Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Maybe you installed a brand new hard drive in your laptop or desktop computer, or maybe you just got tired of your old setup and wiped your drive clean intentionally . . . or perhaps you were one of the unfortunates who succumbed to a malware infection that left you no alternative. Regardless of the reason, you now have the chance with a new or cleaned drive to set-up multiple operating systems on your hard drive.
There are many ways to do this, however the followiing steps represent the easiest and most trouble-free results no matter which multiple OS combination you decide to try.
You will either need 1) Access to an Internet connected computer with a working CDROM with Write capability and a blank CDR or CDRW . . .
-- OR --
2) A Live CD copy of Parted Magic (my personally recommended partition solution. Its totally free, open source, and a useful tool to rescue data, format a hard drive, USB and more) You can get the latest version of Parted Magic using the following URL:
http://partedmagic.com/download.html The download is available for either a bootable USB Flash Drive or CDROM.
Make sure your computer's start-up is set to boot first from either USB or CDROM (whichever you are using) Parted Magic will load into your system memory and eject the CDROM when complete.
Set the size of your Partitions according to your preference and/or space requirements. Remember to use NTFS or FAT32 as the disk format for any partitions intended to hold Windows operating systems . . . HFS+ Mac Systems. For the sake of this How-To, we are going to make 2 separate "Primary NTFS" partitions of equal size. Once you have set-up and applied your hard drive partition instructions, you can insert your Windows installation (or other OS media) into the CDROM or DVD drive and reboot the machine.
You should be able to follow the normal installation instructions from the install media. Just remember to install each operating system on a separate partition.
Once thing to remember with Windows operating systems: In order to make sure the bootloader gives you the correct options on which Operating System you wish to boot to, its best to always install the most RECENTLY released version of Windows FIRST. For example, on a dual install of Windows XP and Vista, perform the Vista installation first for best results.
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