herbalist Posted December 25, 2009 Share Posted December 25, 2009 I recently picked up a Dell OptiPlex GX260 with XP-SP3 installed as payment for servicing other PCs. It has a Pentium 4 2.40 Ghz and 1GB of RAM. My first thought was to put a 98lite system on it, just to see how fast it could go. It turns out that Dell still has all the 98 drivers I need for this unit on their site. No matter how the rest turns out, this I get to build. I've decided that I also want to keep the XP install as well, if for no other purpose as a test unit and have a dual boot system. When I opened up the unit, I found that the cabinet has no place to mount a 2nd hard drive. There's just no room. In order to dual boot 98 and XP, both OS will need to be on one hard drive. A while ago, I saw just such a setup on a laptop with XP and Vista both installed on one partition. I wish I had examined that setup more closely. It seems that it should be possible to do the same with 98 and XP.I've already converted the hard drive to FAT32, and partitioned it into 2, but I have one more big problem. I don't have the disks to reinstall XP. I'm stuck working with the existing install or backups of it. I have an idea but I don't know if it will work. I'd copy all of the XP system to an external hard drive using my DOS CD, which has USB and long file name support. Then I'd install 98 with the Windows folder renamed to Win98. On 98, TweakUI has the ability to change the locations of "special folders", including the program files and common files directories. The XP version of TweakUI doesn't have the option to move the "program files" folder. I'd copy the contents of "program files" to "software", change the setting with TweakUI, then install everything to the software folder. When the 98 system is complete, I'd copy the XP files back to C:\. With 98 being installed in Win98 and Program_files relocated to "software", there should be no file/folder name conflicts (I hope). Has anyone tried this? Does it have a chance of working? I realize that I'll probably need a bootloader. Does anyone have another idea that will work on a single hard drive with an existing install of XP? All ideas and comments (except for "skip the 98 system") welcome. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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