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English XP and Japanese XP Sharing same Volume

I currently have a registered Japanese XP Pro installed and running various applications. However, there are sometimes problems installing and trying to run English only applications. Therefore, I would like to install an English version of XP on the same huge drive and be able to dual boot the system. Then I can install all English applications to the English OS and Japanese applications to the Japanese XP OS.

Based on what I read in the MS documentation it says two XP installations can share the same drive, but it didn't talk about foreign language operating systems.

I want to proceed cautiously so that I don't lose what is already functioning, and don't compromise my validated OS that is already installed.

This is a new machine with a Celeron chip and 250 gigabyte hard drive.

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as far as i know

there should be no problem, as long as you have more than one partition....

i.e. you can't install 2 versions of XP on the 'C:' partition



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Partitioning C drive without losing current OS

Can I partition my C drive to take advantage of the enormous free space to set up one or more additional logical drives, without deleting the current installation? I went to the Windows tool for such a thing and couldn't seem to trigger any partitioning after defragging the drive. Perhaps I have to back up the entire drive and then reformat and partition, restoring the back up file later? Maybe it would be easier to add a hard drive and install the English OS to that drive?

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There are programs such as Partition Magic which will do non-destructive partitioning. Partition Magic isn't the only choice, it's just the one I've used most, so is what I think of first.

Keep in mind that there's a small chance that things will go horribly wrong, so be sure to have current backups just in case. Nothing bad will likely happen, but best to be prepared if it does. It's also never a bad idea to make backups of important data.

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MS Documentation for Installing WXP

The following is a quote from the documentation file that came with the OS. The last sentence makes me feel that it is possible even having only one drive letter (C).

"If you have only one volume on your computer, you have to reformat and repartition your hard disk to contain multiple volumes before you begin creating a multiboot configuration, unless you are simply installing another copy of Windows XP."

Another reason that I feel this is possible is that when I installed XP on the wife's computer a long time ago, I screwed up and had to reinstall it and thought it would simply replace the one I screwed up on, but it simply created another Windows folder and gave me an automatic dual boot configuration. I'm just not sure the Japanese and English Operating Systems would be compatible. Thanks for your comments.

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if they were 2 XP installs of the same language

i would agree, but it would seem to be 'the right thing to do' to install the second language in a seperate partition...



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