Booting Windows 9x

The way Windows boots is slightly different. The partition points to the boot sector, which loads the two text files config.sys and autoexec.bat. It then loads the Windows equivalent of the Linux kernel, win.com. The configuration file for win.com is the Registry, which consists of two binary files: system.dat and user. dat. While config.sys and autoexec.bat are text files, Registry files need to be edited with regedit.

There are several ways to install Linux and Windows 3x/9x on the same machine. They are listed below, starting with UMSDOS. Before anything is done, back up your hard drive and run scandisk on the hard drive to correct any errors. This will save you a lot of trouble down the road.

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