Originally Posted by Goodweed of the North
My gripe is simple. My OS is old. I'm still running Windows 98. The problem is that I just got an external DVD burner for Christmas, a very nice one that will burn double-sided DVD's up to 8.5 Gig. But my OS doesn't support it. I'm going to have to upgrade to Windows 2000 at the very least, but probably will upgrade to Windows XP Pro. The problem with this is that Windows 98 is DOS based, which allows me to run the interface program for communicating with the Phone Systems at work...I won't be able to do that when I upgrade as the interface program requires a DOS-based OS and from Windows 2000 up, the OS is no longer DOS based.
I've been told that I can set up my hard drive in partitions and operate a dual boot, one using Windows 98, and the other using the upgraded OS...
For your windows OS upgrade, chose XP over Win2000, since it will be supported longer by Microsoft and new hardware (like your DVD burner) may not work with Win2000.
First thing to do is check whether your computer can run XP. You may need to upgrade your hardware but check whether your current computer can be upgraded if necessary. Some old computers can't be effectively upgraded or you may find it is not cost effective to do so.
If you've checked and know that your computer can run XP and if your computer has the space inside for a 2nd hard drive, you might want to consider buying and installing a 2nd drive and installing XP to that drive. You would not need Partition Magic if you do this. However, be sure to get a hard drive that is compatible with your computer.
If you upgrade, check with your employer's tech support whether their interface software can be run from within XP's "command" window or with DOS emulation software under XP. If the answer is yes, you may not need to keep Win98 on your machine.
Apologies if you already know this stuff. However, I've been using computers since the early DOS days, have used Partition Magic many times and currently have 2 computers, each dual boot. If you want, please feel free to PM me on this issue. - SF