Reinstalling with a Dual OS

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I'm running Windows 2000, and Windows ME. I'm having some problems with ME, and I want to reinstall. Am I going to have problems if I just reinstall ME? I remember I did it once when I was running 2000 and 98, and I couldn't get the boot option to choose which OS after I reinstalled.
 

Arrow

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From what I remember doing, I just formatted my Win98se/ME partition and reinstalled from DOS into that partition. My boot menu options were updated to reflect the changes. You can adjust the boot menu in My Computer -> Properties in Win2K.

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jerry557

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But you need to make sure you are able to boot into Windows 2000. If you reformat the drive it will erase the boot information that 2000 put on the C: drive.

The problem is that ME/98 likes to be King. And they don't get along well with OS's that are already installed. Your best bet is to back up your system files including boot.ini. Replace boot.ini when you have ME running.

What I am afraid of is that if you reinstall 98/ME that it will re-write the MBR (Master Boot Record) and if that happened, you will not be able to boot into windows 2000. Now if you use a program to dual boot like Bootmagic than it is a simple process. But I am not totally certain what would happen because I've never tried it.