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Windows 7: 2 SSD - 2 OS - on 1 PC at same time, Possible?

14 Jul 2013   #11

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1

It doesn`t matter how many operating systems you have on a pc, it`s gonna show up on both monitors, there`s no getting around that, and what would be the point ?

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15 Jul 2013   #12

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It doesn`t matter how many operating systems you have on a pc, it`s gonna show up on both monitors, there`s no getting around that
What do mean with "Show up on both monitors, there's no getting around that"?

It's no rocket science. Boot to your host OS using extended dual display system. Launch vm, make it full screen on secondary display. Ergo, you have two operating systems running simultaneously, host using the primary display and guest vm the secondary display.

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... and what would be the point ?
The point? It's ideal for someone who needs for instance to run two different versions of Windows. A dual boot system is OK but for instance if I want to / need to do something with Seven, I would need to shut down the main OS Windows 8 I am using, and reboot to Seven, repeating this when done with Seven to return to Eight.

That's totally unnecessary as I can simply run both Seven and Eight at the same time, as told in my first post in this thread.

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15 Jul 2013   #13

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1

I was talking about booting each OS on each of the 2 ssd`s not a VM.

Even with a VM, you`re still technically only booting 1 OS, at least that`s how I look at it, and that`s what I meant.

The way I read it, he wanted to run 2 totally seperate bootable OS`s ( not a VM ) and have each show up on a different monitor at the same time, impossible, me thinks.
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15 Jul 2013   #14

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
So you want TWO Os'es (and not Virtual machines) to be running at the same time from a SINGLE computer.

Sorry mate but can't be done -- the only way this is "Sort" of possible is on things like IBM mainframes where the hardware can be split physically to provide two or more operating environments (SYSPLEX)

IBM System z - Parallel Sysplex

But we are a long way from that type of environment in the PC world.

And please note as far as VM's are concerned -- each VM is booted as a SEPARATE machine where depending on your HOST machine environment you can have from 1 - n active concurrently where n is any reasonable number.

Another reason why doing this isn't a good idea even if it WERE possible -- you'd need totally separate licences for each "Physical OS".

Often with VM's you can "Clone" a machine so it's identical "Virtual" hardware and in theory won't therefore require or demand new activations.

As I posted previously I often give Photoshop courses to up to 4 students at a time. For the next set of students I revert the VM's back to "pristine Virginal State". I only therefore need my 4 Windows licenses for the students and the Photoshop licenses of course.

I might have 10 or 12 students at various stages on the course (only 4 at a time) but by using VM's each student always has his / her OWN machine to run on at the level they are at on the course and I only need the 4 licenses.

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