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Installing Windows XP to Same Partition as Windows XP

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Anonymous
September 5, 2005 1:34:12 PM

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Is there any reason why Windows XP cannot be installed to the same boot
partition as either Windows 2000 or Windows XP? I have a Windows 2000 box
I use at home that I want to start to migrate to Windows 2003 and Windows
XP. I don't want to upgrade in place because the Windows 2000 box has a
registry that is severely corrupted and I doubt it would make the trip to
the new OS intact. My preference would be to install both Windows XP and
Windows 2003 in parallel to Windows 2000, selecting the OS at startup via
the boot.ini entry. Will this work?

Does Windows XP require that the boot device be a "Basic" disk when it
installs, or will it see a "Dynamic" drive as well?

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Will
September 5, 2005 2:16:31 PM

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Will wrote:

> Is there any reason why Windows XP cannot be installed to the same boot
> partition as either Windows 2000 or Windows XP? I have a Windows 2000 box
> I use at home that I want to start to migrate to Windows 2003 and Windows
> XP. I don't want to upgrade in place because the Windows 2000 box has a
> registry that is severely corrupted and I doubt it would make the trip to
> the new OS intact. My preference would be to install both Windows XP and
> Windows 2003 in parallel to Windows 2000, selecting the OS at startup via
> the boot.ini entry. Will this work?
>
> Does Windows XP require that the boot device be a "Basic" disk when it
> installs, or will it see a "Dynamic" drive as well?
>

Install each to it's own partition. Don't know about the dynamic disk
issue, sorry.

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Anonymous
September 5, 2005 2:51:06 PM

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"Will" <westes-usc@noemail.nospam> wrote in message
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> Is there any reason why Windows XP cannot be installed to the same boot
> partition as either Windows 2000 or Windows XP? I have a Windows 2000
> box
> I use at home that I want to start to migrate to Windows 2003 and Windows
> XP. I don't want to upgrade in place because the Windows 2000 box has a
> registry that is severely corrupted and I doubt it would make the trip to
> the new OS intact. My preference would be to install both Windows XP and
> Windows 2003 in parallel to Windows 2000, selecting the OS at startup via
> the boot.ini entry. Will this work?
>
> Does Windows XP require that the boot device be a "Basic" disk when it
> installs, or will it see a "Dynamic" drive as well?
>
> --
> Will
>

It would work, but not very well. Problem is that they use some of the
same-named folders outside of the Windows directory. I've done parallel
installs as a troubleshooting/repair method, but long term, it's just going
to get messy and unstable.

Hard drives are pretty cheap. You're really better off getting another drive
and/or partitioning the one you've already got.
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Anonymous
September 5, 2005 3:16:10 PM

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Will wrote:
> Is there any reason why Windows XP cannot be installed to the same boot
> partition as either Windows 2000 or Windows XP? I have a Windows 2000 box
> I use at home that I want to start to migrate to Windows 2003 and Windows
> XP. I don't want to upgrade in place because the Windows 2000 box has a
> registry that is severely corrupted and I doubt it would make the trip to
> the new OS intact. My preference would be to install both Windows XP and
> Windows 2003 in parallel to Windows 2000, selecting the OS at startup via
> the boot.ini entry. Will this work?
>
> Does Windows XP require that the boot device be a "Basic" disk when it
> installs, or will it see a "Dynamic" drive as well?
>


There's no technical issue that stops one from installing two
Microsoft operating systems onto the same partition, but there should
be. Under normal circumstances, placing two operating systems in the
same partition is a recipe for disaster. A careful, knowledgeable
specialist can do this safely for a short period of time, but the
ordinary PC user had better be backing up his data hourly, as a
catastrophic failure is a matter of "when," rather than "if."


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Anonymous
September 7, 2005 4:46:02 AM

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Will wrote:
>
> Is there any reason why Windows XP cannot be installed to the same boot
> partition as either Windows 2000 or Windows XP? I have a Windows 2000 box

Yes. A good reason. ie, it will totally mess up your OS's.





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Anonymous
September 7, 2005 10:17:44 AM

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Hello, Will!
I think that everything will be ok, if you install XP on separate
partition.
Because when I tried the same (I had Win200and wanted to add XP), so I
accidentally install XP on the same partition and I couldn't boot to
Win2000 any more.
I tried to restore it, but couldn't. Now I reinstall everything:
Win2000 and XP on separated partitions. But recently, I've read there
is a program 'Acronis Disk Director '
(http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/diskdirec...) that
could hide the second OS on 1 partition.
I think it will be interesting for you.


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