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zBoot Manager Installation Wizard


My hard disk has 3 primary partitions, the 1st is NTFS partition installed Windows XP, the 2nd and 3rd are FAT32 LBA partitions. Now I what to install Windows 98 to the 2nd partition and share 3rd partition between Windows XP and Windows 98.

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. Then run zBoot Manager: A:\>zboot <ENTER>. At this time, it will check your 1st hard disk, and read your current partition information. When 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. Since you don't need to add new partitions at this time, simply press <ESC> to return to Main Menu.

  4. Form Main Menu, select "Step 2 setup zBoot 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 (Windows XP with D:,E:). Press <R> key to rename it to "Windows XP".  The window below will list the partitions of Windows XP at this time. Now, you can add another system.  In the first window, press <C> to copy to a new system, input a name "Windows 98 without D:". In the panel below, delete the one which has "B" sign ( It is your C: of Windows XP), and set the 2nd one bootable with <SPACE>. Move the highlighted item in the first panel to "Windows XP" and delete the 2nd partition(it will be the C: of your Windows98) in the bottom panel. 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. 

  6. You will see a boot menu with two items "Windows XP" and "Windows 98".  You can try to select Windows XP to see if it can boot.  Then restart your computer and select "Windows98" then you may get an error message "OS Loading Error", now restart your computer to install Windows 98 to C:(it was your D: in your Windows XP before install zBoot Manager). After installing, your boot menu may disappear, please run zBoot again and do step3 once.

  7. Enjoy it!!! 



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