sreilly

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  1. Windows 7 always uses a first hidden 100 MB partition as boot drive, no matter how many drives of the same HDD you install. You can find a wider explanation of all this here: HTH From a quick read I can say that this is not discussing a dual or multi-boot computer. Dual boot being two operating systems on one computer. When setup properly, you are asked which system to boot into. I had a computer in my observatory set to boot into XP Pro 32 and XP Pro 64. Now this did require a license product key for each install as they were two different OS. The question here is installing one operating system twice on the same computer using two bootable hard drives. On start up of the computer the boot.ini file executes and offers a choice of installed operating systems to start. I've had three OSs at one time installed, XP Pro 32, XP Pro 64, and Vista Ultimate 64. You, by default, have 30 seconds to choose which OS and if it times out, opens the default system.
  2. Hi sreilly! I have repeatedly installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits twice into the same HDD. I've also repeatedly installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits into a primary partition and Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bits into another one of same HDD for old programs compatibility reasons. I ialways activated happily each and every installed unit using the same legal key for both drives. HTH I guess I should clarify that the one Windows 7 Pro 64 will be installed on both booting partitions. One copy, one license, two bootable systems on one computer. Dual boot.
  3. The OS will be ordered with the parts. It will be OEM. I understand the license/product key but not sure this addresses the question of dual boot partitions using the same license on each boot partition. I would think that activation of both boot partitions would look like a re-install on the second drive. Steve I can't say I have high trust in my MS inquiry made this afternoon but Judy, in India of course, said that the license is good for one laptop or desktop so the fact that it is a dual boot one computer configuration, only one license is required. I guess I'll go that route for now and see how it pans out. I know that my other software won't have issues with this but I never know about MS. Push comes to shove, it will delay the shipping to the observatory by a few days. No biggie I guess but I'd rather do it right the first time and be done with it. I don't however want to buy something not needed. Thanks
  4. The OS will be ordered with the parts. It will be OEM. I understand the license/product key but not sure this addresses the question of dual boot partitions using the same license on each boot partition. I would think that activation of both boot partitions would look like a re-install on the second drive. Steve
  5. I'm getting ready to build a new computer for the observatory that is remotely operated. The owner has two imaging setups that share a common telescope mount. My thought is to build the computer as a dual booting system so he can boot into either imaging setup configuration. That said, can anyone verify if it's valid to use the same Windows product key for both bootable drives? My gut says it's one computer and only one system can be used at any given time. The image that MS sees is the same being the same computer. I'd rather this be done properly. I don't have a EULA in front of me to consult. Thanks, Steve
  6. I've been searching till my eyes hurt and can't find any post on this issue. I built a new system with dual booting XP Pro both 32 and 64 bit OSs mainly due to processing large stacks of astronomy images at once. The system uses Intels Core 2 Duo E6600 cpu, 8 GBs (2x4) RAM, Nvidia 7800GS video card and MSI P6N Deluxe main board. I have 3 - 320GB SATA HDs and a 500GB SATA installed with XP Pro 32 on one physical drive and XP Pro 64 on another seperate drive. The remaining two drives are for storage of image raw and processed data. With each seperate image file being 12MBs and the average finished image consisting of 60-100 image files, the need for more RAM than XP 32 can use required XP 64. That solved a lot of issues but now I find that no matter which OS I boot into, and although the drives are shared under each OS, I can't access any of these drives from any of the other 4 networked computers. What I have noticed is that when I boot into XP 32, default setting, C drive is listed as XP32 as expected and D drive is listed as XP64. This reverses if I boot into XP 64. C drive then becomes XP64. E and F drives remain named the same regardless of which OS I'm in but they are also blocked from the network. I've tried this without firewalls, without anti-virus and the result is always the same. Am I trying to do something that can't be done or am I missing something critical to accomplish this task? I'm totally stumped on this one but that doesn't take much some days. The data is backed up on external drives but I would rather not have them active when not being used to backup additional data. I sure could use some help on this one. Thanks, Steve