boot Windows 2000 on a Shared Partition
Q217210 Cannot Start Windows 2000/XP After You Install Windows 98 or Windows 98SE
Q179144 Cannot View NTFS Logical Drive After Using Fdisk

Q285480 How to Remove Windows 98 When It Is Part of a Dual Boot with Windows 2000
Q171444 Removing Windows NT from a Windows 95/98 Dual-Boot Installation
Q289022 How to Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows XP
Q255867 How to Use the Fdisk Tool and the Format Tool to Partition or Repartition a Hard Disk
Q118335 Maximum Partition Size Using FAT16 File System
Q224526 Windows NT 4.0 Supports Maximum of 7.8-GB System Partition
Q119497 Boot Partition Created During Setup Limited to 4 Gigabytes
Q127851 Problems Access FAT16 Drives Larger Than 2 GB
Q151414 Windows 95 Partition Types Not Recognized by Windows NT
Q69013   FDISK /MBR Rewrites the Master Boot Record

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