window operating systems – dual booting

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Dual booting
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how to change between two operating systems in one system (ex. in C:drive Windows 7 and in D:drive window XP) with out restarting the system.

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You can’t.

Virtualization could help if you want to switch between OSes without restarting your machine.

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  • TomLiotta
    The question contradicts itself. Essentially, switching to a different operating system is the equivalent of restarting. Starting an operating system is what happens when a system is restarted. The virtualization suggestion is appropriate, but it gets around the question by having two "virtual" systems that you can switch between. As far as the two operating systems are concerned, they're running on two separate systems. Tom
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  • jinteik
    there is no way you can have both running..you need vm..
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  • Darkstar911
    if you are running windows 7 you can download the xp virtual machine for free. xp mode in windows 7. you can probably find the link from google on microsoft's website
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  • OwenAmbrose
    This website will give you the information you need on running XP and 7 together. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/ Install Windows 7, download XP mode and you can then run a virtual XP machine ontop of your 7 machine, with the ability to switch between the two.
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