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How to Multiboot Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Linux Mandrake 7.0 (Page 2/4)

Posted: June 29, 2000
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan

Installing Windows 98

I have already covered this topic in its own guide as well as in several other guides. As such, instead of going all into it again I will simply go over a few pointers that will save you some time and include a few guidelines for preparing the installation to be multibooted.

- Using the command setup /iw will circumvent some of the annoying copyright notices and such and speed up the installation process.
- Install as few extra components as you can get away with.
- Make sure you install Win9x to the C: drive and not to the D: drive. This will make it much easier to multiboot your computer because Win9x is the least flexible of the OSes that will be installed.

Setting up Windows 98 for Dualbooting

There are a few things you can do to set up Win9x for dualbooting. First and foremost would be to install any drivers, etc. that your computer requires. However, it is not advisable for you to install any 3rd party applications at this point in time. You will need to wait until after you have installed all three operating systems to do that. One other thing you will need to do before continuing would be to set up a permanent swap file. You can do this from within the System applet Ė I would recommend setting it to at least 128 MB, more if possible. You will find that the small partitions for the OSes will Ďmagicallyí fill up during regular use (even though they will clear out after a reboot) if you donít set up a permanent swap file. If you wish, later you can try to share swap files with Windows 2000, but I wonít be directly covering it in this guide (however, you can find it in the Win2k HD/Mem tweak guide).

Installing Windows 2000

Pop in your Windows 2000 CD while you are booted into Windows 98 and choose to install the operating system. You are going to want to make sure of two things in the setup so that you donít mess up your computer. The first thing would be to make sure that Win2k doesnít install over Windows 98 (that would defeat the purpose) and the other thing would be to make sure that the OS gets installed on the D: drive and not the C: drive. The two operating systems, while they can be installed on the same partition, donít play well together and that can cause a problem.

Setting up Windows 2000 for Multibooting

There are a few things that you should do now before you continue on with the Linux installation. The first thing I would do is, once again, install any drivers, OS updates, etc. that your system requires and make sure the OS is up and running properly. Once again, this isnít the time to start installing any applications - that time will come later. You are going to want to make sure that the swap file (system applet) is set up properly. If you want to, this is the time to set up swapfile sharing.

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