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My hard disk size is 60G and currently have one partition(10G primary partition) with Windows 2000 and another extended partition(30G) with one logic driver D: for data. Now I want to create another partition ( about 20G) to install Windows XP, and make the D: shared between Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Installation steps:

  1. Create a DOS startup floppy disk. If you have one DOS startup floppy disk, skip this step.

    You can use the starting floppy disk of Windows 98/Me etc. If you hard disk is bigger than 8G, you should not use the DOS 6.0 or older version since they can't support the big disk. One easy way to do this is to make a start-up disk from Windows, Control Panel-->Add/Remove Program--> Make startup disk.  You can also download a Windows 98 boot disk here.  Insert a floppy disk to A: and run it , it will automatically create a bootable floppy disk.

  2. Copy ZBOOT.EXE to your startup floppy disk, and restart your computer with that Disk. And then run zBoot Manager: A:\>zboot <ENTER>. At this time, it will check your hard disk, and read your current partition information. Once you see the Main Menu, use Disk tools->Backup current MBR function to save your current MBR to a file. Obviously, you'd better save it to your floppy disk.

  3. From Main Menu, select "step 1 setup partition list". You can now see your current partition list, now there should have 2 partitions, one is your C: (No. 1, 10G, installed with Windows 2000)and the other one is your D: ( No. 2, 30G). At the bottom panel, you can find a free block(10G). Now, switch to bottom panel with <TAB> key and press <ENTER> to create one partition( 10G, for Windows XP, NTFS or FAT32).  Then press <ESC> to return to Main Menu.

  4. Form Main Menu, select "Step 2 setup boot menu". There are three windows here, you can use <TAB> to switch among them. In the first window, you can find a menu item "operating system 1", it is your current system. Press <R> key to rename it to "Windows 2000".  The window below will list the partitions of Windows 2000 at this time. Now, you can add another system.  In the first window, press <INS> to add a new system, input a name, i.e. Windows XP, use cursor keys to  highlight it and use <TAB> to switch to the window below( partition list window). Then Press <INS> to add partitions from the partition list, now add the 2nd partition(30G) and the 3rd partition (You just created) to Windows XP.  Highlight the 2nd one(10G) and press <SPACE> key to set it bootable. Press <ESC> to return to Main Menu

  5. Form Main Menu, select "Step 3 Install zBoot Manager to hard disk" to actually install it. Then remove your floppy disk and restart your computer. You will see a boot menu with two menu items. one is "windows 2000" the other one is "Windows XP". You can select "Windows 2000", it will boot your windows 2000 as before. (You can restore your MBR if there are some errors). If your current system works well, restart your computer and select "Windows XP". Since you have not installed it, it will display "OS loading Error!" or other error info, now restart your computer with CD-ROM or Floppy disk to install Windows XP. Since at the last step, you only select last two partitions for Windows XP, your old D: is still D: in Windows XP. The one you just created will be C: in Windows XP. You can check it with command: "dir D:". Now, you can install windows XP to C:  as usual.

  6. After you install Windows XP, the boot menu may disappear, you just need to run zBoot again and use "step 3 Install zBoot manger to hard disk" again.  Now remove the floppy disk and restart your computer.

  7. Now you have already two operating systems in your hard disk. Enjoy it!!!



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