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Reformat PC I want to reformat and partition my laptop so that I can have two operating system. What are you recommendations??

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Once you format and get to the screen where you're prompted to install xp, just make sure that you type a number that's half the size of your drive. format the first, do the installation and don't worry about the second one until needed.

when installing the second O/S, just pick the remaining space that's probably not partitioned, partition it, format and install.

It should take care of the boot.ini entries automatically for ya.

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