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Part VIII: Appendixes > Dual-Booting Do's and Don'ts

Dual-Booting Do's and Don'ts

How many operating systems can you fit on a single PC? Most people want or need only one copy of Windows, but power users, computer professionals, and software developers sometimes need to switch between two or more operating systems on the same computer. If you write software, for instance, you might want to write a program using tools that run on Windows 2000. But if most of your customers will be using Windows 9x or Windows Me, you'll need to boot to that operating system to verify that the program works as it's designed.

Installing two operating systems on the same computer is not for the faint-hearted. Pulling off this tricky balancing act requires a strong working knowledge of a variety of technical topics, including disk partitions, boot sectors, file systems, and the often confusing technical details of how drive letters get assigned.


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