Dual Boot

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    Dual Boot

    I have 2 hard drives. One has MS DOS 6.22, the other has Windows XP. I want my computer to turn on and allow me to choose the os to boot on either of the 2 hard drives. Each hard drive has 1 partition, each hard drive only has 1 OS.

    How do I do this?
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    i have win98 on one drive and xp on another:

    I made my main drive a windows 98 drive and slaved in my 20gig'r. I loaded win98 and started xp install and made sure it went to the slave, now i can boot to which ever i want. Check this guide out:

    http://www.blkviper.com/Articles/OS/...multiboot1.htm

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    You need some sort of bootloader. Or, you could keep one drive "invisible" and only have it boot when a boot disk is installed.

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    Ok, so in order for me to do what I want above, with BOTH of my operating systems being installed already when they were BOTH in separate computers(I do not want to reinstall), I need a boot loader?

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    I don't want any boot disks or anything silly like that.
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    Yep, you need a bootloader. I think XP might even have one built into it.

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    Ok, thanks, I'll look into it.
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    dunno if this is wat he means but its in msconfig

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    While your information helped, I have decided to just upgrade my dos box. I'm going to try to put a video card(currently running a Trident) in it that supports tv out in true DOS mode and Windows 95 - this should be cheap. Then, I'm going to upgrade the sound card to something that's cheap and higher quality than the current advance logic. Also, a first class pentium 233mhz MMX($20 or something, online). Then, finally bump the 32mb EDO ram up to 128, or whatever the A-Open board I'm using's max capacity is. Then, I'll replace the CD-ROM as it doesn't work! (Something cheap, just for DOS/Win95 retrogaming, etc.) After all is said and done, I'll throw my copy of Windows 95 onto it.

    There, a DOS ERA computer. First generation 3d action games such as Tomb Raider 1(Which is an absolute $$$$$ on Windows XP), and classics such as Raptor: Call Of The Shadows will run fine.

    I have -
    MS DOS 6.22
    Windows 95
    Windows 98 SE
    Windows XP Home
    Windows XP Professional

    If you want to recommend a different OS configuration for the DOS computer only, or recommend some hardware for the intentions I listed above, please do so.
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