Once the new OS is installed, reboot the computer with the SC7 “Boot Utility Disk #1″ that you created when you installed SC7. Let it load, and select the SCIN Utility and diagnostic. Select the “Enable” box, exit out of the program and CTRL+ALT+DELETE to reboot. There’s your new OS menu, I hope…I had trouble at this point, and couldn’t get SC7 to boot up. I tried a few things, before I emailed V-com’s Tech Support. I emailed them the problem on a Friday morning 11:00 AM MST. V-Com’s offices are in California, so this would’ve been 10:00 AM (PST) their time. I received a response by 6:05 PM MST or 5:05 PM their time. The tech’s email is as follows:
Thank you for your request for support via e-mail. Boot your computer on Utility disk #1 and at a:\ prompt, type: checkmbr/mbr (a generic MBR will be written, do not do this if you have a drive overlay- EZBIOS or EZDRIVE * I didn’t have a drive overlay*). Now insert Restart disk #2 and at a:\ prompt, type: scstart (you will enter the Manual Partitioning screen). Here you will see your hard drive depicted as a cylinder. Click on the Windows 2000 partition, it is likely hidden. From the Advanced menu, choose to ‘unhide’. Also choose to ‘set\toggle active bootable’ this partition from this same menu. Ultimately, this partition will be marked as “Active FAT32″. Confirm this from ‘Details about Selected Partition’ on the right side of the screen. Reboot, Windows 2000 should boot up. Then go to Start/Programs/System Commander/Utility Program and choose to Enable System Commander.
System Commander should come up at next reboot with selections for Windows2000 and ME. System Commander 7 should have no problem doing what you attempted. I do not know exactly what when wrong.
Well his advice worked, with a few “amendments” by me: I used SC7 7.01 for this article, I didn’t update to 7.03. In his steps, and the manual’s steps, they both point to an option in the SC7 Utility to “Enable System Commander. I didn’t have this choice, I had three choices:
- Make Boot/Restart diskette(s)
- Disable/Uninstall System Commander
- Reinstall Master Boot Record
I chose #3, let it do it’s thing, restarted, and low and behold there it was. But in text form. So I selected ALT-S for the settings menu, scrolled to HARDWARE, selected GRAPHICS RESOLUTION and set it to 640X480 (your video card may handle a higher resolution). Once your resolution is set, hit ESCAPE, and that’s it!
If you run into a problem with SC7, it can usually be figured out. The manual is informative, and gives a great perspective on partitioning, Master Boot Records, and a whole lot more. Other OSes can be added later, but keep these limitations in mind: You can only have 4 Windows (95, 98, ME, 2000, XP any version), on any one hard drive. This is because Windows Oses’ need a primary partition in order to run. The specification for the a hard disk’s MBR sector allows only 4 primary partitions per Hard Drive. Check their website for specific OS details.
All in all, System Commander 7 is an easy to use program. The manual is chock-full of information, and it has very powerful tools included with it. If you are tired of FDISK and it’s limitations, you will love the ability to use SC7′s GUI partition manager, and you don’t even have to have SC7 installed to use it’s powerful disk tools. The price of the software is worth every penny even if you don’t want to multi-boot. The disk tools are that impressive, especially for those of us in IT. The partition manager can even “see” Linux partitions, and move them around or delete them, unlike FDISK. SC7 is about the only option you have if you want or need multiple language versions of the same OS. It also works great if you share your computer with other users, as you can password protect “your OS” and leave another copy of the same OS for the other users (works great for the family with kids who think they are smarter than they really are…no more corrupt Windows files due to overzealous, would-be “hackers”!).
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