galahs Posted November 29, 2007 Share Posted November 29, 2007 (edited) You did install Windows 98 on the first partition (C:) didn't you?If Win98 is installed on C: drive (formatted to FAT32) and it is less than 137GB there should not be a problem. And since Win98 can't access NTFS you have basically put the rest of the hard disk off limits to the Operating System.Could be a bad install of Win98 / drivers etc? Maybe you need to re-install Windows 98 again.You can do that then repair the XP Boot loader with your choice of operating systemsOPTION 1# Using the boot disk/CD, boot the system into the Command Prompt with CDROM Support.# Proceed to install Windows 9x from your CD-ROM drive. Insert the CD into the drive and enter the following commands 1. E: (Changes to your CD-ROM Drive, substitute E for the drive if it is something else) 2. CD\SETUP (Change to your Windows 9x Setup folder, ignore if the SETUP.EXE is in the root folder. Substitute SETUP with the folder name of Win9x if SETUP.EXE exists on a different folder) 3. SETUP (Starts the Win9x installation program) 4. Make sure you choose Custom Install and specify the installation folder as D:\WINDOWS (assuming D is your Win9x partition). Follow the normal installation routine and install Win9x. FIXING XP's boot loader This step may not be required. Check to see if there is a menu when you start your computer. If there is, you have successfully installed Windows 98, and a menu has already been created. To make it such that Windows XP boots by default, select the XP Boot option, login into admin account, right click on "My Computer", Properties, Advanced, Startup and Recovery Settings and set the default operating system as Windows XP. 1. You will realise that Windows XP cannot be booted up now. Insert your Windows XP CD and restart your system. You should see a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD.." asking to you press a key to enter Setup. Do so. 2. Choose the Repair option. Never do a complete reinstallation. 3. Select the original drive that Windows XP usually boots to (usually C:) 4. Login as an administrator account 5. At the command prompt, type FIXMBR C: 6. Then type FIXBOOT C: 7. If any confirmation appears, answer yes. 8. Type exit and restart your system. 9. Windows XP would have created a menu for you to choose from booting Windows 98 and XP every time you boot up your PC.OPTION 21) Create a Win98 Startup Disk2) Create a Notepad file with the following entries, exactly as shown:L 100 2 0 1N C:\BOOTSECT.DOSR BX0R CX200WQ3) Save the file to the Win98/Me Startup Disk as READ.SCR4) Boot with the Win98 Startup Disk and at the A: prompt typeDEBUG <READ.SCRSteps 1 - 4 create the BOOTSECT.DOS file needed to boot Win98. You may need to use the ATTRIB C:\BOOTSECT.DOS -S -H -R command if BOOTSECT.DOS already exists and you get an error when trying to recreate it.5) Configure your computer to boot from the CD drive. This is done in the BIOS, or your computer may offer the option at startup if it detects a bootable CD. If your computer does not support booting from CD-Rom, you should also be able to boot with a 98 Startup disk, and run WINNT.EXE from the I386 folder of your XP CD.6) Insert your XP CD and boot from it.7) You'll see some files being copied, then you'll be presented with a choice of installing orrepairing an existing installation. Choose Repair.8) You'll be asked which XP installation you want to log into. Enter 1. There is usually onlyone installation.9) You'll be prompted for the Administrator password. For Home, the default password is blank, so just hit Enter. For Pro, enter the same password you did during setup for the Administrator account (this is not the same as the password for an Admin level account. It must be the Administrator account password).10) At the C:\Windows prompt, type FIXBOOT. You'll be prompted to confirm. Do so.11) When FIXBOOT is finished, remove the XP CD and type EXIT and the machine will reboot.Reconfigure your computer to boot from the hard drive if necessary.You will now get the XP Boot loader with your choice of operating systems Edited November 29, 2007 by galahs Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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