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Preparation

As discussed in Chapter 3, "Getting Your Hardware and Software Ready for Windows 2000" and Chapter 4, "Installing Windows 2000," it is certainly possible, with a bit of work, to run multiple operating systems on your Windows 2000 Professional computer. So if you just can't part with that trusty old copy of Windows 95 you're running but need to install another operating system, such as Windows 2000 Pro, you're in luck. Or maybe you're running Windows 98, NT 4.0, Linux, or even MS-DOS. Whatever the operating system on your machine at the moment, you've no doubt spent hours and hours fine-tuning it and learning all the little quirks, and you probably have all the settings, applications, and data files arranged to your liking. Well, take heart—you can probably make it live harmoniously with Windows 2000 Professional.

Caution

I strongly recommend that you create an emergency repair disk before you install another operating system on your computer. That way, you can revert to it in case of catastrophe. Installing a new operating system is not always the smoothest path, as you probably know. If an installation doesn't make it all the way through, you'll appreciate being able to gracefully back out.



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