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I've only ever heard the term "dual bootup" so i was wondering if you can get more than 2 os's on the same system.

Basiaclly I have windows xp 32 bit at present but I wanna get vista and mandrake/mandriva linux '07 64bit edition (for that amazing new 3d gui).

Is the fact that two would be 64 bit and one 32 bit be a problem?

Edit: A video of the 3d GUI http://corp.mandriva.com/webteam/2006/0 ... llo-to-3d/

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You can put as many OSs on your system as you like (or as many as your boot-loader can handle..which is probably a lot).

Each OS is entirely separate from the others...they don't share code or anything. They might not even see eachother on your harddrive.

Be careful while installing extra OSs that you don't format your disk...that would erase the other ones. Also, to make sure you don't lose any data while the new OS installs, defragment the harddrive before it.

Your distribution of Linux will probably replace the bootloader...when you start up the computer, you won't get the traditional Microsoft-installed "Pick which OS" screen, but it will be similar.

I may be able to help with Linux...I went through the process of installing and learning Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06LTS about a month ago. Although many distributions of Linux don't come with the 3d workspace stuff, you can install it as an upgrade to the GUI.

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Speaking of booting and vista...

Is there anyways you could get vista beta on a 256mb of ram computer? and would it be worth it?

anyways, yes you can have as many os's as you want, i'am not very knowledgeable when it comes to Linux, but i belive if you download Linux, than windows... The windows "choose witch os you want to boot" screen will work than.

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Speaking of booting and vista...

Is there anyways you could get vista beta on a 256mb of ram computer? and would it be worth it?

You need 512 bare minimum. I wouldn't try it, you'd cry.

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Since they're not connected in the computer, it shouldn't be a problem. If you're accessing shared program files on a special file storage partition from multiple OSs there might be some small issues, but not if you're just accessing data or if you're just keeping everything separate.

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