GUIDE: Unlimited XP Installations on the Same Partition !!!!

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  1. Intuit

    Intuit New Member

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    I originally posted on this there,



    back in 2003. Not too long ago, I saw a user here quote that 'You can only install one OS per partition.' ; in reference to Windows XP.
    With my knowledge of the area, this simply not true ! :)
    So, any questions about it, post here and I'll be happy to try and answer them.




    In a nutshell, you can locate "%SystemRoot%", "%ProgramFiles%" & "%AllUsersProfile%\.." anywhere you want them! I have used this to split-up my installations like so...

    C:\Win510.A (equivalent to C:\Windows)
    C:\Win510.B
    C:\Win510.C
    D:\Win510 Users.A (equivalent to C:\Documents and Settings)
    D:\Win510 Users.B
    D:\Win510 Users.C
    E:\Win510 Programs.A (equivalent to C:\Program Files)
    E:\Win510 Programs.B
    E:\Win510 Programs.C

    I could've placed the directories on the same drive, but opted to place them on different drives to enhance performance. On drive E also, I've placed my %TEMP%, %TMP% & %MsDOSData% directories, as well as "PageFile.Sys". Program downloads are appointed to that drive also. My Media directory, I've relocated to drive C as "C:\Media510.A". Drive B, which is never used, has been "Subst.Exe" to the hidden directory "D:\Drive_B.Sub".

    Very efficient, data-safe, reliable and versatile setup... been proven and have been doing this for years now. ENJOY !!! The possibilities are ENDLESS !!! :)
     
  2. P07r0457

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    why the fuck would you want that?

    and no, that is NOT data-safe.
     
  3. Intuit

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    Why don't you try it before commenting on it. Reading the guide, will also help.
    Why the f* don't you get a vocabulary while your at it... prick. (eyes rolling)

    There are many, many, many reasons outlined in the precursor to the guide.

    Regarding your data-safe comment, the thousands that have read it will also disagree. I posted this in 2003. Do you strictly rely on SafeMode or SystemRestore as a backup ? DO you know how unwise that is ? (probably not)
     
  4. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    what he said ^^

    complete n00bs, and the general public rely on those for "backup"
    you're talking to the wrong crowd













    no wait, this is OT
    must be the right crowd!
    (myself excluded of course!)
     
  5. Intuit

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    AS I stated n00b, there are many, many, many reasons listed... n00b. (eyes still rolling)

    Why don't you pricks try critiquing constructively for once.
     
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    this thead proves you're a dumbass... AND you have only 36 posts.

    clearly you're the noob. :wavey:
     
  7. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    becuase 99.99% of the population who use windows will NEVER have that need
    .005% will have other, better ways
    .005% will have other, better ways and a plethora of other machines (like me)





    oh yeah, and enjoy data recovery when your drive goes tits-up
     
  8. Intuit

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    Wait... let me waste my time replying to your oh so original post.
    Nah... nevermind... already did it before. Probably at least 50 times already. :cool:
    Tell me, how long did it take you to come up with that reply anyway ?
     
  9. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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  10. Intuit

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    Ah, that's better. :)

    Actually, you're quit wrong. It's only five simple steps. You see, I have had over two years to receive feedback from the many people who have found it useful. There have been many a people who have lost their primary installation, only to have found that they had a standby up and ready to load. As I can see, you still didn't read the preface to the GUIDE. Rather than go on...



    You see, all this took place over TWO years ago. That's TWO years where people have taken the time to e-mail me. IT'S ONLY FIVE SIMPLE STEPS.
     
  11. Intuit

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    That's the most fucked up thing I've ever heard of doing. :wtf:
     
  13. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    step 1: insert cd
    step 2: run backup over network
    step2a: run install on d: drive (not d: partition)
    step 3: there is no step 3
     
  14. Intuit

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    You load a backup, you loose all changes since it was taken.

    I repair installations for other people often. 90% of the time, it's nothing as catastrophic as drive failure. Most of the time it's spyware and/or an infection of one kind or another.

    One thing not mentioned above (but is mentioned in the guide), is that you can use one installation to repair another. SO even though your primary installation may be down, you can use the secondary to load and repair the registry hives from the primary. You can even check MD5 checksums, catch and replace infected files. Why ? Because the two installations share no files. It's really, really great as a security measure.

    I've heard from people who have stripped their secondary installation so that it'll load and run games faster. There are just many, many possibilities for this.
     
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  15. Intuit

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    Hey... funny, funny avatar. The Soup Nazi from Seinfield(sp). :)

    Anyway, dejectors are few. Those that find it useful are many.
     
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    I don't get it. You are acting like you discovered this. It's been pretty well know for a long time how to redirect system folders such as program files. Installing a second copy of an OS to recover the first is certainly not a new concept.

    I mean, it's a nice guide and all, but I think you are giving yourself too much credit here.
     
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    Um, this still does you no good if the hard drive fails.

    Why not set up a better method...like another drive. Seriously, this is what RAID is for. HDD's are cheap now, so there is no need to screw around and clutter up a drive with multiple copies of the same OS. What do you do if a nasty worm gets in and infects EVERY copy of the OS?
    This is NOT data-safe. If I saw you doing something like this on one of my machines, I would rip you a new asshole for playing around with potentially sensitive data.

    BTW, stop trolling, your posts are inflamatory and thats a :nono:
     
  18. Intuit

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    It's from 2003. Not 2005. Show me where else you could've found this information in 2003, and I might agree. It would've saved me a lot of work then. So regardless, yes, I did discover this for myself. Now I'm trying to help by spreading the information. Others will try and act like they discovered this, but the date at the head of that post is as clear as can see. I tested my findings for at least a month before actually posting it.
     
  19. Intuit

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    I swear, you people do *NOT* R E A D. Ugh!
     
  20. Intuit

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    Ignorance is bliss, I suppose.
     
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    Dude, I did this with NT4-TSE installations in 1999. At work we did this with our training center in 2001 before we started using VMs. Customizing the setup to change system directories is nothing new.
     
  22. Intuit

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    Very good. Where on the net did you find that information ? I looked and looked and looked back then... but could never Google anything close back then.
     
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    Most of it is in the resource kit. SIF files are used to provide setup info for unattended installations. Also any NT4 server MCSE study guide has tons of info on unattended setups because the damned test was full of it.

    Again, it's a nice guide. Very simple and concise. A helluva lot better than using the Reskit book and technet to find all the info for someone who doesn't work with this stuff on a daily basis.
     
  24. Intuit

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    Actually no, I looked in the Resource Kits for Win2k... the specific info wasn't there... thought it was helpful at the time.

    Thank you for the compliments though.
     

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