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Use PartitionMagic to Install Win9x on XP/2K system

The information supplied here is from PartitionMagic itself.

It refers to PartitionMagic 8.0, but should also apply to PM 7, and possibly to PM 6. THPC does not support third-party utilities so you use this information entirely AT YOUR OWN RISK. You should try to obtain the most recent information on this topic from PowerQuest's web site (the information below is dated 2003). It is supplied here only because some users appear to have difficulty in accessing this information at that site.

From PowerQuest:

Solution: How to Partition Your Hard Disk to Install Windows 95/98/Me on a Windows 2000/XP System (PartitionMagic 8.0)

To view the instructional video, click here.

1. In the Partition list, right-click the current Windows 2000/XP partition.

2. Click "Resize / Move."

3. In the "Free Space After" field, enter the total size (in megabytes) for the Windows 95/98/Me partition.

   Or, to place the new partition before the existing Windows partition, enter the size in the "Free Space Before" field.

   IMPORTANT! In most cases, Windows 95 "A" partitions should start below the 2 GB boundary of the hard drive to be bootable. Windows 95 version "B" or later, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, and Windows XP partitions must start below the 8 GB boundary to be bootable. If your system supports INT13 extensions, then Windows Me, Windows 2000, and Windows XP can boot from a partition that begins beyond the 8 GB boundary. Consult your system documentation to determine if your system supports INT13 extensions.

4. Click "OK."

5. In the Partition list, right-click the new unallocated space.

6. Click "Create."

7. From the "Create As" drop-down list select "Primary Partition."

8. From the "Partition Type" drop-down list, select "FAT32."

   NOTE: The first service release of Windows 95 (version "A") does not support FAT32. If you have that version of Windows 95, select FAT as the partition type. FAT partitions are limited in size to 2 GB.

9. (Optional) In the "Label" field, enter a descriptive name for the partition.

10. Verify that the size displayed in the "Size" field is sufficient to install Windows 95/98/Me.

11. Click "OK."

12. Right-click the new partition, and then select Advanced > Set Active from the quick menu.

13. Click "OK" to confirm that you want to set the new partition active.
     Set the partition active if you plan on installing Windows now. If you want to install Windows later, wait until that time to set the partition active. The active partition is the partition that the computer attempts to boot to when the machine is started up. Windows always assigns the active partition the drive letter C:.

14. Click "Apply."

15. Click "Yes" to apply the changes.

     NOTE: If the partition you are resizing has open files on it, PartitionMagic will prompt you that it must reboot the machine to apply the changes. Click "OK" to allow the machine to reboot. Make sure there are no floppy diskettes or CDs inserted in the machine.

16. Once the changes have been applied, use the Windows 95/98/Me installation floppy diskettes or CD to reboot the machine and start the Windows installation.

     Make sure that the boot sequence in your system's BIOS is set to boot from either floppy diskettes or CD first, and the hard drive second. Some machines may not be able to boot from CD, or the CD may not be bootable. Check your documentation to verify this.

17. Once Windows 95/98/Me is installed, you may install BootMagic so you can choose which operating system to boot when the computer starts up.

Problem Description:
How to Partition Your Hard Disk to Install Windows 95/98/Me on a Windows 2000/XP System

Problem Environment:
PartitionMagic 8.0
Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows Me
Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows XP

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