Can you have 2 operating systems on the same PC?

Question

Can two operating systems be installed on the same PC? I am currently running Windows 2000. My hard drive has one primary partition. I need to install Win98 or ME so I can run PCAnywhere 9.0. This ver. of pcaw is not supported by Win 2000.

Can I just load the other OS or do I need another partition and will I need to do a complete reformat to get this partition?

Answer

This question was answered on October 28, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Yes you can, but they will both need their own separate partition on your harddrive So if you have all of your current harddrive partitioned for 2000 yes you will need to re-format it with 1 partition for 2000 and a seperate partition for 98 or ME, and both partitions will need to have ther own drive letter i.e C: and D: Your current BIOS will also need to support dual booting If your system supports dual booting, once you get both OS's installed on their own partition with seperate drive letters, you will be able to select which OS you want to run during boot up A screen will come up with both drives and OS's and you have to select which one you want to use then Another important thing is to make sure you install both OS's on their partitions with FAT32 formatting since 98 and ME do not support NTFS.

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Posted by Kevin of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on October 28, 2005