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12-10-2000, 12:25 PM
How do I edit the Nt boot loader so that i can boot other operating systems such as win98 and linux.

12-10-2000, 03:21 PM
To dual-boot Win95/98 and NT, the standard practise is to first install Win 95/98, then install NT. NT will detect the Win 95/98 installation and make it available in its boot loader.

If you have WinNT already installed and want to install Win 95/98, the following procedure should help. I picked this up somewhere, but didn't keep a reference to the website:

Q. I have NT installed, how do I install Windows95?

A. If you already have DOS installed, then boot to DOS and install Windows95. The instructions below are if you only have Windows NT installed.

Make an emergency repair disk (rdisk - Update Repair Info)
Ensure you have NT installation disks (can make by winnt32 /ox)
Reboot the machine and boot off of the Windows95 installation disks or boot off of a bootable floppy disk with the drivers for your CD-ROM drive and run setup.exe off of the CD-ROM
Install Windows 95 as normal
Once the Windows 95 installation has finished, reboot the machine and boot off of the NT installation disks
After 2 disk will give options, press R for repair
Deselect all options except "Inspect Boot Sector" and continue
Press Enter to detect hardware and insert disk 3
The procedure will ask if you have an Emergency Repair Disk (ERD), say Yes and insert the ERD.
The machine will then reboot into NT again
Once in NT goto a DOS session
Type - attrib c:\boot.ini -r -s
edit boot.ini and insert at the bottom
c:\=Microsoft Windows
Type - attrib c:\boot.ini +r +s
Reboot the machine and you will have Windows95 and NT options.
For this procedure to work the system partition (c http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif must be FAT.


To load Linux with the NT boot loader, see this Linux mini-howto: http://www.ibiblio.org/mdw/HOWTO/mini/Linux+NT-Loader.html

[This message has been edited by sleddog (edited 12-10-2000).]