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How many Operating Systems Do You Boot


How many Operating Systems Do You Boot  

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  1. 1. How many Operating Systems Do You Boot?

    • Just the one
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    • 10-20
    • 21-30
    • 40+

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Windows XP Pro SP2 at both work (IBM T42) and home (self-built rig)... 1 is enough for me! Although I have been playing with Virtual PC 2004 lately with DOS and soon Windows 3.1 if I can ever find my old diskettes. I've been working on converting some OLD but proven aviation programs.



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[x] 10-20 -- Whew. too many!

Hardwired (host) OSes I run on my various machines:

Windows XP Professional SP2 RTM (32 bit)

Windows XP Professional x64

Windows Server 2003 Standard SP1 (32 bit)

FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE i386

FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE amd64

MS-DOS 6.22

DD-WRT (for my router)

OSes I run inside a VM:

*most of the above plus

Windows 2000 Professional

Windows 98 SE

Windows 95B

Various flavors of linux (at least four, change all the time)

OSes I run on boot-CDs

Windows 98 SE (just the boot portion)

DOS 6.22


Knoppix 5.01

DBAN Linux

*many more I just can't remember off-hand

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For you guys who boot 10+ - Do you have EFI or do you have 6+ Linux systems, which don't need a primary partition? Either way, it seems crazy :D

I have 2 - 3: it changes frequently (1-2 XP Pro, 1 Vista RC2)

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If you mean on one machine then I might have had close to 40 not long ago when I had various betas of Vista and most versions or each as well – Home, Ultimate, Business, BusinessN etc. At the moment that machine must have around 20 different OSes. But if you’re counting clones as well then it usually has up to 70 fully independent OSes all on their own partitions with just one boot manager. And several in VMware. It’s just a standard 3-4 year old x86 PC. Screenshot

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There is four 160gig drives there. 18 bootable OSes per drive is a limitation of my bootmanager.

There have been a few people in this thread saying they can’t run Windows independently from logical partitions. It’s true you can’t install to a logical without using the Windows bootmanager, but you can clone an install there and so free up the primaries, then use another boot manager. If you use a compatible cloning tool and bootmanager then all you have to do with NT is edit the boot.ini in the clone to point to the correct partition number, (normal cloning precautions apply with NT if the parent is going to be present on the system during first boot of the clone). With Win9x there is no boot.ini so they boot fine as is. You just need your bootmanager to hide the partitions before it.

You can do the required partition tweaks manually if need be.


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On all the various machines I work on...

Windows XP Professional SP3

Windows XP Professional x64 SP2

Windows Server 2003 Enterprise SP2

Windows Vista Business SP1

Fedora 8 64-bit

CentOS5 32-bit

CentOS5 64-bit

OSX 10.5

RHEL5 64-bit

I chose 10-20... :P

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