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Recipe 12.11. Adding Windows 95/98/ME to a Linux System
You have a single computer, and you would like to dual-boot Windows 95/98/ME and Linux, because you use applications on both platforms. Or you have a small test network, and you want to install as many operating systems are you can in multiboot configurations, so that you can test different combinations of operating systems without using a lot of computers. Or you already tried to add Windows 95/98/ME to your nice new Linux multiboot system, but it didn't even install—it complained about not being able to format the C: drive, which is a good thing, because it would have overwritten your Linux installations. You don't want to use an emulator like VMWare, which lets you run both at the same time without rebooting, because it's too expensive, or your hardware is too feeble.
There are a number of tricky bits to adding Windows 95/98/ME to a Linux system. You'll need to hide partitions, and restore GRUB to the MBR after the Windows installation, because Windows overwrites the bootloader. Windows 95/98/ME must have a primary partition prepared in advance. Unfortunately, GRUB does not boot CD-ROMs, so you'll need a Windows Startup diskette. (This is a very useful disk for all versions of Windows.) If you don't have one, it is easy to make one from 98 or ME:
Write-protect the disk, and it's ready to go.
To install Windows 95/98/ME on /dev/hda4:
Let's look at the last three options more closely:
If you're thinking "Wow, this sounds like a lot of work," you are right. There is an easier way to dual-boot Windows 95/98/ME with Linux: install Windows 95/98/ME first, then add Linux. If you install Linux last, the installer will load GRUB in the MBR for you and will automatically create an entry for Windows in the GRUB menu.
You cannot run more than one 95/98/ME, unless you use GRUB's partition-hiding on every one and have enough primary partitions to give each one its own.
12.11.4 See Also
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