9 unique instances of XP on 1 HDD

July 8, 2011 at 02:59:52
Specs: Windows XP, AMD X2 250 / 4GB
Multiple boot instances of XP
I am looking to have 9 different instances of Windows XP Pro that I can boot from on 1 HDD.
I have software that clashes with each other, so I need to install them separately. I have tried installing 9 different virtual machines and using which ever VM I need, but there seems to some slight hardware issues.

The machines I am running have 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, AMD X2 250 CPU, so they are more than capable of running the VM, but I was looking for a possible fix using the way stated above.

Is this possible, and when I boot from any instance of XP, will it automatically assign itself as drive C, or will each partition be assigned a fixed letter? Is this an issue for installing software, I thought it may have been as some software seem to have paths pointing to the C: as default, and I cant seem to override them.

Any help people?

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July 8, 2011 at 04:41:12
That's one of the craziest things I've ever heard of. You shouldn't and don't need more that one copy of any operating system on any machine unless they're different operating systems. Explain what software you're having problems with. Why are you running a virtual machine?

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July 8, 2011 at 04:52:15
Im running a virtual machine because of the software I am using conflict with each other, so they have to be separated by manufacturer.
It is automation software, and different manufacturers produce different software, and most of the packages don't like to run along side each other.
Also from a point of maintenance on the machines, it was easier to have lots of small VM's running software , so when an upgrade was released, I could replace the VM without messing with the whole pc, saving time and hassle.
So either running a load of VM's (like I currently doing) or having multiple partitions is the way forward

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July 8, 2011 at 05:20:36
If all the different software are designed to run under WinXP then they should not conflict with one another.

Why not just create 9 user profiles and install one software under each.

Seems like you are making things more complicated than necessary.

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July 8, 2011 at 07:26:48
Use Sun VirtualBox for virtualistaion. freeware

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July 8, 2011 at 10:01:24
Appears we have some conflicting concepts.

You don't boot a VM. You boot the host and run the vm from the host.
This is very different than having 9 partitions [3 primary and 6 extended] which you boot each OS.

VM's also have limits to how many you can run at one time

These days it makes more sense to run vms on a host OS instead of multibooting.

You can easily bring up and take down a vm.

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