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Chapter 1.  Installing and Booting Windo... > Create a dual-boot configuration

1.5. Create a dual-boot configuration

If necessary, you can retain your existing Windows 9x or Windows NT operating system and boot Windows 2000 as well (called a dual-boot system). A dual-boot system is particularly useful if you need to run applications that won't run under Windows 2000 or want to retain your existing configuration and run Windows 2000 primarily for testing and learning purposes.

Microsoft recommends that you place Windows 2000 in its own partition, but you can install Windows 2000 in the same partition as Windows 9x or Windows NT. However, Windows 2000 uses some of the same folders that these other operating systems do to store applications (such as the Program Files folder). This means that you could run into problems with certain common applications such as Internet Explorer or Outlook Express if you're not using the same version under your existing OS that you'll be using under Windows 2000. If at all possible, create another partition to contain Windows 2000.


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