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    Hello,
    My computer has a few copies of Windows XP installed on it. I do this so that if the WIndows
    I am running starts to have problems, then I can just restart into the next install or partition of Windows and be up and running again fast.

    The steps I took to setup a computer like this are as follows:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Install Windows XP on the second partition (Partition D
    4) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    5) Boot into (Partition D and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    6) Use (Partition C; Use (Partition D in case of emergency (or problem with Windows on (Partition C

    I was wondering if I could simplify this by doing the following:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    4) Copy (Partition C) to (Partition D

    Can this be done, and how should I go about doing this?
    I have heard that this could cause problems with the registry, but I don't know much about the registry.

    Thanks,
    HandyAndy
    Time can fix anything.....even a broken clock. - Handy Andy

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    Hello,
    My computer has a few copies of Windows XP installed on it. I do this so that if the WIndows
    I am running starts to have problems, then I can just restart into the next install or partition of Windows and be up and running again fast.

    The steps I took to setup a computer like this are as follows:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Install Windows XP on the second partition (Partition D
    4) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    5) Boot into (Partition D and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    6) Use (Partition C; Use (Partition D in case of emergency (or problem with Windows on (Partition C

    I was wondering if I could simplify this by doing the following:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    4) Copy (Partition C) to (Partition D

    Can this be done, and how should I go about doing this?
    I have heard that this could cause problems with the registry, but I don't know much about the registry.

    Thanks,
    HandyAndy
    Time can fix anything.....even a broken clock. - Handy Andy

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    Hello,
    My computer has a few copies of Windows XP installed on it. I do this so that if the WIndows
    I am running starts to have problems, then I can just restart into the next install or partition of Windows and be up and running again fast.

    The steps I took to setup a computer like this are as follows:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Install Windows XP on the second partition (Partition D
    4) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    5) Boot into (Partition D and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    6) Use (Partition C; Use (Partition D in case of emergency (or problem with Windows on (Partition C

    I was wondering if I could simplify this by doing the following:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    4) Copy (Partition C) to (Partition D

    Can this be done, and how should I go about doing this?
    I have heard that this could cause problems with the registry, but I don't know much about the registry.

    Thanks,
    HandyAndy
    Time can fix anything.....even a broken clock. - Handy Andy

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    Hello,
    My computer has a few copies of Windows XP installed on it. I do this so that if the WIndows
    I am running starts to have problems, then I can just restart into the next install or partition of Windows and be up and running again fast.

    The steps I took to setup a computer like this are as follows:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Install Windows XP on the second partition (Partition D
    4) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    5) Boot into (Partition D and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    6) Use (Partition C; Use (Partition D in case of emergency (or problem with Windows on (Partition C

    I was wondering if I could simplify this by doing the following:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    4) Copy (Partition C) to (Partition D

    Can this be done, and how should I go about doing this?
    I have heard that this could cause problems with the registry, but I don't know much about the registry.

    Thanks,
    HandyAndy
    Time can fix anything.....even a broken clock. - Handy Andy

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    Hello,
    My computer has a few copies of Windows XP installed on it. I do this so that if the WIndows
    I am running starts to have problems, then I can just restart into the next install or partition of Windows and be up and running again fast.

    The steps I took to setup a computer like this are as follows:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Install Windows XP on the second partition (Partition D
    4) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    5) Boot into (Partition D and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    6) Use (Partition C; Use (Partition D in case of emergency (or problem with Windows on (Partition C

    I was wondering if I could simplify this by doing the following:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    4) Copy (Partition C) to (Partition D

    Can this be done, and how should I go about doing this?
    I have heard that this could cause problems with the registry, but I don't know much about the registry.

    Thanks,
    HandyAndy
    Time can fix anything.....even a broken clock. - Handy Andy

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    Hello,
    My computer has a few copies of Windows XP installed on it. I do this so that if the WIndows
    I am running starts to have problems, then I can just restart into the next install or partition of Windows and be up and running again fast.

    The steps I took to setup a computer like this are as follows:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Install Windows XP on the second partition (Partition D
    4) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    5) Boot into (Partition D and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    6) Use (Partition C; Use (Partition D in case of emergency (or problem with Windows on (Partition C

    I was wondering if I could simplify this by doing the following:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    4) Copy (Partition C) to (Partition D

    Can this be done, and how should I go about doing this?
    I have heard that this could cause problems with the registry, but I don't know much about the registry.

    Thanks,
    HandyAndy
    Time can fix anything.....even a broken clock. - Handy Andy

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    Hello,
    My computer has a few copies of Windows XP installed on it. I do this so that if the WIndows
    I am running starts to have problems, then I can just restart into the next install or partition of Windows and be up and running again fast.

    The steps I took to setup a computer like this are as follows:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Install Windows XP on the second partition (Partition D
    4) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    5) Boot into (Partition D and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    6) Use (Partition C; Use (Partition D in case of emergency (or problem with Windows on (Partition C

    I was wondering if I could simplify this by doing the following:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    4) Copy (Partition C) to (Partition D

    Can this be done, and how should I go about doing this?
    I have heard that this could cause problems with the registry, but I don't know much about the registry.

    Thanks,
    HandyAndy
    Time can fix anything.....even a broken clock. - Handy Andy

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    Hello,
    My computer has a few copies of Windows XP installed on it. I do this so that if the WIndows
    I am running starts to have problems, then I can just restart into the next install or partition of Windows and be up and running again fast.

    The steps I took to setup a computer like this are as follows:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Install Windows XP on the second partition (Partition D
    4) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    5) Boot into (Partition D and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    6) Use (Partition C; Use (Partition D in case of emergency (or problem with Windows on (Partition C

    I was wondering if I could simplify this by doing the following:
    1) Create 2 partitions on the hard drive. (Partition C: and Partition D
    2) Install Windows XP on the first partition (Partition C
    3) Boot into (Partition C and install my all my programs, such as Microsoft Office
    4) Copy (Partition C) to (Partition D

    Can this be done, and how should I go about doing this?
    I have heard that this could cause problems with the registry, but I don't know much about the registry.

    Thanks,
    HandyAndy
    Time can fix anything.....even a broken clock. - Handy Andy

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    Sounds like you need an image program to backup your system rather than relying on a double installation which may not have the settings / user name / passwords saved.
    Copying one partition to another won't work because Windows need to know the partition details when it boots.

    cheers, Paul

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    Sounds like you need an image program to backup your system rather than relying on a double installation which may not have the settings / user name / passwords saved.
    Copying one partition to another won't work because Windows need to know the partition details when it boots.

    cheers, Paul

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    Sounds like you need an image program to backup your system rather than relying on a double installation which may not have the settings / user name / passwords saved.
    Copying one partition to another won't work because Windows need to know the partition details when it boots.

    cheers, Paul

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    Sounds like you need an image program to backup your system rather than relying on a double installation which may not have the settings / user name / passwords saved.
    Copying one partition to another won't work because Windows need to know the partition details when it boots.

    cheers, Paul

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    Sounds like you need an image program to backup your system rather than relying on a double installation which may not have the settings / user name / passwords saved.
    Copying one partition to another won't work because Windows need to know the partition details when it boots.

    cheers, Paul

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    Sounds like you need an image program to backup your system rather than relying on a double installation which may not have the settings / user name / passwords saved.
    Copying one partition to another won't work because Windows need to know the partition details when it boots.

    cheers, Paul

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    Sounds like you need an image program to backup your system rather than relying on a double installation which may not have the settings / user name / passwords saved.
    Copying one partition to another won't work because Windows need to know the partition details when it boots.

    cheers, Paul

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