Dual boot XP & XP ?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by SPeedY_B, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

    Messages:
    15,800
    Location:
    Midlands, England
    Ok, asking this for a friend because basically I don't know :D

    Is there any way to dual boot 2 copies of XP on the same machine/drive?
     
  2. adek

    adek Very xp-erianced

    Messages:
    188
    Location:
    Here
    yep, just do a new install on to a diffrent partion, an when u boot it will bring up the boot box to ask u what one you want to run
     
  3. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

    Messages:
    15,800
    Location:
    Midlands, England
    Sweet, will pass it on :)
     
  4. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

    Messages:
    4,252
    Location:
    UK
    The only problem you'll run into after the install of the second copy is when the boot screen comes up...
    You won't know which is which because you'll see something like the following when it allows you to choose between the dual boot OSes:

    1. Microsoft Windows XP
    2. Microsoft Windows XP
     
  5. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

    Messages:
    15,800
    Location:
    Midlands, England
    Quick edit of boot.ini should sort that :)
     
  6. thebear

    thebear d(-.-)b

    Messages:
    364
    Location:
    Toronto, Canadia
    out of curiosity...why would you want to?
     
  7. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

    Messages:
    485
    beta test software?

    i'm sure there's more...just can't think of them.
     
  8. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

    Messages:
    15,800
    Location:
    Midlands, England
    He will be using the machine as an audio production machine, and wants to keep a seperate config (and system folder etc) for general use such as web/irc/mail etc.
     
  9. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

    Messages:
    1,520
    Location:
    Australia
    Won't separate user accounts do?
     
  10. Vector_One

    Vector_One Guest

    Is your friend's name Jef Bone, by any chance?
     
  11. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

    Messages:
    1,520
    Location:
    Australia
    You mean this guy?
    Jeff Bone is the founder and chief technology officer of Austin, TX-based Deepfile Corporation where he ponders the mysteries of filesystem management. Previously he was the founder and CTO of Activerse (early pioneer of buddy lists and instant messaging) and of Active Paper (developer of one of the first mobile / PDA-based e-mail clients and Web browsers.) In previous iterations he has delivered pizza, been a nightclub promoter, and done time at Sun and Dell. When not compulsively starting companies, obsessing about software architecture or making trouble on various mailing lists he likes to cook, invent perpetual motion machines, and watch trash TV with his sweetheart of 6 years, Jennifer.

    That was google to the rescue. Nope, don't have a clue who he is :D
     
  12. Vector_One

    Vector_One Guest

    ... no. That question was for Speedy_B.
     
  13. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

    Messages:
    1,520
    Location:
    Australia
    lol - cya :D
     
  14. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

    Messages:
    15,800
    Location:
    Midlands, England
    Nope, Oli G, the owner of camel records in the UK. (camelrecords.co.uk)

    and seperate user accounts wont do due to him needing completely differently optimised system profiles and so on.. :)
     
  15. JJB6486

    JJB6486 Retired Mod Political User

    Messages:
    1,207
    Location:
    West Lafayette, IN, USA
    Yep do full installs on two seperate partitions and it should work. Make sure to edit the descritpions in boot.ini to differentiate between the two profiles.

    JJB