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Is it safe to install a second OS for dual booting when all I have is one logical drive

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I have a Win 2000 Pro machine with only a C drive.  I would like to install Win XP for dual booting on this machine.  Is it safe to do this?  Usually when I've needed to set up dual booting, I have a second logical partition I install the second OS on.
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by:sunray_2003
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It is perfectly safe to do what you are planning to do ..

First take backup of all your data in windows 2000. Better to write it out to a CD or DVD.
Then insert the windows xp CD and partition the hard disk
Install windows XP in the new partition

Then edit the boot.ini file to have dual boot at start of the computer

How To Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;311578&sd=tech

Check this aswell

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/administration/management/mltiboot.asp

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by:ABaruh
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Partition the hard disk?  No....

I want to keep my existing Win 2000 Pro system just the way it is.  I was thinking I'd just install Windows XP to a folder named WinXP rather than Windows or Winnt
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by:ABaruh
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So that Windows 2000 and Windows XP will both live on my C Drive
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Whether it is doable or not , check this message

One OS per partition
It’s important to install each operating system on a different partition and install the applications used with each operating system on the same partition as the OS. If an application is used with two different operating systems, install it on two partitions. Placing each operating system in a separate partition ensures that it will not overwrite crucial files used by the other OS.

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by:ABaruh
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I was assuming that was the case.  I have a second machine with 2 partitions that I will use rather than my laptop.

Thanks for your help.
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