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Running a second copy of the same OS, just for emergencies

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mm, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    Running a second copy of the same OS, just for emergencies?

    My ex-gf has this virus problem (which I asked about in another post)
    and I realize I have always had dual boot, so I could remove viruses
    in winxP from my Win98SE. But some of the new av's won't run on
    win98, and my new computer mobo might not be able to run win98 anyhow,
    and the question occurs to me, why not have dual boot with another
    copy of the XP, installed from the same CD with the same product key.

    Since all the hardware is the same, MS won't even notice, right??

    If it did notice, would it object? IIRC the license permits
    installation on one computer, but doesn't prohibit dual installation
    on that computer.

    One could do all his work in the first one and save the other one for
    times when the first one won't boot.

    Or is this not worth the effort? Since there are AV Rescue CD's
    which one boots from and they say they can easily remove the viruses.
    And maybe all the other boot problems can be solved in Safe Mode.
     
  2. Bert Hyman

    Bert Hyman Flightless Bird

    In news:ahh28695b5l1u66m9hrqo7js3kophdv7vp@4ax.com mm
    <NOPSAMmm2005@bigfoot.com> wrote:

    > Or is this not worth the effort? Since there are AV Rescue CD's
    > which one boots from and they say they can easily remove the viruses.
    > And maybe all the other boot problems can be solved in Safe Mode.


    The A/V rescue CDs might be an easier solution, assuming that the one you
    choose will actually boot or run on your hardware (they won't have drivers
    for any strange hardware on your box).

    But, you'll have to either download and burn a new CD often to have a good
    chance of it actually finding the brand new virus that brought your system
    down, or simply wait 'til you're infected before downloading it on a clean
    system.

    Then, there's still the chance that a nasty virus might have done enough
    damage to your system that even after cleaning there won't be enough of
    Windows left to run.

    A world of choices, all of them bad.

    Better is to have the best real-time protection you can find and practice
    safe computing and avoid getting infected in the first place.

    --
    Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert@iphouse.com
     
  3. dadiOH

    dadiOH Flightless Bird

    mm wrote:
    > Running a second copy of the same OS, just for emergencies?
    >
    > My ex-gf has this virus problem (which I asked about in another post)
    > and I realize I have always had dual boot, so I could remove viruses
    > in winxP from my Win98SE. But some of the new av's won't run on
    > win98, and my new computer mobo might not be able to run win98 anyhow,
    > and the question occurs to me, why not have dual boot with another
    > copy of the XP, installed from the same CD with the same product key.
    >
    > Since all the hardware is the same, MS won't even notice, right??


    Right
    ______________

    > If it did notice, would it object? IIRC the license permits
    > installation on one computer, but doesn't prohibit dual installation
    > on that computer.


    Right
    ______________

    > One could do all his work in the first one and save the other one for
    > times when the first one won't boot.
    >
    > Or is this not worth the effort?


    It is to me. Not much effort and gives you easy access to the other drive.
    You can even copy - plain old copy - the main OS if you want to.

    In my case, XP#2 is a minimal one; i.e., no drivers, no inet, nothing extra
    except an imaging program so I can easily access images made of XP #1 when
    using XP #1.

    --

    dadiOH
    ____________________________

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  4. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 3 Sep 2010 15:42:15 -0400, "dadiOH" <dadiOH@invalid.com>
    wrote:

    >mm wrote:
    >> Running a second copy of the same OS, just for emergencies?
    >>
    >> My ex-gf has this virus problem (which I asked about in another post)
    >> and I realize I have always had dual boot, so I could remove viruses
    >> in winxP from my Win98SE. But some of the new av's won't run on
    >> win98, and my new computer mobo might not be able to run win98 anyhow,
    >> and the question occurs to me, why not have dual boot with another
    >> copy of the XP, installed from the same CD with the same product key.
    >>
    >> Since all the hardware is the same, MS won't even notice, right??

    >
    >Right
    >______________
    >
    >> If it did notice, would it object? IIRC the license permits
    >> installation on one computer, but doesn't prohibit dual installation
    >> on that computer.

    >
    >Right
    >______________
    >
    >> One could do all his work in the first one and save the other one for
    >> times when the first one won't boot.
    >>
    >> Or is this not worth the effort?

    >
    >It is to me. Not much effort and gives you easy access to the other drive.
    >You can even copy - plain old copy - the main OS if you want to.


    One can just xcopy or Windows Explorer copy the files from one
    partition to the other?

    I don't need to make a image, and copy that in?

    >In my case, XP#2 is a minimal one; i.e., no drivers, no inet, nothing extra
    >except an imaging program so I can easily access images made of XP #1 when
    >using XP #1.


    Well, I like your answer better than Bert's because it assures me
    paying attention and not cray.

    But bothare valuable. As far as virus-protection goes, Bert, I've
    always had current virus defs/sigs and afaik, I'm never had a virus
    (well, except once right before my eyes, something was making loads of
    files with the same name or consective names and I was able to delete
    them faster than they were made and within 3 or 4 minutes I deleted
    them all, and that was the end of it. Maybe that was a virus.)

    Thank you both.
     
  5. dadiOH

    dadiOH Flightless Bird

    mm wrote:
    > On Fri, 3 Sep 2010 15:42:15 -0400, "dadiOH" <dadiOH@invalid.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> mm wrote:
    >>> Running a second copy of the same OS, just for emergencies?
    >>>
    >>> My ex-gf has this virus problem (which I asked about in another
    >>> post) and I realize I have always had dual boot, so I could remove
    >>> viruses in winxP from my Win98SE. But some of the new av's won't
    >>> run on win98, and my new computer mobo might not be able to run
    >>> win98 anyhow, and the question occurs to me, why not have dual boot
    >>> with another copy of the XP, installed from the same CD with the
    >>> same product key.
    >>>
    >>> Since all the hardware is the same, MS won't even notice, right??

    >>
    >> Right
    >> ______________
    >>
    >>> If it did notice, would it object? IIRC the license permits
    >>> installation on one computer, but doesn't prohibit dual installation
    >>> on that computer.

    >>
    >> Right
    >> ______________
    >>
    >>> One could do all his work in the first one and save the other one
    >>> for times when the first one won't boot.
    >>>
    >>> Or is this not worth the effort?

    >>
    >> It is to me. Not much effort and gives you easy access to the other
    >> drive. You can even copy - plain old copy - the main OS if you want
    >> to.

    >
    > One can just xcopy or Windows Explorer copy the files from one
    > partition to the other?
    >
    > I don't need to make a image, and copy that in?


    You can plain copy everything except the "System Volume Information" folder.
    Personally, I prefer making images,

    --

    dadiOH
    ____________________________

    dadiOH's dandies v3.06...
    ....a help file of info about MP3s, recording from
    LP/cassette and tips & tricks on this and that.
    Get it at http://mysite.verizon.net/xico
     
  6. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 4 Sep 2010 16:00:38 -0400, "dadiOH" <dadiOH@invalid.com>
    wrote:

    >mm wrote:
    >> On Fri, 3 Sep 2010 15:42:15 -0400, "dadiOH" <dadiOH@invalid.com>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> mm wrote:
    >>>> Running a second copy of the same OS, just for emergencies?
    >>>>
    >>>> My ex-gf has this virus problem (which I asked about in another
    >>>> post) and I realize I have always had dual boot, so I could remove
    >>>> viruses in winxP from my Win98SE. But some of the new av's won't
    >>>> run on win98, and my new computer mobo might not be able to run
    >>>> win98 anyhow, and the question occurs to me, why not have dual boot
    >>>> with another copy of the XP, installed from the same CD with the
    >>>> same product key.
    >>>>
    >>>> Since all the hardware is the same, MS won't even notice, right??
    >>>
    >>> Right
    >>> ______________
    >>>
    >>>> If it did notice, would it object? IIRC the license permits
    >>>> installation on one computer, but doesn't prohibit dual installation
    >>>> on that computer.
    >>>
    >>> Right
    >>> ______________
    >>>
    >>>> One could do all his work in the first one and save the other one
    >>>> for times when the first one won't boot.
    >>>>
    >>>> Or is this not worth the effort?
    >>>
    >>> It is to me. Not much effort and gives you easy access to the other
    >>> drive. You can even copy - plain old copy - the main OS if you want
    >>> to.

    >>
    >> One can just xcopy or Windows Explorer copy the files from one
    >> partition to the other?
    >>
    >> I don't need to make a image, and copy that in?

    >
    >You can plain copy everything except the "System Volume Information" folder.


    I know you said this once already, but I appreciate your saying it
    again!

    >Personally, I prefer making images,


    Then I do too. (What's the smily for a suck-up?)
     

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