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

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

Adding Linux to the Win2k Boot Manager

To add Linux to the Win2k Boot Manager I would recommend using a dos program called Bootpart. You can do this other ways but this is much easier. You can use this program to do lots of great stuff, and it is really useful to keep around (it can even build brand new boot sectors for various Microsoft OSes). To use the program, boot into Windows 98 and ‘Restart the Computer in MS-DOS mode’. First you will need to find out the number of the partition that you have Linux installed on (Linux Native partition). To do this, type (TT)bootpart list(/tt) and look for the number of your Linux Partition. Once you know the number of your Linux partition, to add it to the Windows 2000 bootloader you need to type (tt)bootpart # c:\filename.bin OS name(/tt) (ex: bootpart 5 c:\linux.bin Linux Mandrake 7.0). Then you will be able to boot into Linux without a problem from within the Windows 2000 boot manager. Just remember that this program has saved a file called linux.bin on your c: drive’s root directory and if you were to delete that file you would have to use the program to recreate it before you would be able to boot into Linux without your boot disk.

Some of this information was from the 'NT OS Loader + Linux mini-HOWTO.'

Post Installation Setup

Once all three operating systems are installed and all of the available HD space has been partitioned and formatted, you can go ahead and start installing your applications. I would personally recommend going and installing all of the applications in Windows 98 first (make sure you install them to one of the empty partitions) and write down all of the settings you install/change. Then go into Windows 2000 and install all of the programs to the same place and using the same settings as you did in Windows 98. This will allow them to share application HD space so that you have as little overlap as possible.

Once that was done, I would use 98Lite to separate Internet Explorer from Win9x if I were so inclined. I have found that I prefer separating Win9x and IE after both have already been installed so I can continue to use IE if I feel so inclined but still have the extra stability given by using 98lite.

Other Stuff

Of course, there are other things that you should probably be doing if you have just installed three operating systems. I would go about making sure that all three were set up properly, have all the appropriate drivers installed (even though I’ve already mentioned that a bunch of times), etc. Setting up Linux can be a chore (I’m thinking of writing up a guide just to cover that, as a matter of fact), so the earlier you get started, the faster you’ll finish.


Hopefully this guide will help you get situated with Linux without losing the ability to use your favorite Microsoft OSes (or for that matter, your favorite games… heh). If you have any comments or questions, as always, feel free to e-mail me with them.

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