Installing Two Operating Systems
More than one operating system can be installed on single system. You can select the desired operating system at the startup of your computer. It is called dual-boot or multiple boot configurations. You can make your system dual-boot if you are using Windows® XP or higher, and can run Windows® 3.1, Windows® 95, Windows 98, Windows® NT 3.51, Windows® NT 4.0 and Windows® 2000 as the second operating system. The main use of having two operating systems is that you can enjoy the latest operating system and easily get familiar with them. After having the full information about the operating system you can permanently switch to that one. It provides a fair chance to conduct comparative study about the operating system. Moreover, one can evaluate and gradually switch over to the newer version while the other one can serve as a backup.
- Two operating systems will take larger space
- Chances of data loss during installation
- System restore points will be deleted
- Delayed booting
Two operating systems will take larger space
If your PC has a small size hard disk then you may have to suffer the problem of shortage of space. As the both operating system will occupy large space. Ideally both the operating system should be installed on separate partitions and you have to empty all the data from other drive. ‘C:’ drive is commonly used for basic installation, and for the second operating system you will need other drive such as ‘D:’ drive.
Chances of data loss during installation
Users can suffer from data loss on other partitions. Installation of two operating systems requires the other partition to be formatted before the installation. So, the user should be very careful while assigning the drive letter for installation.
As you install other operating systems, the system restore points will be deleted, so it advised that you should create new system restore point after the installation. It can also delete the backup data.
When you install two operating system in the same computer, it will slow down the system booting time due to different boot records for each operating system and the user has to select the desired operating system to load.