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    2 installed operating systems, a way to view the other?

    Hello all,

    I have XP and Hardy dual-boot. Is there a way to view the other OS from the one that is running? I have seen a lot of info about VirtualBox and VMWare, but don't want to re-install, just run the other.


    Any help would rock!

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    Re: 2 installed operating systems, a way to view the other?

    With Virtualbox and Vmware, you install an OS "inside" another OS. You cannot access operating systems already installed on separate partitions.

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    Re: 2 installed operating systems, a way to view the other?

    Quote Originally Posted by anchor1te View Post
    I have XP and Hardy dual-boot. Is there a way to view the other OS from the one that is running? I have seen a lot of info about VirtualBox and VMWare, but don't want to re-install, just run the other.
    Unfortunately, it can't be done as far as I know. If both operating systems were run side by side they would both be significantly slower.

    As you meantioned, certain people install Windows in virtualbox instead of rebooting.

    Sorry!

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    Re: 2 installed operating systems, a way to view the other?

    You should be able to view your XP partition from Ubuntu, just by mounting the drive.
    To view Ubuntu from XP, you'll need a program/driver called EXT2 IFS For Windows.

    These solutions are for data only, you will not be able to run programs on the other OS.

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    Re: 2 installed operating systems, a way to view the other?

    No you cannot view a second OS from within the first...

    If you want to run Windows in Ubuntu (or visa versa) the guest OS must be installed on a virtual machine running on the host os.
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    Re: 2 installed operating systems, a way to view the other?

    Oh well, was trying to get around the fact of booting out of Ubuntu into XP for work stuff. Thanks!

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