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Two Operating Systems on one PC

 
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Mandara



Joined: 10 Feb 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:17 pm    Post subject: Two Operating Systems on one PC Reply with quote

Hi,
I have just purchased a high spec' gaming machine running under Vista Home Premium 64 bit to replace my old PC with WinXP.
I find that installing software and add-ons (Flight Simulator) in Vista is not very successful.
My qusetion is can I take the HD from the old PC and install it in the new PC?
In effect running two operating systems on seperate HD's in one PC.
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can have 2 operating systems on the same PC, but it's not as easy as you are suggesting. Firstly removing the hard drive from the old PC and putting it in to the new one may not work, and could be against the End User Licence Agreement (EULA). Windows has to be installed, this configures it for your specific machine, moving the hard drive to another PC is fraught with problems. If you have an OEM version of Windows XP (this is usually where it comes with a new PC), then the EULA only allows you to use it on the PC you bought it with.

Another issue you have, is that the computer will only be set to boot from one hard drive. You are talking about having 2 hard drives that will independently need to boot. Unfortunately, only one partition of one drive can be set to boot at once.

Installing XP with Vista already installed and dual booting it is possible, but not easy. Check out this link for details.
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Mandara



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
Your help was much appreciated together with the link to the subject.
Concerning EULA ,I might have a problem there so I will abandom this line of thought for the time being.
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