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How do I load two Operating Systems in a specific situation?

I have MS Office 2007. I m now purchasing MS Office 2010. I want to run both softwares, because of my requirement. What is the best possible way, from one of the ways given below. Or, any other better option.
1) I load two operating systems, like Windows XP and Windows Vista using dual boot, and load Office 2007 on one and Office 2010 on another. Or -
2) I load only Windows Vista, on this I load Office 2010. Then I load Virtual PC as Widnows XP on Vista, and on Virtual PC I load Office 2007.
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andossCommented:
I would definately recommend building a virtual XP machine on a Vista install.
Does it need to be a windows vista install?

Personally if i had such a requirement I would install Windows 7 with Office 2010 then i would install Windows XP mode on Windows 7 (basically a cut-down VM) and install 2007.

Have a read about Windows XP mode, you can set it up so you run Office 2007 from Windows 7 and although in reality it will be running it from the virtual XP machine.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows7/products/features/windows-xp-mode
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Both are viable options, but you might consider option 2 if you PC isn't really powerful and/or doesn't support hardware-assisted virtualization.
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andossCommented:
To go into abit more detail... you would install and configure Windows XP mode and install office 2007 on it. You can then create a shortcut to 2007 on your Windows 7 desktop.
Then you close the virtual machine and when you run the Office 2007 shortcut  the virtual machine starts up in the background (so office 2007 may take awhile to launch) but you only ever see Office 2007.
It's just like it's installed on the Windows 7 intall itself, no mucking around with a VM window etc.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Sorry ... I meant option 1.  Option 2 would be if your PC was powerful enough to handle running a decent virtual machine and supports hardware-assisted virtualization.
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sanjay-gandhiAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I guess this would help. I propose to buy Windows 7 also. I think I'll got with your option. However, I don't need simultaneous usage of the two softwares, but one at a time is required, so both must be available. Thanks again.
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andossCommented:
Yeah the advantage though of XP mode is that you can save the files in one spot, you don't have to worry about files you are working on being stuck inside a virtual machine etc.
I've just found it extremely useful for users want to run Windows 7 yet still require access to IE6.

Anyway thanks for the points hope you get it all going.
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BrianKeysCommented:
I'm pretty sure you can have both Office 2007 and Office 2010 installed on the same Windows installation if that helps. I've done it before and it worked fine for Word & Excel and but I think there was a few complications on Outlook that only let you run one of the versions.

Also, Office 2010 isn't a major update over Office 2007 and both use the same file formats so no issues with compatibilities. It's more of a cleanup release following Office 2007 which broke the mold, similar to Windows 7 being the cleanup of Vista.
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sanjay-gandhiAuthor Commented:
Well, BrianKeys:
If that is the case, then there is no problem. I only thought Microsoft does not allow Office 2007 and Office 2010 on same Windows (Vista or 7). I'll try this first, and take care that Outlook is from one Office only and not both. Thanks.
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