Dual Boot XP Pro / XP Pro lol

November 30, 2008 at 23:10:11
Specs: Windows XP, AMD 5000+ / 2GB
Hey, I'm wondering if it's possible to dual boot with 2 Windows XP Professional, from the SAME OEM disk...

Say like, you have 2 HD's, the OEM is supposedly only allowed to be installed on one computer, so can we install it on two different harddrives in the same computer? lol

if so, how would I do this? Just partition the 2nd HD NTFS and put the cd in, reboot comp and install? Will it create the dual boot menu for me?


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#1
December 1, 2008 at 00:55:10
You need to re-read your EULA.

I believe it says you can have ONE instance of the operating system installed on one PC.

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#2
December 1, 2008 at 08:29:11
I believe that will work but to what end? If you have a failure with one instance the other probably won't boot. You would need to install all programs twice.

If you are thinking that would be insurance then rethink. Better to image the boot partition and use that to restore if something goes wrong.


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#3
December 1, 2008 at 08:51:41
You can run two OEM installs on the same machine under the premise of you will only boot into one at a time.

Now if you were to run both at the same time like one as host for a virtual of the 2nd install that would be in violation of the EULA and you would need a second license to be legal.

You would boot the xp cd and run install on the first drive. Once complete you would run it again but point it to the 2nd drive.

Understand if your first drive dies you will lose access to the 2nd drive boot. You will also not be able to put the second drive as first and expect it to work. It won't boot and it won't load until after a repair install.

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#4
December 1, 2008 at 11:25:27
In theory you can, as u said, u have XP Pro installed on 1st HDD already. now from within desktop, insert XP CD, from setup menu, choose clean installation, since the system assumed there's no space left on c:/, u will have to install XP on second partition, which is your 2nd HDD. once installation completed, u have the opt to select which partition(s) to boot from, something like MS WINDOWS/MS WINDOWS. But you will need to reinstall all apps n drivers on 2nd HDD as well

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#5
December 1, 2008 at 13:40:05
"u have the opt to select which partition(s) to boot from"

You can only boot from the first drive and first primary partition. If you booted from the 2nd drive xp would not boot since the 2nd drive does not contain the ms boot files [they are on the first drive]. If you booted the second drive, which when xp was installed was d:,since the system now sees it as on c: it wouldn't load since the registry contains almost 4000 entries pointing to d:.

If is always best to do installs from a cd boot not from an existing OS. The existing OS is doing the memory management. Better to let the install do the memory management.

Example of Oxymoron:

Person who is pro life and anti sex education.
Education is key to prevention. Prevent conception you prevent abortion.

Abstinence training clearly isn't working.


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#6
December 1, 2008 at 22:50:08
Thanks for the help guys, I was just wondering since I heard about a guy with like 100 installations of windows OS's and the first thing I thought was (10,000$, wow!) lol, but if you can do it legally with jsut one disc then cool, I never tried dual booting before and I like trying new things with computers so I wanted to attempt dual booting.

Anyway, so it's just that simple?
Restart computer with the XP CD, install it on your second hard drive/partition, done? I thought it would of been more complicated like editing registrys or such, I'll try it later today, thanks again!


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#7
February 3, 2009 at 20:15:19
Wanderer,

Are you sure about that license statement?
Where did you find that information? Microsofts forum says "The Windows End User Licensing Agreement requires a separate license for each instance of XP installed on a computer, so in a dual boot situation, you would need two completey separate licenses in order to comply with the EULA."

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/...

I'd like to dual boot my retail XP Pro on one partitioned drive but it looks like that would be illegal with only one license no matter how I use it?


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