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Multi booting/dual

By runescape
Aug 18, 2008
  1. i have windows xp professional sp2 and i have also have windows xp professional sp3 on disk and i read on sites that you cannot install two of the same type so can i install windows sp3 on my second hard drive so i can multi boot or will it replace the
    sp2? also i have 2 hard drives ,my local {c:} and another one called data {d:}and sometimes i just save stuff on my d: when my c: has got alot stuff; also if i do install sp3, when i go to my computer i have c: and d: but if i install sp3 (if i do) on d: will i stilll be able to see c: and d: like normal

    if its hard to understand reply here with a question and i will answer it if its anything to do with this.
    thank you

    a quick summarise---------

    is it possible to mulit boot with windows xp pro sp2 and windows xp pro sp3?

    btw i have 2 hard drives so i wont install on the same volume
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes

    And then you need a BootManager
     
  3. runescape

    runescape TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    whats a boot manager?

    ive never heard of 1 before and where do i get 1?do i buy it or download it?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    You are going to think that I'm stirring you up, by I have to go !
    So don't take that the wrong way (please)

    Anyway, just install Xp in a new folder (or drive)
    And the boot.ini file will automatically set up the boot config file
     
  5. Kijana

    Kijana TS Enthusiast Posts: 60

    Start the installation of XP normally, but instead of upgrade, choose new installation, make sure you dont overwrite/replace the existing c:\windows folder,so you have to choose another installation folder, i.e. d:\windows. Setup will continue to install in drive d: and the boot.ini file will be configured automatically.
     
  6. runescape

    runescape TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    where do i get a boot manager?

    where do i get a boot manager??? and what is it??
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    The file "Boot.ini" will be automatically created if you install Windows in another folder
    When you boot up, you can then select the Operating System that you want to start with (that's basically the "boot manage" (although there are 3rd party ones too)
     
  8. runescape

    runescape TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    is it alright to go on ahead...

    so is that it and then il be able to 'multi boot' , are you sure its safe?
    will my computer crash or anything what about the RAM and anti virus softwares?
    and also how the hell can i boot with 2 windows xp professional will it say ; when i start up


    boot screen...

    WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL
    WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL
    WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION(if i did have it)
     
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes, basically it will say:

    Depending upon where you install it (Folder; or Drive; or another Partition)

    Yes

    Ram will be using the same amount of resource as right now
    Antivirus will need to be installed again
    Crash: Well you need to load all your drivers (Sound Video etc)
    And you will need to update MS security Updates
    Just like a normal Windows install
     
  10. runescape

    runescape TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    thanks

    your the only 1 who answered all my questions and helped me, you have to be the best mod here.:p
     
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

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