several WinXP in the same PC (booting completely independent)

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  1. nando_UY

    nando_UY Registered Member

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    Hello, i need to install two or more windows XP, completely independent and i want to boot each one, depending the user that want to work and modify the files corresponding to these installation only.
    So, i need to hide the non booted partitions in which the others instalations are placed
    I've defined 3 primaries NTFS partitions and drop images of one installed
    partition image (using True Image 9.0), but the most close to my goal, that i find myself is to share the same installation. ( ex: i created a txt file, and put it in the destop , when i boot another user, the file is in the same place !!!)
    How can i make the installation, to work the way i need?

    Thank you for your time, Regards

    P.D. I tried to do the same but instead WinXP, using Win98 and it works really fine..
     
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    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello nando_UY,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Software.

    Here is the basic scheme of actions which you should take to perform the desired hard drive layout:
    - Prepare your Windows XP using Microsoft System Preparation Tool (sysprep) as it is described in this FAQ article;
    - Create an image of the prepared Windows and then restore this image to both new partitions using Acronis True Image Bootable Rescue CD;
    - Boot your original operating system and add appropriate changes to the boot.ini file. Please take a look at this article describing how to edit the boot.ini file.
    - After that you can install Acronis OS Selector and use it as your boot manager software.

    If you have any further questions please feel free to ask.

    Thank you.
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    Kirill Omelchenko
     
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    nando_UY Registered Member

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    Kirill, Another time, thank you for your time.
    I tried everything , including that.
    Now, it is working, two independent OS, OK.
    Now, my question is...
    When i boot the A user partition , i can hide the B user partition
    but when i boot the B user partition, i can´t hide A user partition.
    I need diferent partitions, without sharing any information.
    Do you understand me?
    How can i do that?
    Regards, Fernando.
     
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    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello nando_UY,

    Most likely partition A is active for operating system B.

    Could you please do the following?

    - Download Acronis Report utility from http://download.acronis.com/support/AcronisReport.exe;
    - Run Acronis Report utility and select the "Create bootable floppy" option;
    - Insert a blank floppy disk in the floppy drive and proceed with creating the bootable diskette;
    - Boot the computer under consideration from this diskette and wait for report creation process to complete;
    - Send us the report.txt file from the floppy disk.

    This would provide us with detailed information on the hard disk partition structure.

    Please submit a request for technical support. Provide the files and information collected in your request along with the step-by-step description of the actions taken before the problem appears and the link to this thread. We will investigate the problem and try to provide you with the solution.

    Thank you.
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    Anton Sherkhonov
     
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