Can i have 2 operative system in 1 computer ???? Help me NOW, PLZ

Hi, Hola!  there.
I have 1 question. I have Compaq Evo 2.4 proc, 256M, 40GB, etc. I have operative system XP install in English. I try to install SQL Server 2000, - XP- its not accept INSTALLATION.
My question is that:- Can i install Win 2000 on same computer? Can i have 2 operative system such as XP and Win 2000 on SAME COMPUTER?
Its going to some conflits with this operative system.
Or anything i can download for to install 2 operative system.
Thank you very much and Mucho Karacis.
superkhanAsked:
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sirbountyCommented:
"If you have already installed Windows, and you have only one partition, you must reformat and partition your hard drive before you can multiboot.

You can divide your hard disk into multiple partitions, and each partition can function as a separate logical drive. For example, logical drives C: and D: can both exist on the same hard disk, but function as separate disks. You should install each operating system on a different partition. Then install applications on the same partition as the operating system with which you run them. If an application is used with two different operating systems, install copies on both partitions. Placing each operating system in a separate partition ensures that it will not overwrite crucial files used by the other OS."

However, you may be able to get around this with Partition Magic: http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/

Bueno Suerte!
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CluskittCommented:
Actually, I believe either XP and 2000 have the hability to work both on the same partition as long as you have them in different directories. I know because I had a harddisk, with only one partition, and when the board had to be changed the OS wouldn't start anymore (2k doesn't load generic board drivers!), so I dual installed 2k server on C: with a different directory. On booting I would have the choice for both OS's. Never tried it with XP though, but I assume it's the same.
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sirbountyCommented:
I would 'assume' the same as well, but as you know - there's the wrong way and then there's Microsoft's way!  :-)
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ShineOnCommented:
"there's the wrong way and then there's Microsoft's way!"

There's a difference?  hehe.

There's always more than one way to skin a cat.  To imply that the way Microsoft recommends is the only right way is WAY off-base.
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joeyohCommented:
why don't you get a mobile rack so you can have two OS in two different hard drives and no need to worry repartioning the drive...
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zlexx74Commented:
Just a reminder,

SQL only run on server.

As for multibooting, yes you can have 2 copies of OS on the same system.
But preferable not on the same partition.

sirbounty had already mentioned that you can use partition magic to repartition the harddisk then uninstall partition magic if you do not need it.

for the installation part just do the normal boot from CD way and install 2000 server on the new partition.

Some people might face problem where your old OS cant bootup after the installation but not very comman. I did not encounter that anyway.

If you happen to face that, just put in your XP cd and install once again. then it will ask you for a new install or repair after you select the XP partition. Choose repair and both you OS should be up and running after the installation without losing any files.

Actually their is easier way to do so using recovery console to amend the boot partition but I have not much confident to do so. So I normally let the repair option to do all the jobs automatically.

Hope this might give you some help...


Zlexx74
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ShineOnCommented:
If you want 2 (or more) OSes running at the same time, you could buy a virtualization product like VMWare.  It isn't cheap, but it creates multiple "virtual machines" on which multiple OSes can run simultaneously.  You could have Win2K Server, WinXP Pro, Linux and FreeBSD all running at the same time on the same machine.  You can even have one OS be a client to another OS with a "virtual network" and can have network and/or internet connection on all the virtual machines.

It isn't exactly cheap, though.
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dorkestraCommented:
I could be missing something here. But I have xp pro installed on my pc and it runs Microsoft SQL server 2000 just fine. what kind of errors are you getting when you try to install it on xp?
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