Using multiple operating system in the same pc

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Hello,

I need some information. Is it possible to use multiple operating system on the same PC. If possible then will it affect the PC? How far the effects will be applied?

Is it beneficiary for the user? Please let me how it works and then give me some instruction about which operating system will be best for combination.

Dixon Chapman

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Using multiple operating system in the same pc

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Hi Dixon,

I will answer all your questions one by one:-

Is it possible to use multiple operating system on the same PC?

Yes, it is possible to install multiple operating systems on the same PC. This type of installation is known as "dual boot" configuration, where you can have multiple OS installed on the same PC. You can only use winxp, win Vista, win 7, Red hat Linux for dual boot configuration. Once you install multiple Microsoft OS on one PC you will get below screen wherein you can select the OS in which you want to boot your PC.

multiple Microsoft OS on one PC

If possible then will it affect the PC?

From hardware point of view It will not affect the PC as only one operating system will be running at a time. From a software point of view you have to install all softwares individually in each operating system. For example:- If you have installed Microsoft office in windows XP then you have installed Microsoft office again in win7.

You cannot use one software in both operating systems. However, you can access the file other operation system from another in case of windows-windows configuration because Microsoft uses the same file system for its operating systems.

In case of windows-Linux configuration you cannot access anything from another operating system because both operating systems use a separate file system which are inaccessible to each other.

Is it beneficiary for the user?

Benefits:- Don't have to buy separate computer. For example :- If you are using windows XP and now you also want to work on windows 7 you don't have to buy a new machine for that. You can install windows 7 on the same machine.

Drawbacks: – You will be able to use only one operating system at a time. You will have to install all the software twice. Before making the Machine dual boot you have to check if the existing hardware is compatible with the operating system.

Please let me how it works?

The only difference in the working is that in a dual boot scenario you will get an "operating system selection menu" and once you select the desired operating system it will work like regular OS.

Instruction about which operating system will be best for combination?

Except server editions you can combine any operating system.

Windows XP (Home/professional) – Windows Vista (Home/professional/basic/ultimate) – Windows 7 (Home/professional/basic/ultimate)

Windows XP/vista/7 – Red hat Linux/CentOS/Ubuntu

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Rahul Jadon

Answered By 0 points N/A #117136

Using multiple operating system in the same pc

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Hi Dixon, 
 
Absolutely! You can use more than one OS on your PC.
 
The main benefit is that you will save energy as well as money by running all the operating systems on one computer without buying new computers for different operating systems. 
 
One drawback of this is your computer may run slow because the system resources are being divided. However, if your computer has a powerful configuration you will notice it won't affect the speed difference. You must have a computer with free space in the hard disk to install the operating systems and good RAM to run smoothly.
 
The personal computers hard disks can be divided into two partitions primary and secondary. Each hard disk can have at most one primary and secondary partition that can use DOS and Win 95/98 Fdisk.
 
The secondary partition can be divided into a number of logical drives. But, using the OS/2 Fdisk each hard disk can contain a at most 4 or 3 primary partitions and 1 secondary partition.
 
Add a Linux distribution and enjoy the advantages of open source software which is a free and currently supported operating system This is an operating system that runs on earlier hardware than vista or Windows 7. 
 
There are a number of operating systems will be best for your personal computer:
 
Windows , Linux, Solaris, Novell Netware, Microsoft DOS and FreeBSD.
 
For further latest combination of an operating system please go through this URL.
 
Hope this solution will help you.
 
Thanks and Regards.
 
Pike Hayt

 

Answered By 0 points N/A #117137

Using multiple operating system in the same pc

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Hi Dixon,

As previously said by others, you can install multiple OS in a single PC and they have also discussed the pros and cons of using multiple OS.

There is also one other option. Using a Virtual Machine.

The benefits:

  • You can run multiple OSes simultaneously, unlike the first one where you need to restart or reboot.
  • You can run different kinds of OSes (Microsoft Windows and Mac OS) on the same machine since a Virtual Machine is not hardware dependent.
  • You can quickly remove an OS infected by a virus without compromising the main OS.
  • The downsides.
  • Runs a bit slower than the other method.
  • May become unstable when processing a heavy workload simultaneously.

Hope this helps.

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