Two OS's on same machine?

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gskywalkers

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Is it possible to have two operting systems on the same machine and if so, what would I have to do to accomplish that? Right now I have Windows ME, however, I want to purchase Miscrosoft Front Page 2003 when it comes out this month but it wont run on ME so I am kinda being forced to buy and install XP in order to run Front Page 2003.

On the other hand, I spent over a week installing a personl web server on ME and I hate to just toss that down the drain as I use if frequently to test web pages that require the Front Page 2002 Extensions to make them work.

Any and all ideas will be appreciated.
 

gskywalkers

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No.....it is not partioned. I have two drives, a 40gb C drive and a 15gb D drive, neither of which are partioned
 

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Well, you have some options, including formating.......or you could use a partioning program like Partition Magic and make a partition on the larger drive, then install XP onto the same drive and dual boot......or you could put XP onto its own hard drive........
 

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There may be some freeware software too, but Partition Magic is the one that I would trust if you don't want to reformat anything. I just used it on a 120 gig drive and it worked like a charm.
 
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Couldn't you put ME on one hard drive,
and XP on the other ?
Dunno how you would switch between them though.
 

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If ME is on first, john, then installing XP would create a bootloader that would give you a menu on startup to choose which OS you wish to load. I've only installed to the same hard drive, but I would think that should be an option for dual hard drives.......
 
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Thank you AcaCandy,

Would XP create this menu with a choice,
if there were any other OS on the machine,
or just for ME ?

Do other OS's do that - create such a menu,
if there is another OS on the HD ?

Would ME do that, if XP were on first ?
Could such a menu choice work for three OS's ?

So much to learn, so little brains ....
John :)
 

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No, ME has to go first. I did it with 98, already had it installed, then installed XP on a different partition. Not sure about booting 3 operating systems, I know I had a bad install of XP on one partition and it gave me two XP choices and one 98 choice.

And yes, XP creates the menu.
 

gskywalkers

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Thanks AcaCandy......more than enough for me to look at tonight :) I imagine before I get this all done, I will be back !!!!!
 
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Also keep in mind the relationship between FAT32 and NTFS. NTFS can read files on a FAT32 partition, but not the other way around. If you never share a file between the two OS's there wouldn't be a problem, but this is unlikely.

This would probably mean that you would have to install XP on a FAT32 partition.
 

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Yes, another good point NH. I did mine on Fat 32 :)
 
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