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By GuruOfDos ·
I'm reasonably familiar with the concept of 'dual booting'. I have a PC that boots W3.11/Dos6.22 and 9x, as well as another that dual boots W95 and W98.

I want to do the following. Dual boot to two identical operating systems...well, NEARLY identical. As part of an upcoming project, I have to demonstrate our simulator systems around the UK and other places in Europe and Africa (French/Arabic speaking). I have a 'demo and development' system running Windows XP Professional (English), and I have a spare hard disk with Windows XP Professionel (French...hence the spelling of 'Professionel'!). At the moment I am having to physically swap disks for different languages, which means any tweaks I make in one set of software then have to be implemented in another. I can't even install two drives and swap them in the BIOS because the system is fited in a Mini ITX with only one 3.5" drive bay (case dimensions 24cm x 20cm x 5cm....and it's then installed mechanically in the simulator flight-case!).

Can anyone tell me - Is it possible to have dual boot on one drive with an option to boot to French XP or English XP. As many of the files (drivers, dll's etc) are going to be doubled up between versions, it seems an awful waste of space (and an IDE channel with the computer on the bench and the lid ripped off) to use two drives.I'm not talking regional settings or keyboard layouts....I'm talking the WHOLE OS!!!

Perhaps some Canadians out there may be able to help...perhaps there's a 'Canadian' XP Pro that supports this feature implicitly...although I'd prefer British English to US English!!!

Any clues??

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by Gigelul In reply to Dual Boot Question

Maybe two partitions, each with a different OS.

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by GuruOfDos In reply to Dual Boot Question

I had thought of that, but then I'd still have the problem of a C Drive and a D drive and having drivers,dll's, common files etc. installed on both. Not only that, but two sets of 'Profram Files' folders'. As the simulator software uses VB, I'd thenneed all the dlls and common files in the \windows\system folder and again I'd be doubling up. There would also be an issue with paths for the simulator software!

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by TheChas In reply to Dual Boot Question

Yes my friend, you can have 2 sessions of XP loaded onto 1 hard drive.

You will not save any drive space, as you will need to install the second session in a different folder.

You may also run into a few issues that I know you can deal with, as a few folders are constant even with a different target folder for the session.

You would be better off if you partitioned the drive into at least 2 drives. That way you avoid the potential for conflicts from shared folders between the 2 installations.

XP on it's own will set up in dual boot mode when you install the second OS.

Here are a couple of links to MS web pages that might provide a better option:

http://tinyurl.com/22z3

http://tinyurl.com/g18w

For what you are trying to accomplish, it may be worth it to get a copy of the Multi-Lingual pack.

Chas

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by GuruOfDos In reply to Dual Boot Question

Well Chas, you get the points! Two copies of XP would take up 3Gb each and the multi-lingual pack adds an overhead of just 150Mb to the installation (250Mb for Asian/Eastern languages). I looked at partitioning the drive into 3 and booting to eitherXP partition and hiding the unused one so my media library appears on a 'D' drive in either configuration. This doesn't get round the problem of transferring settings from one partition to the other, because changes to one system folder or Program files folder would have to be manually coped to another machine on the network, the boot partitions swapped, and the settings copied back to the active drive.

Why oh why can't I just go to a Microsoft reseller, or buy the Language packs direct fromMicroshaft?!!! I have to go and buy the full multilingual pack which includes XP pro for several hundred dollars more than XP Pro (Regional)!

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