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Do I need to format new partition on my hard drive to resolve this issue?

I have a company that I prepare taxes for using ProSystems (CCH) and there are two accounts. One is for the tax attorney and I am using his to do the 2011 taxes. I am using the company that he is overseeing to do the taxes for 2008-2010. I came in after a guy that was supposed to be handling tax compliance was not doing his job. Long story with too many details.

Anyway, I had to get a new laptop to do the work for this year because the old one I was using that the company owned was very old. I have everything on the hard drive and have a backup drive and some other contingencies to make sure I do not lose everything.

The problem is I had been using my own laptop for the old tax returns (the company knows and has signed off for me to access their server, use whatever means are necessary, etc.,

When I tried to log into the second account (both are via desktop versions of the tax program and not internet based because it is much easier to use this way) the tax program indicated that I could not have two different accounts existing on the same desktop.

My question is can I do a drive partition so I can add the second account under a different drive or will that work?

Details:

The program I am trying to use for two accounts is:

ProSystem fx Tax
Tax Preparation
CCH a Wolters Kluwer business

(I will have a second question to ask after this about the backup files in zip form that cause me problems.)

I am using a HP Pavilion dv6-6c14nr with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (I upgraded from Home Premium or actually just loaded Ultimate from OEM disk, not upgrading)
I have 8 GB of memory and an I-5 processor (what I was told).
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Michael-BestCommented:
"the tax program indicated that I could not have two different accounts existing on the same desktop."
" My question is can I do a drive partition so I can add the second account under a different drive or will that work?"

No that wont work as the program refuses more than one account, thus you will need a dual boot PC with dual OS and the program running in each OS
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NetRolller3DCommented:
Actually I suspect even that would not work, or maybe it would work, but not legally - this appears to be a licensing issue, the tax program is only licensed for one user.
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jlfcpa60Author Commented:
Thanks for the feedback. I do not want to do something that will be illegal. I will just continue to carry both laptops and use one for prior years and the new one for this year.
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Michael-BestCommented:
Just to clarify:
"and the program running in each OS"
This means you probably need a separately licienced tax program in each OS

The advantage of a dual boot PC would be that you need not continue to carry both laptops and use one for prior years and the new one for this year, but have both on one PC, just on separate partitions with their own separate OS & tax program.
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