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Multiple OS's

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Brian V, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. Brian V

    Brian V Flightless Bird

    Anyone recommend any programs or sites to run multiple OS's on paritions or
    seperate HD's?

    Is there a good knowledge base about doing this? What and how to?

    Can a person put an OS onto an external drive and run it? I would assume
    yes. How sucessful is a different story though.

    Apparently there are two boot-ups or something? I was told about this at
    work by someone. Does the start-up when you turn on your computer just take
    longer?

    Can you run them at the same time and switch between them with ease? Or do
    you need to shut-down and log-in on the other?
     
  2. db

    db Flightless Bird

    install virtual pc or virtual box

    then install as many o.s.'s as
    you want in one of the above.

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    "Brian V" <BrianV@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:1EFB93A9-11C8-4FF0-B2E0-32AA5BDABB65@microsoft.com...
    > Anyone recommend any programs or sites to run multiple OS's on paritions or
    > seperate HD's?
    >
    > Is there a good knowledge base about doing this? What and how to?
    >
    > Can a person put an OS onto an external drive and run it? I would assume
    > yes. How sucessful is a different story though.
    >
    > Apparently there are two boot-ups or something? I was told about this at
    > work by someone. Does the start-up when you turn on your computer just take
    > longer?
    >
    > Can you run them at the same time and switch between them with ease? Or do
    > you need to shut-down and log-in on the other?
     
  3. Greg Russell

    Greg Russell Flightless Bird

    In news:1EFB93A9-11C8-4FF0-B2E0-32AA5BDABB65@microsoft.com,
    Brian V <BrianV@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

    > Anyone recommend any programs or sites to run multiple OS's on
    > paritions or seperate HD's?


    How your computer operates is entirely up to you, unless you're willing to
    pay Billy billions and billions to do your thinking for you.

    If you're willing (and able, of course) to do your own "thingking" then
    there are nultiple online resources that will help you learn whatever it is
    you desire. Use any of the common search engines to help you better define
    your generic request, then drill down to "master boot record" or "grub" or
    "lilo".
     
  4. 20100214

    20100214 Flightless Bird

    If your hobby is to run multiple Operating systems without doing any
    meaningful work on your machine then YES it is possible to run the following
    on the same machine provided to install them on a separate partition:

    Dos 6.22 & Windows 3.10/3.11
    Windows 95
    Windows 98/98SE
    Windows NT 4 (avoid NT 3.51)
    Windows 2000
    Windows XP
    Windows Vista
    Windows 7

    Just create a 5 gb of partition for each OS and you can run all of them from
    the same machine. You normally get a boot menu where you select the OS you
    would like to run at any one time.

    hth



    Windows
    "Brian V" <BrianV@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:1EFB93A9-11C8-4FF0-B2E0-32AA5BDABB65@microsoft.com...
    > Anyone recommend any programs or sites to run multiple OS's on paritions
    > or
    > seperate HD's?
    >
    > Is there a good knowledge base about doing this? What and how to?
    >
    > Can a person put an OS onto an external drive and run it? I would assume
    > yes. How sucessful is a different story though.
    >
    > Apparently there are two boot-ups or something? I was told about this at
    > work by someone. Does the start-up when you turn on your computer just
    > take
    > longer?
    >
    > Can you run them at the same time and switch between them with ease? Or do
    > you need to shut-down and log-in on the other?
     
  5. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "Brian V" <BrianV@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:1EFB93A9-11C8-4FF0-B2E0-32AA5BDABB65@microsoft.com...
    >
    > Can a person put an OS onto an external drive and run it? I would assume
    > yes. How sucessful is a different story though.


    There are some people who have claimed to have installed Windows on an
    external disk - most received wisdom says it can't be done.
    You can certainly install and run certain other OSs from an external disk...
     
  6. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Gordon wrote:
    > "Brian V" <BrianV@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:1EFB93A9-11C8-4FF0-B2E0-32AA5BDABB65@microsoft.com...
    >>
    >> Can a person put an OS onto an external drive and run it? I would
    >> assume yes. How sucessful is a different story though.

    >
    > There are some people who have claimed to have installed Windows on an
    > external disk - most received wisdom says it can't be done.


    Received wisdom is often inaccurate.

    Although people have had success installing Windows on an external hard
    drive (the possibility is determined by the motherboard and BIOS) --
    even a USB flash drive! -- I wouldn't recommend doing this unless an
    eSATA drive (which for all intents and purposes is treated like an
    internal drive) is used.
     
  7. Anna

    Anna Flightless Bird


    >> "Brian V" <BrianV@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:1EFB93A9-11C8-4FF0-B2E0-32AA5BDABB65@microsoft.com...
    >>>
    >>> Can a person put an OS onto an external drive and run it? I would
    >>> assume yes. How sucessful is a different story though.



    > Gordon wrote:
    >> There are some people who have claimed to have installed Windows on an
    >> external disk - most received wisdom says it can't be done.

    >
    > Received wisdom is often inaccurate.



    "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    news:-ORERQKYrKHA.732@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Although people have had success installing Windows on an external hard
    > drive (the possibility is determined by the motherboard and BIOS) -- even
    > a USB flash drive! -- I wouldn't recommend doing this unless an eSATA
    > drive (which for all intents and purposes is treated like an internal
    > drive) is used.



    Gentlemen:
    You might be interested in learning that the latest version 6 of the Casper
    disk-cloning program now provides boot capability when the cloned contents
    of a bootable XP OS reside on a USB external HDD. So that a user can boot
    directly to the external USB device in the same way he or she would boot to
    their internal HDD (or external eSATA HDD). Incidentally, the Casper 6
    program provides that same capability with Windows 7. The motherboard's BIOS
    must support this capability, i.e., permitting a boot from a USB device;
    most motherboards manufactured over the past half-dozen years or so
    generally provide this capability although many of the older motherboards do
    not.

    It *is* true, of course, that this is not the same as fresh-installing the
    XP OS onto a USBEHD; that capability (as a routine operation) continues to
    elude us notwithstanding user comments to the contrary. But having a
    complete backup of one's system on a USB external HDD and providing the user
    with a bootable system from an external device is a significant advantage.
    Anna
     

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