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Why Multi-boot?

In today's world of numerous PC-based operating systems and amazingly low hard-disk prices, it's pretty tempting for users to want to experiment with different operating systems. With the proliferation of the Internet and its accompanying high-bandwidth needs, whole operating systems are available for free download via many commercial distributors' FTP sites. Aside from simple curiosity and experimentation, there are some good, solid reasons for needing to switch between operating systems on the same computer.

  • Many users use two or more operating systems because of application compatibility issues. Hardware support issues arise too: Windows 98 might have drivers for old hardware that Windows XP doesn't support.

  • Some users want to run specific applications or games in the most well-suited environment possible.

  • A developer might swap between Windows XP Professional and NT 4.0 to test application compatibility.

  • Web site developers may need to use different OS versions to see how their pages look with the corresponding different Web browser versions, such as a Linux-based browser versus a Windows-based one.

  • As an author, I need several operating systems functioning on a single computer to meet my testing and writing needs.

  • As a user or administrator, you might need a way to test out potentially destructive programs or drivers on your production Windows XP system before committing to running them under XP officially.


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