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Windows 7: Trying to create bootsect.com for dual-boot of Win98

10 Feb 2010   #1

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Trying to create bootsect.com for dual-boot of Win98

I already have a Windows 7 installation, and I'm trying to set up a Windows 98 next to it. Yes, I know, I did it backwards. However, I didn't know a bunch of my old games wouldn't work in Windows 7, so I've had my OS set up for about a month now. I'm really quite averse to wiping and starting all over again.

So I installed Win98 on a VHD and got it set up the way I wanted. Then I attached the VHD using Disk Management and copied the files onto a new partition that I'd set up for it. I run the proper bcdedit commands to create a second entry.
Only problem is, I try to boot and it tells me there's no bootsect.dos in the partition. I check, and it's right, there isn't. There isn't even one in the VHD that failed to copy. I've done some googling, but haven't found a good way to create a bootsect.com

Limitations:
I have no CDs to burn. I DO, however, have a USB key that can boot into DOS. Or boot into anything, I guess, but DOS is what's set up right now.

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10 Feb 2010   #2

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeathWalking View Post
I already have a Windows 7 installation, and I'm trying to set up a Windows 98 next to it. Yes, I know, I did it backwards. However, I didn't know a bunch of my old games wouldn't work in Windows 7, so I've had my OS set up for about a month now. I'm really quite averse to wiping and starting all over again.

So I installed Win98 on a VHD and got it set up the way I wanted. Then I attached the VHD using Disk Management and copied the files onto a new partition that I'd set up for it. I run the proper bcdedit commands to create a second entry.
Only problem is, I try to boot and it tells me there's no bootsect.dos in the partition. I check, and it's right, there isn't. There isn't even one in the VHD that failed to copy. I've done some googling, but haven't found a good way to create a bootsect.com

Limitations:
I have no CDs to burn. I DO, however, have a USB key that can boot into DOS. Or boot into anything, I guess, but DOS is what's set up right now.
Hello DeathWalking, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

Have you considered installing 98 using Sun's VirtualBox? Quite simple.

Cheers!
Robert
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10 Feb 2010   #3

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Robert,
I will try that out and let you know how it goes. They are unclear if it supports 3D graphics, but we'll soon find out!
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10 Feb 2010   #4

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeathWalking View Post
Robert,
I will try that out and let you know how it goes. They are unclear if it supports 3D graphics, but we'll soon find out!
I use my test box to capture screen shots of boot screens and such, and have setup 5 OSs on one (virtual) hard drive etc. to experiment with.

I kept an old computer just so I could play my old games on 98. Garage sale computers are so cheap ...

Hope it works for you!
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10 Feb 2010   #5

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Well scratch that. The installer crashes with that VM -- never even got the OS up and running. Any other suggestions?
Edit: Meh, out of boredom I'm been trying to get this thing working. I've managed to get it to crash later on in the setup, which is a good thing, I guess. Any suggestions?
Second edit: Disabling Hardware Virtualization support seems to have done it...
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10 Feb 2010   #6

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