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Dual/Multi Booting Windows 2000

One of the great features of NT and Windows 2000 is its ability to dual boot with another OS (and several versions of itself.) So you can keep Windows 95/98, NT Workstation, and Windows 2000 Professional all on the same Workstation. But there are a few tricks and pitfalls if you're new to NT. Make sure to install the Operating Systems on separate partitions, Also remember NT doesn't get along well with Win98's FAT32 file system, and the NTFS file systems between NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 are different as well.
Where to Start...
Adding FAT32 and NTFS partitions to a dual boot test system
Tech Republic article by Jeff Thompson featured in TechNet.

Dual-Boot Blues
You might need to run two Windows OSs until more hardware and software supports Win2K. Here©s how to set them up. Source: Windows 2000 Magazine (April 2000)

Dual Boot Considerations with Windows 2000: Monday, February 21, 2000
Microsoft Support WebCast: This presentation describes how to set up Windows 2000 in a dual boot environment as part of the testing process.

Dual-Booting Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 on NTFS Partitions
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 184299 - Windows 2000 includes several new features for the NT file system (NTFS) such as disk quotas, encryption, and mount points. These features require changes to the NTFS format. If you are installing Windows 2000 to dual- boot with Windows NT 4.0 on a volume using NTFS, you may not be able to boot Windows NT 4.0.

How to Automate Advanced Restart Options for Dual-Boot Configurations 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 317995 - This article describes how to automate advanced restart options for dual-boot configurations. If your computer is configured to dual-boot to either Windows XP or Windows 2000, the process to boot to the other operating system can be slow. 

How to Dual Boot Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 with Large FAT16 or NTFS Volumes
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 243896 This article describes how to dual boot between Windows NT 4.0 using an NTFS partition of any size, while allowing Windows 98 to reside on a large volume using FAT32. 

How to Remove Windows 98 When It Is Part of a Dual Boot with Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 285480 - This article describes how to remove an operating system, such as Microsoft Windows 98, that has been configured to dual boot with Windows 2000 Professional. 

How to Set Up Dual Boot After You Install Windows NT
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 153762 - This article describes how to set up Windows NT to dual boot with MS-DOS on a computer that was originally set up as a Windows NT only computer. To dual boot, the computer partition must be a file allocation table (FAT) partition and not a Windows NT file system (NTFS) partition. 

How to Triple Boot to Windows NT, Windows 9x, & DOS
MS Knowledge Base article Q157992. This article describes how to set up a computer so that the user can go directly to Windows NT, Windows 95/98, or MS-DOS by making a selection from the Boot.ini, without any need for Windows 95/98 multiple boot support

Restoring Windows NT Dual Boot After Installing Windows 95
Microsoft support article (Q136547). This article describes how to restore Windows NT dual booting after you install Windows 95. The article is divided into two sections: Installing Windows 95 on a Windows NT and MS-DOS Dual Boot Computer and Troubleshooting Windows NT and Windows 95 Dual Boot.

Multi-Booting Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 95/98, and MS-DOS
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 217210 -  You can configure an Intel x86-based computer to multiple boot MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows NT, and Windows 2000.

Multibooting Windows 2000 Systems
Plan, create, and maintain a multi-OS Win2K system. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (June 2000)

Setting Up Dual Boot After Installing Windows NT
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 153762 - This article explains how to set up Windows NT to dual boot with MS-DOS on a computer that was originally installed as Windows NT only. In order to dual boot, the system partition must be a file allocation table (FAT) partition and not a Windows NT file system (NTFS) partition 

Triple-Booting and Direct-Booting NT, Win95, and DOS
Triple-Booting and Direct-Booting NT, Win95, and DOS When you install Windows NT on top of an existing Windows 95 installation, you can press F4 and use the Boot to Previous Operating System option to boot to MS-DOS. You can use the Boot to Previous Operating System option after Win95 starts, because Win95 has inherent multibooting abilities. For resources about how to configure an NT multiboot system to boot directly to MS-DOS, see "Multibooting Resources." Source: Windows 2000 Magazine (July 1999)

Troubleshooting:Known Bugs and Issues

'Blue Screen' Error When You Use Partition Magic 3.x to Dual Boot Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 269360 - When Partition Magic is installed on your computer and you try to dual boot Windows 2000 with another Microsoft Windows-based operating system, you may receive a "blue screen" STOP error message when you use the boot manager to boot to Windows 2000. This occurs when both operating systems are installed on the same partition.

Cannot Dual Boot Windows 2000 on a Shared Partition 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 221061 - After you install Windows 2000 you may receive critical and non-critical error messages. You may receive error messages in both Windows 2000 and your previous version of Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows 995 (any version of Windows that uses the Program Files folder).

Cannot Upgrade Windows 95 or Windows 98 Computers That Dual Boot Windows 2000 or Windows NT 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 232123 - If your computer is configured to dual boot between Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows NT or Microsoft Windows 2000, when you upgrade from Windows 95 or Windows 98 to Windows 2000 Professional, you may receive any of the following error messages: 

Computer Stops Responding When Starting Dual Boot with PowerQuest Partition Magic 3.x
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 284839 - When you start a dual-boot computer that is running Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, and using PowerQuest Partition Magic 3.x, you may find that the computer stops responding. 

Logical Drives Created Under Windows 2000 Not Displayed in Windows NT and Windows 95/98 Dual Boot Systems
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 254108 - When you create logical drives in an extended partition in Microsoft Windows 2000, you cannot view those drives from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or Microsoft Windows 95 or 98 in a dual-boot system. Or, when you view a Cluster Server from a remote Terminal Server client computer and a fail over occurs, you may not be able to access the drive letter or a question mark (?) may be displayed over the letter.

Problems with Third-Party APM Tools on a Dual-Boot Computer
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 234744 - When you try to start Windows NT after you install Windows 2000 on your Windows NT-based computer to set up a dual-boot configuration, you may experience either of the following symptoms: 

STOP: 0x0000000A When You Dual Boot with Windows NT 4.0 on the Same Partition
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 227301 If you install Windows 2000 on a partition where an existing version of Windows NT 4.0 is already installed, when you boot into the previously installed version of Windows NT you may receive an error message on a blue screen: 

Windows 2000 Advanced Options Boot Menu Missing at Startup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 249000 - When you attempt to start Windows 2000 in a dual-boot configuration, you may experience any of the following issues:

Windows NT 4.0 SP3 Is Not Updated for Windows 2000 Dual-Boot Configurations
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 214405 - After you install Windows 2000 in a dual-boot configuration with Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3 (SP3), you may experience any of the following symptoms: 

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