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2 hard drives 2 operating systems.?

Q: 2 hard drives 2 operating systems.?

hello -
i'll try and make this simple .
i have 1 HD with windows installed on it ,it's having probs i need to format .
i have another HD that also has winodws installed ,im going to use that HD.
my question is . im only using 1 HD the other isnt connected ,its a back up HD.
i want to connect them both and transfer the important files over to the back HD up from the HD thats having the problems .where should i put all the files from the HD that is having problems,so i can see them when i am using the back up HD .so i can see the files from the problem HD ,so i can transfer over the files .?
the reason i ask is i have alot of stuff on the problem HD that is on the desktop and in my documents folder ect..
if im not booting up from the Problem HD then i wont be able to see the desktop folders ,my documents ect..,right ?
i hope this isnt confusing .
thanks .

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A: 2 hard drives 2 operating systems.?

Make your backup HDD primary master and problem HDD primary slave. Boot your computer. Windows will take care of your drive letters, so you should have any problem copying the data.

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I have a 32bit single core computer, I want to install two hardrives with different Operational systems. One with XP Pro, and the otherone with Win 7, can it be done, and when opening computer, can I choose which one I want to work on.

A:Different operating systems using two hard drives

It can be done. Do a lot of reading in setting up dual boot systems...

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i have a 3 year old Toshiba laptop with a bad hard drive. I've ordered a new hard drive. I have a more current Toshiba laptop with a smashed screen. But the hard drive works. Computer number 1 had a Windows 7 operating system. Computer number 2 is Windows 10. Can I transfer operating system and files and program from computer 2 to computer 1 ? Thanks

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I am currently running 2 operating systems (98SE) on a FAT32 fs and (XP) on NTFS fs on the second hard drive.

windows 98se is my c: drive - primary

xp is on my second hard drive that i've just recently installed.

for some reason, after reformatting this drive twice, i can not get all files to work - for example i cannot access system information, help and support etc etc.

i want to reformat the d drive - the one with windows xp but when i shut down to dos to do this, dos is not recognizing the d drive.... is that because i've made it NTFS and it's not seeing it from the FAT32 drive?

i'm so lost!!

my goal is to have both drives with FAT32 fs so that they are accessible from each other, but i cannot seem to be able to format the drive with xp which has nothing on it other than the operating system.

any ideas? geeze i re-read this and it doesn't even make sense to me, never mind someone else. sorry folks!

any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated!!

thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!!!

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i have a question (well i was wondering)

i have 2 hard drives in one machine and i have Windows 98 on one and the other with Windows XP.
is it posible to select an OS at start up with the 2 drives??

A:is it possible to boot 2 operating systems on 2 hard drives in 1 PC

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Yes it sounds foolish BUT, I was able to fix an OS (operating system) on 1 disk infected by a ransom virus from an OS on the second disk. Here's my dilemma, because I almost lost some very important data, I would like to protect certain data from damage or viruses in the future so -  I want to have 2 hard drives with a total of 5 OS's on them. First disk would have XP & Win7 on it. Second disk would have XP, Win7, & Ubuntu. My reasons are I would like to use one XP OS for financial transactions & nothing else. I use 2nd XP as a backup/recovery for the 1st XP. Then I use 1st Win7 for general surfing & research. I use 2nd Win7 for backup/recovery of 1st Win7. For the 3rd system I would like to install & try Ubuntu for a few months to see if I would like it.
     So far I have installed XP & Win7 on one hard disk. I have created 3 partitiones on the second hard disk, formatted 2 of those partitions & installed XP on the first partition & planned on installing WIn7 on the next partition then Ubuntu on the final partition. Now when I boot up the only OS's that appear on the list are the 2 XP systems. The Win7 system doesn't show up as an option to start. So at this point I'm not sure how I should proceed from here to have the Win7 OS to show up as an option to start & be able to continue installing the next Win7 & Ubuntu systems... Read more

A:1 computer, 2 hard drives, 5 operating systems, having problems

Well one way to do what you want is to use a boot manager. There are a bunch listed when I Googled with "partition boot manager"
Using one XP OS for financial will not be enough protection. If you were to get a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) for example they would be able to see and access all the drive letters in the computer.There are ways around that but I went for the simple method in my case.  One method to be secure is use removable drive trays and only have one OS inserted at a time. One OS for financial on its own drive, One Tray for the other OS's. The other way would be to use security software that encrypts the OS drive to be unreadable until you boot it and enter the password, Another possibility would be Virtual Machines holding the OS's.
One nice desktop for everything except for financial use. Then a inexpensive laptop that gets used for online banking, Billpaying, Income tax, Shopping at known good sites such as Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect and clothing/shoes. No Email, No surfing the web. Nothing else. I pull it out twice a month Bank, pay bills, Make an order, if needed, Then I shut it down and put it away again.
That is about the best I can think of for my peace of mind.
Good Luck

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At work I am running xp home but I have another harddrive in the bow which has Win 2k pro with a program on it I use weekly. How can I set the machine up so I can boot from either drive. I have tried everything I can think of but can't figure this out. I placed the drives in cable select mode but only the xp drive shows up in bios setup. When the box boots up I can see the win 200 drive but can't open the program from the xp drive. This program will not work in xp. Long story short is the boss is cheaping out and will not upgrade the program

A:How can I boot from multiple hard drives and operating systems

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1Should do it. I don't use it but it looks like it should be simpler and more windows centric than what I use.There are other boot managers. I use grub to boot Linux and three different versions of windows on the same machine. Grub is a bit complex but is integrated into multiboots that include linux

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I have a Sony Vaio VGNFS315Z with Windows XP Home. I am looking to connect a 60gb Hard Drive in a firewire enclosure which currently has the same Windows XP operating system on it. I would like to retain the use of both operating systems to preerve some of the software on the 60gb drive.

Apart from plugging it in to the firewire port what are the steps I need to take so that my Sony Vaio will view it as a separate operating system. This will prevent me having to format it and start again.


A:Simple steps to using 2 operating systems on separate hard drives with one computer.

Even if your laptop supports booting from firewire hard drives, Windows doesn't.

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OK, not sure if this is the right place to post this thread but here goes.
My system has a WD 500Gb drive with Windows 7 Home Premium installed.
My mothers system(Dell Studio Slim 540s) has a Seagaate 620GB(HD642JJ) with Windows Vista originally but has been upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate. Now she has been having allot of issue's(freezes BSOD's ect). So I took her hard drive and installed it in my system in the hopes of using allot of diag repairing programs I have accumalated on my system to trouble shoot and maybe repair hers. The reason I just didn't do this in her system is because any time you try to access things like the registry or sensitive such areas it will BSOD and so no changes can be made. So any ways is there any way to have both operating systems running on the same system at the same time without having to switch between them by booting? Also have tried to make a recovery disk but again every attempt results in a BSOD. So if it is even possable to wipe the drive and do a recovery without the upgrade disk which she seams to have misplaced some where, would be a great option also. Any help ideas would be greatly welcomed. All other programs on her drive a expendable but really don't wanna have to buy another Windows package if I do just wipe the drive.

A:2 Drives with 2 operating systems aat same time?

You won't get the drive to work inside your machine you would need to place it in a usb enclosure,the reason is the hardware is not the same so it will not boot correctly,put the drive back into the dell and see here for service manual user guides and trouble shooting Dell Studio Slim 540s Service Manual | Dell
if possible you should follow the istructions here
you will find links in the first link I gave you on running the dell diagnostic and to the user manual which should tell you if the machine has a recovery partition,please also check the ram ie remove and reseat and if it has a graphics card do the same also check the cables and connections are firmly and securely seated

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I am currently using Windows NT but need Windows 98 (or newer) to install some software.

Can I run both programs off the same hard drive?

If yes, is it as simple as getting a Windows 98 CD ROM and installing it using add programs?


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Hi, I installed the OEM version of Windows 7 but forgot to reformat the Hard Drive before installing. What was left on that Hard Disc was on old un-bootable Version of Windows Vista upgrade.

The problem now is that there are two operating systems on the one Hard Drive the Vista that wasn't working and now the Windows 7 on top of it. Now my 1TB hard drive is showing as almost full which is impossible as I'm only using the Windows 7 with minimal programs on it. Question: Is there a way to delete the Vista O/S which is just taking up space and not working anyway?

It is also not showing as a second partition either. Remember the Windows 7 I have is an OEM full version and the Vista was an upgraded version upgraded from XP that I never took off before I installed Windows 7.

Is there anything I can do without having to start all over from scratch?


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I have partitioned my hard disk and i want to install xp on one of em and win98 on the other but only one seems to be a bootable partition the other one @extended [email protected] says its not bootable. Or is there an easier way to achieve my goal

A:Can i have 2 operating systems partitioned on 1 hard drive?

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone can help me out with this question.

*I want to install an evaluation edition of Windows Server 2003 on my second hard disk and set the partition size to 5gb though it has 200gb. I don't have the serial card yet so that is why I'm just using this drive for educational reasons.

*On my first drive I have Windows ME and want to ensure that remains untouched in this process.

I basically want to be able to start my computer up and choose which OS I want to boot from and train myself to use the Windows Server 2003 OS.

Any suggestions on doing this smoothly would be greatly appreciated.

A:Dual Operating Systems on 2 separate hard disks

Welcome to TechSpot Forums

Doesn't it work if you just install it normally?

The textmode setup should ask you where to install 2003 and/or to create partitions. Depending on your computer it might have some problems with the 200 GB drive, as it is over 137 GB and therefore would require 48-bit addressing support, but if you just create a small partition in the beginning of the drive it shouldn't be a problem.

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I do alot of downloading and trying out different software. My antivirus has recently expired and now my computer is acting weird, slow, and i have alot of unwanted stuff on my computer. So I reformatted my entire harddrive and installed a fresh copy XP. What I would like to do is install two operating systems on one hard. Reason why is because I don't wanna spend 80 bucks for another antivirus. Anyhoo... My plan is to have two operating systems, one for downloading music, videos, movies, installing not so credible software... expendable and one for personal use primarilly for school work, banking, and purchasing online. This way, when the expendable operating system craps out i can just delete and reinstall a fresh copy without affecting the other OS. So to sum it up... how do i install multiple copies of xp on one harddrive? i tried reading up on it, something about partitions, but i'm still not sure how to do this.

A:How to install Multiple Operating Systems on one hard drive

Windows, what ever version, MUST I repeat MUST always be the 1st OS on the 1st Partition.( Reason, if you load any other OS windows will take over the MBR and you won't see the other OS). If you want two versions of Windows i.e. W2k and XP, then the oldest version must be installed 1st.
If you install Windows then Linux , Linux will offer to partition the drive,( it's usually ok to accept the default setting) and will install a Boot manager.
With two versions of Windows , the last installed version will install the Boot Manager. You will also need to create two Partitions prior to installing the 1st version of Windows.
I have never installed two versions of Xp, so I don't know what will happen although I think you might have probs with the Register.

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I'm using Bart PE to recover files on my desktop PC's hard drive after Windows XP stopped booting. I am able to use the A43 file manager to browse and even open the files that I would like to recover, but when I attempt to copy them to an external USB hard drive, I get an error message saying that the source disk or file can't be read.

Any idea why it can't copy the files, or how I can get it to do so?

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A few months ago, a virus swept over my computer, and I ended up having to use a new operating system (The same Operating System (XP 2003 Home) but another copy) Now when I start up my computer, it asks me which operating system I want to use. I realize that the second one on the list is my old copy of Windows with all of my from before two months ago.
Also, I just noticed that all of a sudden, I only have 5 GB of free space (69/74). I never had this problem before, and now I'm having trouble even running Disk Defragment (it says it wants 15% free space to run it).
My questions are:
How can I delete the old operating system? I can't very well get on to it. When I select that second Operating System, It takes me into safe mode. Then, when I try to log on, it immediately logs out and goes back to the log-in menu.

Is the duplicate Operating System what is taking up so much space? I would say I probably have about 45 GB of programs/documents on the old one, and 25 GB on the new one. Do I have duplicate copies of the same programs (MS Office, Windows XP, etc...)

If you could answer these questions, I would be your servant for life.


A:Deleting duplicate Operating Systems/Saving Hard Drive Space?

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Hi all,

A friend has recently switched to a laptop and offered me his old desktop. The only thing I know about the specs is that he was running XP, whereas my last system was Vista. He wants to keep his hard drive, so I'll install mine instead, a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9. If I swap out the hard drive, will it automatically boot in Vista instead of XP, or will I get a motherboard error? The disk has a factory image partition, which should include Vista, but I'm concerned his motherboard might not recognize the disk. Or could it start in XP and then allow me to change to Vista using the image? This HD model does not use master/slave settings, so that shouldn't be an issue.

I'm just not sure if there may be other problems. Thanks for the help!

A:Swapping hard drives on Vista/XP systems

The drive should be recognized all right, but chances are that it won't boot to a different board. And if your drive contains a recovery partition, then it must be an OEM version for a specific make and model, which means that that version of Vista probably cannot be used on a different model at all.

What machine did the drive with the recovery partition come from?

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My pc have 2 hard drives with operating system xp each one. I installed one as master and the other as slave. I want run the pc with the 2 hard drives and operating system on each one. When i run my pc it runs well but when i want to open the slave hard drive I cant open it because a message say the i have to format the drive. ***How I run my pc with the 2 hard drives with operating system xp on each one?****

A:Help How to Run 2 Hard Drives with operating system on each

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I am running windows 7 pro 64 bit on a WD 500 gig Sata Hard Drive, The other day I pulled the sata cable from the 500 gig sata and installed a samsung 250 gig SSD and loaded win 8 pro. The install went great. The problem is when I connect the sata cable back to the 500 gig HD to boot to win 7 I have to hook to a different slot on the motherboard to get it to boot. If I want to boot to the win 8 hard drive I have to do the same. If there a easier way to use two hard drives with two different OS in one computer so I can boot to either one. I dont want to dual boot on same drive. Thanks for your time

A:Using two hard drives with two different operating syatems

Are you using Windows 8 Upgrade?

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I'm currently acquiring windows 7 (6956).
I have 3 hard drives (500Gb, 500Gb, 160Gb), i want to install windows 7 on one of my 500gb hard drives but i still want to have the choice of using xp on startup. Anyone know how to do this?
(i want xp to only use the other 2 drives.)

A:2 Operating Systems (Moved from Other Operating Systems)

Welcome to TSF!!!


I am going to move your thread to the Windows XP forum. The folks over there will have a better idea how to set you system up and the like.

Hope everything goes well for you.

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Is this possible on a laptop? If yes how would one decide to boot from one or the other?

A:Installing two operating s on 2 seperate hard drives...

yes it is possible to do.

you will need a boot manager to switch between the different os's

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I am running Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 4). I currently have a 4-gig SCSI hard drive divided into three partitions. Partition 1 (2 gigs) is my C drive and contains all of my software. Partition 2 (2 gigs) is known as D and is used as “MY DOCUMENTS” drive. Partition 3 (47 MB) is named my E drive and is used as a “RECYCLE” bin. These drives are in FAT format.

I have purchased and installed a new 18-gig SCSI hard drive with a logical name of G. This drive is in NTSF format. I thought that what I wanted to do was to copy my C drive to G into a folder called Old C Drive and copy my “MY DOCUMENTS” from D to the root of G. I do not need drive E and it is empty.

At that time I could reformat my 4-gig drive (C, D, and E) into a single partition as my C drive. This would give me two physicals drives each with a single partition: C and G. I would then have to reinstall my software to drive C.

I have sought advice from some people that know more than me. Some agreed with my plan and others suggested creating more than one partition per hard disk. However, when I asked why, and what are the tradeoffs, no one could answer why they choose their method.

Now I am turning to the true experts with my issue. Can you suggest how and why I should handle this process one way or the other? Perhaps there are even better ways of setting up my computer to make it run better and faster.

Thanks for your help,


A:Partioning Hard Drives under Windows NT Operating System

Welcome to TSG.

There are many reasons to have multiple partitions, and others for not having them. It will end up being a persoal choice, as neither is better than the other.

Having one large partition means that you never have to woryy about one partition running out of space, and having to move files around to other partitions, or restructuring. however, it takes an age and a day to defrag, scandisk, and AV scan one large drive!

Having multiple partitions allows you to save certain files to specific drives. It is also much handier to run defrag, scandisk, and AV scans. The problem is allocating enough to each partition, to make it small enough for the system tools to run effectively, and yet large enouhgh that you shouldn't run out of space soon.

I have a measly 8 Gb hard drive in one partition. 10 Gb would be the largest partition I would have. If I had an 18 GB partiton, I would suggest breaking it down to at least 2 partitions. Adding your original 4 GB as your primary, to run OS related functions, then have each 9 gig partition store work and personal, or any other config.

Again, it is a personal choice. Some people have no problems with time, as they might leave their computer running overnight for the requisite 3-4 hours to defrag their 30 GB Hard drive. Others, who like more organisation, have more partitions.

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I would like to describe a problem, the solution I arrived at, and put a question to the Forum.
I recently re-arrange my 4 500GB SATA drives to provide better cooling. The system rebooted fine but every two or three days on booting Vista would kick me back to the BIOS starting screen, or, completely freeze, requiring a reboot. The system then wouldn't boot saying it couldn't find an operating system. Turning the computor off, and a restart would fix the problem until the next time. I resolved this by rearranging my hard drives so that Vistas C drive was the Motherboards logical boot drive. An obvious solution. My question is two fold. Why would BIOS find the Boot Drive sometimes and not others (The disks are not faulty), I perhaps don't fully understand how SATA operates, and, Is this the solution or a fix that masks another problem. I have had no further problems to date.

A:Sata Hard Drives and Vista Operating System

Hi Norm,

When you rearranged your drives, did you disconnect the cables from them whilst you were doing so? It is possible that you didn't connect the drives back to their original port on the motherboard when you wired them back up. Check this, and also check that all cables are securely fitted.

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I have searched all over the internet, but I still haven't figure this out.
I'm having a laptop, with Windows 7 Pro 32bits installed, and I would like to install a second hard disk in the place of the DVD-RW (I will buy an extension slot, it exists). The second hard drive already have Windows7 Pro 64bits, with everything installed for the computer, but at the moment I am changing them each time I need to boot the other and is very annoying.

I would need to know, how could I set the hard disks that, when I will chose from BIOS to Boot from Hard Disk HDD0, to boot from it with no issues, and to have the other hard disk (HDD1 maybe), deactivated, and not available in Windows.
And when I need HDD1, to set from BIOS to boot from it, and also, to have in the second windows, the HDD0 unavailable.

Also, it is not possible to change anything on HDD0, neither its location. I can do whatever I want with the HDD1.

I need this complicated thing because I use one of the hard disks for work, one for home, and I would like to don't mix things up. And it is very difficult to get around with to laptops.
Both HDDs have 2 partitons.

Thank you in advance!

A:2 Hard Drives, 2 Operating system, Separate boot

No answer?
Is it impossible to make it work somehow?

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hi. i have 2 hard drives. and and windows xp home one each one of them. how do i uninstall one of them without causing problems with the other operating system.

A:How do i Uninstall one operating system with multiple operating systems

could format one drive from another...take all data needed from one to another

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Hello Everyone

I'm using windows xp media Amd64 3800. 2.4ghz
And I have two hd both are 250 gb my memory is 2gb of ram

I'd like to use both os vista and windows xp but i don't know how to do it.
Any suggestions,instructions? Maybe someone already made same post.
Thanks a lot for your time..

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Hi, I just started using my home PC and the Operating System running on it is Windows Vista Starter - is there anyway that I can upgrade this . . . maybe to just normal Windows Vista
Help please

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I frequently get the message. xprt6.dll not found. This is used to open some programs. The note says to reload the application but I don't know where it came from. Tried using RegCure to scan my computer and fix problems but RegCure had to be registered to work. I again got the message xprt6.dll not found. So this precluded my fixing the problem with regcure. What program created this and how can I fix it?


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i installed windows 2000 over windows xp pro .now i have the option of using ethier one .but what i woul like to do is take out the xp could some one help

A:two operating systems

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From the moment I purchased my new laptop, it's been incredibly slow. It acts like there are multiple operating systems on it.. Is this possible? I'm a little suspicious about it.. It's almost like they made the computer with XP, then added Vista last minute on top of it.. or maybe vista is just ******.

Either way, my computer has been acting ridiculous lately, and I'm worried something has snuck onto it.

Also.. when it comes to getting rid of Vista.. is there an easy way to do that? Backing up files, uninstalling, etc.. I'm assuming no, but it doesn't hurt to ask...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:29:21 PM, on 5/17/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16643)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Utilities\VolControl.exe
C:\Program Files\Canon\MyPrinter\BJMYPRT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\VPTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\ONENOTEM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynToshiba.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqSTE08.exe
C:\Windows\system32\tasken... Read more

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I recently posted the following on another site and didn't get and helpful responses, so I'll try here (note: it involves both Vista and 7).


I'm having trouble installing both Windows Vista x64 and Windows 7 x64. With Vista, I can boot and make it to the desktop, but shortly thereafter I have weird graphics glitches and the screen basically becomes unusable and I have to manually reboot (it does this on each subsequent restart, as well). Additionally, the audio from my Logitech S220 is all garbled and that's a problem as well.

With Windows 7, I can't get past the "Starting Windows" splash screen -- it just freezes there.

I've heard that I should remove a stick of RAM (I have 2x2GB sticks...I heard it needs to be 3 GB or less...don't quote me on this) on install and insert it after...here's my system:

- Dual boot Windows Vista SP2 / Windows 7 7600.16385 (both x86, obviously)
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e @ 2.6 GHz
- 4 GB DDR2 RAM @ 667 (I believe)
- Ultra 500W PSU
- Hitachi 250 GB HDD / WD 640 GB HDD
- Acer Aspire M1100 desktop
- Acer F690GVM mobo w/ 10/10/2007 BIOS revision
- Acer X183H monitor

If anyone could help it'd be much appreciated. Please note I haven't tried removing a stick of RAM and installing yet; but if that's the only way let me know (I find that weird, but, hey, whatever works I guess).

Also, FWIW, Windows says I can run 64 bit (in the print scores section of the WEI).


A:Regarding 64 bit Operating Systems

Hi jshimmy and Welcome to the forums.
You can use this tutorial to dual boot windows 7 with vista.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

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I need help

I have Win XP Pro and i would like to install Linux 8.1 as well. I have only one hard drive though a 60gig one how do i install Linux but still have win xp pro???
Please Help me,


Oh and by the way id like to figure this out before April 12/03 because im going to hawii for 11 days and i want this all done before i go if possible!!

My Computer

Celeron 400mhz
Win Xp Pro
256mgs SDRAM

A:How Do I Run 2 Operating Systems??

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Please help me out here. I recently reformatted my machine and for some reason the first time i put in the recovery cd to reformat it installed windows instead of reformat. Then I put the cd in a second time and my computer was reformatted and installed windows a second time. So when i start up my computer it gives me a choice to start one of two operating systems of windows xp. Any ideas on how i can get rid one version without reformatting again. It is annoying having to choose one version every time. If you need more info or a better explanation just say so and i'll try my best. Thanks

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do you know what "maconastick" is? its portable mac OS, well does anyone know where a portable windows OS is? i need one for my const class, they have macs and i dont like apple...
thanks for any\all help, this will help me out alot

A:operating systems

I s this what you need/http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-...R_SCC=100237323

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I have two hard drives currently hooked up to my computer. I am running windoxs XP on one of them. I have just recieved a free copy of Ubuntu from linux. I was wondering if it is possible to intall that on my second hard drive and have an option to pick what OS i want to run when i start my computer up.

A:Operating Systems

I would think so, unless the Linux package is specifying the installation drive to be the C: drive.

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recently i have tried to completely restore my whole computer, so i tried installing a my windows XP again so that it would write over our current operating system. when we put in the disk, it came up with 3 places to put it. 1 place had our old operatoing system on it, and could not be over writen, another we could not put it on. and the 3rd one let us create a operating system. how do i go about getting back onto my old operating sytem with my old files on it???

A:2 Operating Systems

Careful! Here is an excellent tutorial for that;http://lifehacker.com/software/windows/gee...atch-157578.php

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Well, my question is just that if i were to install 2 operating systems on my computer, how would i do it? would i just install the new one and press f8 or something at the computer start up to switch between them?

Thanks :0)

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Hey was just wondering whether it was possible to put win98 and winxp on the same hard disk without needing to partition the drive?

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Just wondering if it is at all possible to use an xp system to run a game, that specifically says 95/98? I know this sounds like a duh kind of question, but thought maybe there are plugins or new drivers I could use or something to make them compatible.

A:Using different Operating systems..

Yeah I think it's possible, I bought a game for my xp pro, says on the game insert "windows 3.1 or windows 95" pretty old stuff. Anyway, I think that might just be the minimum. Good luck

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I have a problem with 2 operating systems on my computer. I had to replace the hard drive and I could not find my xp disk so I installed 2000. I then found xp and installed it as a complete install not an upgrade. It is xp pro. Now when I start the computer it goes to a black screen asking which operating system I want to use XP or 2000. I want to get 2000 off and just run XP right from the start. Can I do it without reformatting and reinstalling XP?


A:2 Operating systems

U can Edit the boot.ini file.
Right click My Computer. Click on Properties. Click on Advanced tab. Select Start up and Recovery settings. Near the top right of the dialog box click on Edit and remove the OS you do not need. And set the time shown to 0 seconds.

You might also go into C: drive and check XP installation is in a WINNT folder, and see if Windows 2000 is in a Windows folder. If that the case U can also delete the Windows folder.

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A while back I had wanted my computer basically formatted but didn't want to lose some of my music and files. A friend had thought he could do it by re-installing windows XP and copying over some files or something like that.

But what has happened is that now I have two Windows XPs running on my computer. When I start up the computer a black screen comes up that says this:

"Please select the operating system to start:"

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

How can I get rid of one of the operating systems??


A:Two operating systems

Ordinarily, they have been auto-formatted into two different partitions on the one hard drive. If you know you don't have two partitions, scroll to the bottom of this post and step 2 is there. If you do have two partitions, or you're not sure, complete step one.

1.Go to:

Control Panel > Performance and Maintenence > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Now this part can get tricky. If you see only one parition then deleting it will obviously not work so scroll to the next step. If there is more than one partition read on. Do you have linux or another operating system installed on your computer? If so there may be more than 2 partitions. To distinguish Linux from Windows, look at the partition type. If the partition is NTFS then it is a Windows partition, if not recognised - a linux one. If not there will only be 2 and you now must distinguish which one you need to delete. Ordinarily you can't delete one of these because you are currently using it. Right click on the partition you wish to delete and press delete partition.

2. Now to get rid of the booting loader:

Control Panel > Performance and Maintenence > System

Then go to the Advanced Tab. There will be a startup and recovery box at the bottom of this screen. Click on settings, and then click on edit in the top box. There should be two Windows XP Home Edition options. Find the partition you just deleted and delete that line of coding. An alternative is to set t... Read more

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hi i have win xp on my pc right now i got a 98SE full cd and i want to put it on my pc. i tryed wipping my c drive i have c drive and a d drive. so i wiped the c drive put the 98 cd in but when i turned on the pc it said bootable cd not exist or something like that so how do i put 98 on a pc?

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I have an IBM Net Vista which crashed on me during a Winxp (Home Edition) recovery. It was a motherboard problem which IBM fixed. However my PC would not load XP completely and just froze when I booted.They are going to send me a recovery disk, but can not find one in Canada and are looking in the U.S. for one. My own "fix" was to put a Win XP Pro version on and finish the original Home Edition install from the I386 file. This worked (So far anyway) but I now have two O/S on my PC. How do I uninstall the Win XP Pro and also, will my Home Edition operate properly doing the install this way. I have tried installing Norton System Works 2003 but when I install, Win XP will not shut down. If I do a system restore everything is fine.
Any ideas on how I can get back to my original Home Edition O/S. I'm not sure when IBM will get me a recovery disk, but I need my computer up and running ASAP for my home business.
Any suggetsions on how I can install my original version of Win XP Home properly. I did not receive a Win XP disk with my computer (it was a pre-load) and the Win XP pro version should not be on my system.
Any suggetsions?

A:2 operating systems

unless you have a XP home cd, your not going to be able to repair it, just use XP pro untill HP get's off their butts and sends you your restore cd.. thats what is bad about these pre-loads, they save money because they don't have to buy CD's from microsoft, but the customer gets stuck with these P.O.S. restore CD's..

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I've just loaded XP onto a laptop which had 2000, it wouldnt upgrade so it left 2000 on the machine as well as XP.

I tried to play a game and it says NT doesent support the program.

so can you tell me how do I get rid of 2000?


A:Two operating Systems on one PC

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I was wondering if it was possible to install 3 seperate 320gb SATA harddrives (so not in RAID) and then install XP on all 3 and then triple boot?

A:3 operating systems

you would just have to configure the boot.ini to incorporate all the drives separately and state a boot wait time in order to pick your choice (pretty sure, not 100% sure though)

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I have 2 operating systems on my pc.I had to reinstall with acronis lately and now when I start my computer,it doesn't ask me which os I want.It chooses windows XP English.
Before the reinstallation The computer showed me both operating systems and waited 25 seconds for my answer.How do I reinstall that feature? Now,I can tap the space bar before it opens XP and I see both choices.I would prefer the way it was before.
Thank you.

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