How can I make two separate computers?

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On my computer, I have two installations of Windows XP: one on Drive C, the other on Drive D. All drives on the computer are visible to both installations. I'd like to limit visibility of some of my drives to specific installations, each of which will act like a "separate computer". In short, how I can make two separate "computers" by using Windows XP on one computer?

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How can I make two separate computers?

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Hello Bipon, 

This is difficult. Although you can hide drives, the files will never be hidden. My suggestion is to use one installation per physical computer. It is easy to operate and less risky.

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How can I make two separate computers?

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This a tough question. The only way I can think of to hide certain folders or drives from the other WinXP is to use a folder hiding utility. One such freeware application is WinMend Folder Hidden (http://www.winmend.com/folder-hidden/). Just install it on both Win XPs. Boot up on the first WinXP, setup WinMend and set the folders or drives that you want to hide from the other operating system. Boot up on the second WinXP, setup WinMend there and set the folders or drives that you want to hide from the first WinXP. Just don't lose the password(s).

Another option you can consider instead of dual-booting, is to try using a virtual machine. You just need to set up 1 main operating system (such as Windows XP). You then install and download VirtualBox or VMware and install another operating system (such as your 2nd Windows XP) as a virtual machine. You can then have 2 or more separate computers all running at the same time! You have the option to share folders between the virtual machine and the main operating system but by default, the virtual machine and the main OS will have independent file systems.

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