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How many Operating Systems Do You Boot

How many Operating Systems Do You Boot   147 members have voted

  1. 1. How many Operating Systems Do You Boot?

    • Just the one
      49
    • 2
      44
    • 3
      26
    • 4
      11
    • 5
      2
    • 6
      3
    • 7
      0
    • 8
      2
    • 9
      1
    • 10-20
      6
    • 21-30
      0
    • 40+
      3

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So how many OS's do you boot and what are they?

i run 3

98se, XP Pro and Ubuntu 6.06

(yes i know that 40 is very unrealistic but there might be just one person who does boot that many)

Edited by awergh
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right now im booting vista and xp x64. but at other time ive had up to 5 at once...

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just the one, XP Pro, for me to messy with other OS's

tired it b4, just wound me up, but thats me. Dual booting is good for those who use it :)

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I use 4

1.- Windows 98 SE

2.- Windows XP Pro

3.- Windows Vista RC1

4.- Mandriva Linux 2007

And in the XP VMware other 5, 3 linux diferent distributions and 2 XP.

I need a life !!!

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Between my personal machines I boot roughly 10 OSs depending on the role and task. So I picked 10-20, but I doubt if I get anywhere near 20.

My faves:

Win2k

Win2k3

OpenBSD

Various flavors of Linux

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I always dual boot with two operating systems.

On the machine I'm using, its dual booting:

Windows XP Pro SP2

Windows Server 2003

On the other machine:

Windows XP Pro SP2

Windows 2000 Pro

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[X] just one

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I only use 1 OS at a time - Xp Media Center. When testing Vista, I just make a ghost image of xp and store it on a different partition.

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Windows XP Pro Sp2

Windows Vista RC2

Unburtu

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I cannot have more than 4 different *types* of OS becoz of the 4 primary partition limitation as i hav only one HDD :(

( why is such limitation ???, 512 byte mbr ?)

with 1 primary windows partition i boot XP, XP x64,2k3,

Vista need another primay partition otherwise (if in logical) it remap C: drive

linux dont need any primary partition if u use GRUB

so i install Ubuntu, SuSE & Fedora,debian

Then with another primary HFS+ use Mac OS X

the rest 1 primary partiton for any OS => for testing (if available -when vista installed in logical)

so total abt 8+

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I boot 5 OS :

1. NT 4.0

2. Win 2000 Adv srv

3. Win XP Familial

4. Win 2003 R2

5. Linux Centos

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Windows XP Pro SP2 at both work (IBM T42) and home (self-built rig)... 1 is enough for me! Although I have been playing with Virtual PC 2004 lately with DOS and soon Windows 3.1 if I can ever find my old diskettes. I've been working on converting some OLD but proven aviation programs.

Regards,

Dan

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[x] 10-20 -- Whew. too many!

Hardwired (host) OSes I run on my various machines:

Windows XP Professional SP2 RTM (32 bit)

Windows XP Professional x64

Windows Server 2003 Standard SP1 (32 bit)

FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE i386

FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE amd64

MS-DOS 6.22

DD-WRT (for my router)

OSes I run inside a VM:

*most of the above plus

Windows 2000 Professional

Windows 98 SE

Windows 95B

Various flavors of linux (at least four, change all the time)

OSes I run on boot-CDs

Windows 98 SE (just the boot portion)

DOS 6.22

DR-DOS

Knoppix 5.01

DBAN Linux

*many more I just can't remember off-hand

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Really, 10 or more? How much time do you spend on that ??? :blink:

For me, 2:

- Win98 SE

- WinXP Pro

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For you guys who boot 10+ - Do you have EFI or do you have 6+ Linux systems, which don't need a primary partition? Either way, it seems crazy :D

I have 2 - 3: it changes frequently (1-2 XP Pro, 1 Vista RC2)

Edited by wfunction
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If you mean on one machine then I might have had close to 40 not long ago when I had various betas of Vista and most versions or each as well – Home, Ultimate, Business, BusinessN etc. At the moment that machine must have around 20 different OSes. But if you’re counting clones as well then it usually has up to 70 fully independent OSes all on their own partitions with just one boot manager. And several in VMware. It’s just a standard 3-4 year old x86 PC. Screenshot

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wow what a lot of partitions what size disks do you have?

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There is four 160gig drives there. 18 bootable OSes per drive is a limitation of my bootmanager.

There have been a few people in this thread saying they can’t run Windows independently from logical partitions. It’s true you can’t install to a logical without using the Windows bootmanager, but you can clone an install there and so free up the primaries, then use another boot manager. If you use a compatible cloning tool and bootmanager then all you have to do with NT is edit the boot.ini in the clone to point to the correct partition number, (normal cloning precautions apply with NT if the parent is going to be present on the system during first boot of the clone). With Win9x there is no boot.ini so they boot fine as is. You just need your bootmanager to hide the partitions before it.

You can do the required partition tweaks manually if need be.

http://www.goodells.net/multiboot/ptedit.htm

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With 20GB theres not much you can or want to do.

WinXP Home good enough, with a 5 year old PC, reaching 6.

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