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Last Updated December 10, 2003

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MultiBooting Windows XP

With Windows XP, you can install two or more operating systems on your computer, and then choose the one that you want to use each time you restart. This is known as multibooting, or dual booting. This is a great option if you need to support legacy programs that won't run on Windows XP, or if you're not sure you want to switch to XP yet, but want to try out the operating system yet.

Where to Start
Multibooting with Windows 2000 and Windows XP
This article in the Windows 2000 Technical Resources area explains how you can configure a computer to boot with one of several operating systems.

Multibooting with Windows XP: Introduction
This article provides an overview of multibooting, beginning with a summary of disk requirements followed by guidelines for multibooting with Windows XP. It also addresses multibooting issues for running Windows XP with earlier operating systems including Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 9x, and MS-DOS©. Each section includes a checklist summary for easy reference. Source:

Multibooting Made Easy
How to allocate disk space, chose a file system, and install more than one operating system on a computer running Windows XP. Source:

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 Multiple Boot Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 98, and MS-DOS 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 217210 - This article describes how to configure an Intel-based computer to multiple boot MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP.

Known Bugs and Issues
Cannot View NTFS Logical Drive After Using Fdisk  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 310397 - If you start Windows NT or Windows XP in a dual-boot environment with Windows 95 or Windows 98, use the Fdisk tool to delete a logical drive using the File Allocation Table (FAT) file system, and then restart Windows, you may no longer see...

Dual-Boot Installation May Not Prompt for Default Location for Windows XP Installation 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 305873 - When you configure a system to dual-boot, Setup may not prompt you about which partition to install Windows XP to by default. 


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