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I need to set up the option to boot from two different hard drives. Both of the hard drives have Windows XP Home SP3. I would prefer thatr someone logs in on that computer and does it for me

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No ones will be able to login and set that up for you on here, you can google "dual booting" and their is many guides out on the web for this. I still refrer to them myself sometimes and I've done it probably 2 dozen times.

The easiest way is to just install each OS to it's own drive, the second install on the second drive will reconfigure the bootloader itself.
after it finishes the instalation it will give you an option dialog box for 30 seconds before windows to select which OS you want to boot up.
Also if your bios has a boot option menu you can manually select each drive by entering that menu each time you boot up. That will allow you to have both installations as C: rather than 1 being C: and the seconds as D:
just plug in only the drive you want windows on during that install and then unplug it and plug in the 2nd drive and install to that one. Make sure the PC is powered off during the drive switches though.
After this is finished connect both drives back up and power on, enter the boot menu and choose which drive to boot from. Simple. but your bios has to support this.

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