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Windows 7: Local admin, part of a college domain..can i dual boot?

06 Jun 2011   #1

Windows XP SP3 32 bit
Local admin, part of a college domain..can i dual boot?

I want to install Windows 7 Ultimate on my college laptop which has XP SP3 and is part of the school domain. I am a local admin on my PC, meaning i can install/uninstall programs. Also every time i start my PC i am required to log in with a user and password as otherwise i can not start it.
My HD is divided into two partitions (C and D). Windows XP is installed in C and i was thinking of installing Windows 7 on D. Will this cause any issues with my college domain? Once i tried to change the domain and i was not able to log in in my PC anymore. I would not like to reach to that problem again
I did this on my home computer where i have no restrictions and i was able to dual-boot beautifully!
Please let me know if this can be done, and if yes what are some issues that i should be aware of.


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06 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

First things first; Does the computer belong to you personally, or is it assigned to you by the college ??

From what you're describing, it sounds like its theirs which means you should leave it alone and not tamper with it.

Having said that, ask your college IT department. They might be willing to help you out.
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06 Jun 2011   #3

Windows XP SP3 32 bit

It will be mine once the college is it is mine in a way. It just is part of a college domain due to some printing abilities and other stuff. I can get IT college help but not right now as they are on holiday.
The main point here is to leave XP untouched (with its domain configs and all the rest). If installing 7 on partition D can achieve this, then even the admins would not mind. I am 100% sure about this.
I would really appreciate your opinion on this matter
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07 Jun 2011   #4

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07 Jun 2011   #5


Even if you're sure they won't mind, this is something you want to consult the college IT professionals about. They will clue you to potential pitfalls we cannot be aware of.
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