Solved Dual Boot XP. How do I prepare for dual boot?

January 1, 2012 at 06:06:33
Specs: Windows XP
We have two desktops, one old and about to crash, the other new. Both have XP Home.
I have partitioned the new desktop, imaged the old desktop, and installed the old desktop image onto the new second partition of the new desktop. We have XP licenses for both computers.
The 1st partition, the C drive, has the new computer's systems and files and the computer boots from it. We want to be able to use both of these computers on one desk-top.
The second partition is called Drive D. I can see files in both drives, and I edited the boot.ini file in the second partition to indicate partition 2 instead of partition 1.
Now how do I get the computer to boot with a choice of which drive to boot from?

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#1
January 1, 2012 at 07:17:48
Your question is poorly written & you didn't bother to list the hardware configurations, but there are a lot of reasons why what you're trying to do won't work.

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#2
January 1, 2012 at 07:51:39
I agree with Riider. You don't need two copies of the same operating system on the computer. If you can see the files and data on the D drive that you want to keep, copy and paste them to a new location. You can't reuse programs. You'll have to reinstall software. After you saved everything you want, format the partition again and use it for storage. You can also slave the old drive into the new machine and do the same thing.

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#3
January 1, 2012 at 08:19:02
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You cannot use the image until the drivers are updated. You will need to repair the system. To dual boot you will need to add a boot manager.

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January 1, 2012 at 13:50:41
I have too many programs on the old desktop, and for many, I have no idea where the installation disks are. I must be able to use both. My son has an installation, as I have described it, and I have seen it work. But I have not been able to reach him for advice.

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