another dual boot dilemma

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  1. mangoman

    mangoman Registered Member

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    I am about to setup partitions to dual boot win98 and dos\win3.11 (yes a bit old fashion but there are still things I need to do in dos that wont work in win98, let alone xp or vista).

    I installed 2160 build DD on the 80G c: hard drive running win98 and installed OSS. It works and when I boot I get OSS and can go to win98.

    Here's the dilemma. The Media Builder wont work. It gives me errors trying to write; I've tried my dvd burner and my cd burner. However, I can boot from the original 2077 build CD I purchased.

    So, I can either try disk partition operations from the desktop icon (something that has wiped out my vista system twice) or I can try operations from the bootable recovery 2077 cd but I'm concerned the 2160 OSS on my hard drive will not be compatable.

    I guess the third equally undersirable option would be to install the 2077 DD and OSS on the HD and then do partition operations from a boot of the purchased cd, but then I'm not using the latest and greatest DD. I think I just answered my own question. Use Option 3 uninstall 2160 and use 2077 (it should be able to handle win98\dos right?) But then I will probably not be able to create partitions for XP or Vista latter. Damn, still no good choise.

    What the hell I'm getting pretty good at reinstalling all my programs after a fresh operating system install. Thank you, this has been cathartic....
     
  2. mangoman

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    Still trying to decide before I >COMMIT (with the opposite of "confidence")...

    Has Acronis desktop installed DD program always had major problems doing simple resize and create partition operations or is this a new phenomenon occuring mainly while operating Vista?
     
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    At least lately, it seems that TI has problems initiating procedures in Windows (either XP or Vista) that require a reboot to finish. I can't say what the percentage is since only the people that need help on it post.

    I would think that you would be find doing the partition operations with either of the versions. If you use 2,077 from the cd to create the partitions or make changes, 2,160 in Windows shouldn't have a problem with it. If you use 2,160 in Windows to make or edit the partitions, then 2,077 will probably fuss ONLY if something is not standard and it doesn't recognize it. As you are working with older OS's (Win98 and Win3.11) I doubt you would have a problem.

    I just recently installed Windows 3.11 in a VM to fiddle around with it and Windows 98 on a new computer to run some tests. It's absolutly amazing how fast it runs. It boots in about 3 seconds and shuts down do fast you can barely get your finger off the mouse button before it's off.
     
  4. mangoman

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    Thanks again, MudCrab,

    I will let you know a little latter if I have success (decided to try everything from the 2077 build).

    Your experiences with win3.11 are exactly what I am trying to check out. I did alot of programming in C+ on dos back in the 90's and want to see how fast my old code will run!
     
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    If you have another PC available, use it to run the bootable Media Builder program and make yourself a rescue CD from the latest build 2160.
     
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    Mark,

    My brother's pc booted up XP like that just after it was installed. After installing programs and anti-virus software it's slower, though. It also depends a lot on the chipset used. On the boards we have, NVidia's seem to boot a lot faster than Intel's.

    mangoman,

    With the various problems I've had with OSS, it will be interesting to see if it installs and detects the "older" OS's better. Are you going to install Win3.11 from the "boot floppy" menu option of OSS or setup it all up manually and install to the partition and then boot OSS and see if it detects it? I had to do my Windows installs manually because the "boot from cd" option is not available on P965 chipset boards.
     
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