Dual-booting all versions of Windows and Linux
Using BootMagic to Install a new OS
The information supplied here is from BootMagic itself.
THPC does not support third-party utilities so you use this information entirely AT YOUR OWN RISK. You should try to obtain the most recent information on this topic from PowerQuest's web site (the information below was dated 1999 and viewed in 2003). It is supplied here only because some users appear to have difficulty in accessing this information at that site.
The references below to NT and OS/2 also apply to 2K/XP (for NT) and Win98/Me (for OS/2).
Notes from THPC:
About Installing a New Operating System
BootMagic makes installing multiple OSs on your system easy. Follow these general guidelines when installing a new OS:
Before installing any new OS, it is recommended that you back up your system and make bootable diskettes for both your current OS and BootMagic. Although the backup and boot diskettes may never be necessary, they provide a safety net should any problems occur.
Some OSs require you to reboot your computer during installation. If this happens, you should reboot as required. If the BootMagic Menu appears, you should boot from an existing OS. Run the BootMagic configuration program, then add the new OS as a menu item to the BootMagic Menu. Reboot your computer and choose the new menu item; this will continue the new OS installation.
If an OS installation gives you the option of installing the OS boot code to either the master boot record (MBR) or the partition, choose the partition. Otherwise, the OS installation will overwrite the BootMagic MBR and disable BootMagic.
If the MBR is overwritten by mistake, or if BootMagic fails to appear after an OS installation, you can easily fix the problem by running the BootMagic configuration program (either from your hard disk or from the BootMagic rescue diskette) and re-enabling BootMagic. When you save the configuration and exit the program, BootMagic rewrites the MBR.
After installing a new OS, you must run BootMagic�s configuration program t add the new OS to the BootMagic Menu. New OSs are not automatically added to the menu.
You can install an OS to a primary partition or a logical partition.
To install to a primary partition:
To install to a logical partition
To install Windows NT to a logical partition,
To install OS/2 to a logical partition,
Please remember that you alone are responsible for the consequences of any changes you make to your computer hardware or software.
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