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    Unhappy Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Hi all! I was just wondering, could you tri-boot windows 2000, XP, and Me? I already have windows XP and 2000 booting perfectly on 2 hdd's. I installed a third one as the secondary master. Could I install Me on it or do I have to install 2000 or XP? I know that win2k or winxp will install properly because they both are NT-Based; Windows Me is MS-DOS based. Any Ideas? My HDD is a Seagate Fireball about 9GB. Thank's in advance!
    Kyle

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Why would you want to run Me? I am curious if you do not mind me asking? Yes you can do it......but why?
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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Start off by unplugging your Win2K and WinXP hard drives, leaving only the drive you want to install WinME onto.

    Boot the PC with the ME CD and run the setup program and install WinME.

    Once you've done that, plug the other two drives back in and then follow this guide, starting from the point where it says "Repairing the Windows® XP Boot Loader". That's it

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Quote Originally Posted by python134r View Post
    Why would you want to run Me? I am curious if you do not mind me asking? Yes you can do it......but why?
    QFT

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Quote Originally Posted by python134r View Post
    Why would you want to run Me? I am curious if you do not mind me asking? Yes you can do it......but why?
    I got a 9GB HDD and I just want to try WinMe again.
    Kyle

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Quote Originally Posted by Mjölnir View Post
    Start off by unplugging your Win2K and WinXP hard drives, leaving only the drive you want to install WinME onto.

    Boot the PC with the ME CD and run the setup program and install WinME.

    Once you've done that, plug the other two drives back in and then follow this guide, starting from the point where it says "Repairing the Windows® XP Boot Loader". That's it
    Thx!
    Kyle

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Quote Originally Posted by 081423 View Post
    Thx!
    No worries Let us know if you get stuck.

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Quote Originally Posted by Mjölnir View Post
    No worries Let us know if you get stuck.
    I just ran into trouble. DOS cannot read NTFS drives. What can I do? do it on the WinMe drive and copy it?
    Kyle

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Quote Originally Posted by 081423 View Post
    I just ran into trouble. DOS cannot read NTFS drives. What can I do? do it on the WinMe drive and copy it?
    DOS and WinME were never designed to read NTFS. There are three things you can do here:
    • Use Active NTFS Reader, listed at the end of this web page.
    • Try using the boot sector from the NTFS reader on the same site.
    • Reinstall Windows XP and 2K using FAT32 partitions (not recommended).

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Quote Originally Posted by Mjölnir View Post
    DOS and WinME were never designed to read NTFS. There are three things you can do here:
    • Use Active NTFS Reader, listed at the end of this web page.
    • Try using the boot sector from the NTFS reader on the same site.
    • Reinstall Windows XP and 2K using FAT32 partitions (not recommended).
    What I mean is that should I just copy the bootsect.dos after I have created it on the WinMe Partition to the NTFS HDD (My Windows XP/2K Still Works)?
    Last edited by 081423; 07-27-2007 at 02:20 PM.
    Kyle

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Quote Originally Posted by 081423 View Post
    What I mean is that should I just copy the bootsect.dos after I have created it on the WinMe Partition to the NTFS HDD (My Windows XP/2K Still Works)?
    Yes. BOOTSECT.DOS needs to be copied to the WinXP partition (which is the one that should have the boot loader). From there, continue on from Step 5. So what you meant was that the XP boot loader didn't see the WinME partition?

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    ...have some normalyti to want 98 or dos but me WOW!
    its mixed abendond os,nothing normal there its like
    (dos+services) like mix of 98+2000 no normal drivers
    for hardware all this concept is bad.

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Help! My xpcd broke! All of the ways I've tried couldn't make a new one! I have a slipstreamed xpcd on my hdd. Please Help.
    Kyle

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Quote Originally Posted by 081423 View Post
    Help! My xpcd broke! All of the ways I've tried couldn't make a new one! I have a slipstreamed xpcd on my hdd. Please Help.
    What do you mean you have a slipstreamed XP CD on your PC? Is that files or an image?

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    Re: Tri-booting Windows 2000, XP, and Me

    Another possibility could be running Microsoft VirtualPC 2007 under XP, and using that to create a virtual Windows 9x/ME drive.
    But I find Mjölnir´s suggestion quite interesting myself, and will make sure to try adding 95/98 to either my current 2k or soon-to-be-installed XP, just for the sake of trying to run some of my favorite older DOS-based games. If VirtualPC proves unable to do that trick for me, then this one should do it.
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