As I pointed out in my IT Dojo post, "Remove Windows 7 or Vista from a dual-boot configuration with the Bootsect command", dual-booting is good way to test betas and service packs before committing to a new OS.
Dual-booting also handy for tasks such as the following:
- Testing software compatibility with multiple operating systems;
- Running software that isn't compatible with a new OS on a single machine;
- And for use technical writers, being able to take screenshots of multiple operating systems.
Yet, we're now able to adequately perform many of these tasks with virtual machines. I'm curious to know whether TechRepublic members are using virtual machines to perform the tasks they once reserved for dual-boot systems.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.