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Windows 7: Dual boot Windows 98 SE and Windows 7

21 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 98
Dual boot Windows 98 SE and Windows 7

Hi all

New to the forum and hoping someone here can help. I've managed to install Win98SE and Windows 7 RTM on the same machine but can no longer boot into Win98.

Going with the rule of thumb of older OS first, I Here is what I did:

1. Started up with Win98SE CD, repartitioned and reformatted the whole drive using FDISK from the CD. Disk is 116GB.
2. As Win7 won't install on FAT32, I then booted up with a GParted disk, shrunk the FAT32 partition to 20GB, leaving it at the beginning of the disk.
3. Rebooted into Win98 to see if it still ran and all was fine. Booted up and could see the C: drive now reduced from 116 to just over 20GB as resized by GParted.
4. Then rebooted with Windows 7 RTM DVD, doing a custom install and selecting the unallocated space left by GParted to install on.
5. Win7 installed but did not create a dual boot menu like expected.

How do get a dual boot menu up now so that I can select either 98 or Win7 on startup? I can see both drives from Windows 7 so the Win98 install is there, just don't know how to boot into it without a boot manager set up?

Any help appreciated...


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21 Oct 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP


WIndows 98? Wasn't that last century?

I believe EasyBCD will add it to the boot loader.

Someone else may know better.
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22 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 98

Indeed, it is last century... that was such a good time! lol

Seriously, just want to revive some old DOS games that I've tried running via a Virtual PC running on XP, or via XP's compatibility mode and even had a go at DosBox but that required way too much fiddling. Figured the only real way to get it to work is run on proper Win98, none of these other simulator type solutions seem to work for me.
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22 Oct 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

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 Dual boot Windows 98 SE and Windows 7

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