Two instances of Win 7 on the same PC

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As a result of a painstaking process of restoring my system, which took a good part of the Christmas weekend, I now have two good copies of Windows 7 (on different drives). They both have the same name in the list of available OSs to choose from when the PC is turned on, and I need the second one. I would like to keep the other copy just in case, but make it a second choice so that the default one would be my main copy. Also, I would like to give them different names. How can I do that in Windows 7?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Go to Computer, Properties, Advanced, NAME tab and change the name.  You must restart after.

.... Thinkpads_User
To change the list of available options
You can boot the System to your Primary install, make changes that will reflect on the Current Operating System and then restart the System and select your Secondary System, type in the same command changing your description.

EG:
From an admin cmd line type

bcdedit /set {current} description "Robs Toy"

bcdedit /set {current} description "Robs W7"

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721886(WS.10).aspx
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easybcd offer easy to use GUI to edit the BCD (boot loader). it can edit the title, the default, timeout time and such.

Good luck (:
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Where can easybcd be found?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You suggest these are two copies of the same Windows 7 license. You need to be careful about keeping the on the same computer (Windows 7 goes looking around).

If you are going to have only one disk in the computer ar one time, then you probably do not need worry about boot options. I have the same thing, and in the event I need to use the second one, I just remove the first hard drive. No issues have resulted. .... Thinkpads_User

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The second instance will be used only when the first one is crashed. I do not think that this violates the agreement.
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I understand, but you still do not want those two disk on the same machine. I experimented with that and Windows 7 looks around for other disks. It might see the same license.

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