How to install Office XP on a computer that is configured as a dual boot system for Windows NT and Windows 98

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This step-by-step article describes how to install Microsoft Office XP on a computer that is configured to dually boot Microsoft Windows NT and Microsoft Windows 98.

How to Install Office XP on a Computer That Is Configured to Dually Boot Microsoft Windows NT and Microsoft Windows 98

To install Office on a a dual-boot computer that runs Windows NT and Windows 98 so that you can run Office from either version of Windows, follow the steps that are appropriate for your configuration.

If Both Versions of Windows Are on the Same Partition

If both versions of Windows are on the same partition ( with the same drive letter), you are running both operating systems in a nonsupported configuration. Windows may be erratic. You must reinstall the operating systems on separate partitions.

For additional information, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
289283 Description of Supported Dual-Boot Configurations Between Windows-Based Operating Systems
153762 How to Set Up Dual Boot After You Install Windows

If Each Version of Windows Is on a Separate Partition, and FAT16 Is Used for Both Partitions

To install Office if each version of Windows is on a separate partition and FAT16 is used for both partitions, follow these steps:
  1. Start Windows (either version), and then run the Setup.exe file on the root of the Office CD to install Office.
  2. Restart the computer if prompted by Office Setup, and then start the same version of Windows that you started in step 1.

    This allows Office Setup to complete its installation.
  3. Start the other version of Windows, and then install Office to the same path as step 1. To do this, run the Setup.exe file on the root of the Office CD.
  4. Restart the computer if prompted by Office Setup, and then start the same version of Windows that you started in step 3.

    This allows Office Setup to complete its installation.
NOTE: Office Setup installs Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 to the \Program Files\Internet Explorer folder of the operating system drive by default. This is the recommended installation method for Internet Explorer 5.

For additional information about running Internet Explorer 5 on a dual-boot computer, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
221917 Error Message Removing Internet Explorer on Dual-Boot Computer

If Each Version of Windows Is on a Separate Partition and FAT32 or NTFS Is Used

You must install Office and Internet Explorer on both partitions if either of the following conditions is true, because each of these partition formats is incompatible with the other operating system:
  • Windows 98 is installed on a FAT32 partition.

    -or-
  • Windows NT is installed on an NTFS partition.


  1. Start Windows (either version), and then install Office to a partition supported by that operating system.
  2. Restart the computer if prompted by Office Setup, and then start the same version of Windows that you started in step 1.

    This allows Office Setup to complete its installation.
  3. Start the other version of Windows, and then install Office to a partition that is supported by that operating system.
  4. Restart the computer if prompted by Office Setup, and then start the same version of Windows that you started in step 3.

    This allows Office Setup to complete its installation.
NOTE: Office Setup installs Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 to the \Program Files\Internet Explorer folder of the operating system drive by default. This is the recommended installation method for Internet Explorer 5.

For additional information about running Internet Explorer 5 on a dual-boot computer, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
221917 Error Message Removing Internet Explorer on Dual-Boot Computer

Personalized Settings in Office XP

When you make changes to options within Office programs, your changes may not be recognized in the other version of Windows and may need to be configured while you are running the program in the other version of Windows.

Product Activation and Licensing

You can install the same licensed copy of Office on the same computer under a dual-boot configuration.

For additional information about licensing and activation, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
302806 Description of Microsoft Product Activation

REFERENCES

For additional information about supported dual-boot configurations with different Windows-based operating systems, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
289283 Description of Supported Dual-Boot Configurations Between Windows-Based Operating Systems

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Article ID: 292580 - Last Review: February 27, 2014 - Revision: 1.5
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  • Microsoft Office XP Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Office XP Professional with FrontPage
  • Microsoft Office XP Small Business Edition
  • Microsoft Office XP Standard Edition
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