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Old 01-10-2004, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Multiple OS's on One PC

This is probably a stupid question, but I'm going to ask it anyways. :-)

Is it possible to install multiple OS's on one computer? I'm saying maybe Windows XP and Windows 98. Or possibly XP and Redhat.

Thanks in advance for any help that anyone is able to provide!


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Old 01-10-2004, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks MicroBell! I have two more questions, though.

1. How do I partition my hard drive?

2. Do the operating systems have to be put out by the same company (ex WinXP and Win98) or can they be two seperate ones (ex WinXP and RedHat)?

Thanks again!

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Old 01-10-2004, 06:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Since Microbell isn't here right now , i'll say yes . You can put any combination together except mac..Hereis a lliitle tidbit of reading you can do first.
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Old 01-10-2004, 09:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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as long as you have partions or seperate hard drives you can combine any type of os you want. here is how to partion
well i could tell it to you but a guild would be better yes
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Old 01-10-2004, 09:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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and since we are contributing links here is a good resource:

this also might help also. ignore it if you find it confusing. basically if you dual boot win98/ ME and win2000/ winxp you should use FAT32 instead of NTFS so win98/ ME will be able to access data. its not neccessary in all situations, but its recommended:
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Old 01-11-2004, 07:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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let the os (*XP,2000) reside on an NTFS partiton - that way you get the performance and security that NTFS has for your o/s..

keep a fat32 partition to put your data on.
that way your data is available from everywhere...
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Thanks for all of the help, guys! All of the information that was posted has been lots of help. :-)
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Old 01-12-2004, 02:08 AM   #8 (permalink)
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a Redhat Linux installation can only be used on one of its own file systems. If you want XP and 98 I suggest using FAT32 so when you're using 98 you can still read all the data, otherwise if you have XP on its own use NTFS.
also if you want a Linux OS you can get Mandrake Linux and use it on FAT32

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