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Run 2 Operating Systems on 1 PC


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#1 terrencej31

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:15 AM

Hello to all!

I have an original installed version of Windows XP Pro on my HD. I now have a 2nd HD installed in the Computer case with it. I want to run both if possible. Not at the same time, but when it loads up I can choose which one I can run. I want one for my Pro Tools LE software and music only and other for everything else. One Hard Disk is using Sata cable and the other is using something that kind of looks like a ribbon. Is this possible to have the option to only load one at a time? Right now I keep opening my case and unplugging one on boot up. :angry:


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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:35 AM

You can install an OS on the second drive and have the option at boot which to load. Is that what you'd like to do? If so, do you have a second disk?

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:47 AM

You can install an OS on the second drive and have the option at boot which to load. Is that what you'd like to do? If so, do you have a second disk?



Yes, my wife has Vista and I was going to install that on my second Disk but right now I have XP on it. It was already installed on the Hard Disk.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:55 AM

If this is a retail copy with a proper product code that hasn't been installed previously you shouldn't have any problem installing and activating it.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:55 AM

Keep in mind Microsoft's EULA os one disk, one installation. If your wife has Vista installed on her system you are not permitted to install it on another machine. If you just want to leave XP on the second disk and have it as a boot option, here are the instructions from MS to edit your boot.ini: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022

Please keep in mind though that if XP was installed when the hd was on a different system it will NOT boot to your system (unless the two computers have identical hw). You could just do a repair installation of XP on the second drive (http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm)

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 10:17 AM

If this is a OEM copy of Windows XP please read this advisory. The following is an excerpt from this article:

"New OEM restrictions initially affecting the top 20 Direct multinational OEM's.

As of February 28th 2005, all COA keys affixed to the computer case will have internet activation disabled. A mandatory phone call will be prompted to receive an override key after answering a series of questions which manually verify them as legitimate. >>More See 59 and 60>>> and More

This does not affect unbranded OEM versions purchased with authorized hardware through legitimate vendors. Branded OEM versions [I.E. Dell, HP, Gateway, etc..] purchased from eBay and other similar vendors will be affected and may lose the ability to activate the questionable copies."

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 11:03 AM

Okay Thanks! So just because I have my cd and she has hers, it still can not be use? My hd was in my computer was only 80gb so they took it out and put a 1tb in so I want to put it back in. I don't mind if I have to run windows XP on both. I just don't want to keep unplugging one before I boot up.




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