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I would like to install Windows 98, XP and 8 Dev Preview alongside of Linux and Win 7 and would like to do so without loosing my current config.

Here is my current setup:

  • Drive 0: [150Gb Linux / 150Gb Linux]
  • Drive 1: [150Gb Windows 7 / 150GB Empty ]

I'd like to use the empty partition on Drive 1 to install Windows 98, XP and Windows 8 Dev preview and not lose my current setup.

I don't mind using VHD or even purchasing a good Boot Loader. I did look into Acronis Disk Director but am unsure if there are better, more suitable alternatives. Any help would be much appreciated.

EDIT: Please, I do not want Virtual Machines as they don't allow me to make full use of my video card nor the processor.

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Any reason you can just create VMs for each OS? They wouldn't need to all be running simultaneously. – jscott Feb 7 '12 at 2:09
Good lord, Windows 98? You do know that it's a 14 year old OS, don't you? :) – EEAA Feb 7 '12 at 2:11
Why so many OS's? – Simon Sheehan Feb 7 '12 at 2:52
It may be because this is kind of ridiculous, and a bit impractical. You're going to have one really messed up setup going. – Simon Sheehan Feb 7 '12 at 4:01
I think you need to consider that this is a very narrow situation that isn't likely to work particularly well. What have you tried so far that hasn't worked? Have you made any attempts at adding Windows 98? If you've got it all working fine with everything but Windows 98 right now, perhaps you could run just Windows 98 in a VM? I guarantee you that a VM on modern hardware will still be orders of magnitude faster than the original hardware Win98 was designed for would have been. – nhinkle Feb 7 '12 at 5:45
  1. Select your "host" OS. Sounds like this will either be Linux or Windows 7.
  2. Install VirtualBox.
  3. Create VMs for each OS, and install the OSes.
  4. (Optional) After installation, take snapshots of each VM and archive for future use.
  5. Profit?
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