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Can you run two Operating Systems at once?

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  • Okay, first I am not a computer idiot. I am CS major in college. I am considering building a desktop here soon and want to run Windows 7 Ultimate and KUbuntu at the same time. I do not mean through Dual-Boot and shut down and restart or with virtualization and run one inside the other, I mean actually run Windows 7 and KUbuntu at the same time and be able to use them both on different monitors without having two separate computers. I know it would be more practical to use two separate computers, but think of this as a project of mine. I am curious if it will work and I want to make it work. So again, can you run two Operation Systems at once?

     

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:22 PM

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  • On Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:22:21 +0000, Angellus Mortis wrote:

    Okay, first I am not a computer idiot. I am CS major in college. I am considering building a desktop here soon and want to run Windows 7 Ultimate and KUbuntu at the same time. I do not mean through Dual-Boot and shut down and restart or with virtualization and run one inside the other, I mean actually run Windows 7 and KUbuntu at the same time and be able to use them both on different monitors without having two separate computers. I know it would be more practical to use two separate computers, but think of this as a project of mine. I am curious if it will work and I want to make it work. So again, can you run two Operation Systems at once?

    A simple short answer: no, you can not. Not the way you want to do it.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7:39 PM
  • This is not possible without virtualization. A possibility is to use a hypervisor with a small footprint like VMware ESXi (don't tell anyone I said so :) and run both OSes virtually. This way at least you will not have one "inside" of the other.
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:42 PM
  • Hello,

    you can proceed like that:

    • Install Windows 7 on your PC
    • Install Virtual PC SP1 and run Ubunto as a virtual machine

    Remark: If you want to use a 64 bit OS then it can not be run on Virtual PC so you have to use another virtualization software like VMWARE Workstation.

     


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    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:51 PM
  • This can be easily accomplished no matter what architecture (32-bit/64-bit) you are running.  Simply use Oracle Virtualbox which is nothing simple than a virtual environment that will allow you to run multiple operating systems at once.  I know it doesn't take much to power Ubuntu but I would make sure you have plenty of RAM to spare on your host operating system. 

    Here are some requirements needed for running Virtualbox: 

    • Chipset should be of any recent Intel or AMD model types including 32-bit and 64-bit
    • Must have at least 1GB of ram as you probably won't enjoy anything less than 1GB. 
    • Hard drive space is critical. Saving items to your virtual session will eventually bloat your image overtime. So make certain hard drive space is available.  

    Virtualbox: http://www.virtualbox.org/

     

     

    Resource links:

    http://lifehacker.com/#!5204434/the-beginners-guide-to-creating-virtual-machines-with-virtualbox
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-create-new-virtual-machine-in-virtualbox.html
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/create-and-manage-virtual-machines-using-virtualbox.html 

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 6:37 PM

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  • This is not possible without virtualization. A possibility is to use a hypervisor with a small footprint like VMware ESXi (don't tell anyone I said so :) and run both OSes virtually. This way at least you will not have one "inside" of the other.
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:42 PM
  • That is what it is starting to seem like. Have you ever seen a computer case that can hold two computers in it? I have been Googling around and not found one yet.

     

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:45 PM
  • Hello,

    you can proceed like that:

    • Install Windows 7 on your PC
    • Install Virtual PC SP1 and run Ubunto as a virtual machine

    Remark: If you want to use a 64 bit OS then it can not be run on Virtual PC so you have to use another virtualization software like VMWARE Workstation.

     


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    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:51 PM
  • This can be easily accomplished no matter what architecture (32-bit/64-bit) you are running.  Simply use Oracle Virtualbox which is nothing simple than a virtual environment that will allow you to run multiple operating systems at once.  I know it doesn't take much to power Ubuntu but I would make sure you have plenty of RAM to spare on your host operating system. 

    Here are some requirements needed for running Virtualbox: 

    • Chipset should be of any recent Intel or AMD model types including 32-bit and 64-bit
    • Must have at least 1GB of ram as you probably won't enjoy anything less than 1GB. 
    • Hard drive space is critical. Saving items to your virtual session will eventually bloat your image overtime. So make certain hard drive space is available.  

    Virtualbox: http://www.virtualbox.org/

     

     

    Resource links:

    http://lifehacker.com/#!5204434/the-beginners-guide-to-creating-virtual-machines-with-virtualbox
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-create-new-virtual-machine-in-virtualbox.html
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/create-and-manage-virtual-machines-using-virtualbox.html 

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 6:37 PM
  • On Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:22:21 +0000, Angellus Mortis wrote:

    Okay, first I am not a computer idiot. I am CS major in college. I am considering building a desktop here soon and want to run Windows 7 Ultimate and KUbuntu at the same time. I do not mean through Dual-Boot and shut down and restart or with virtualization and run one inside the other, I mean actually run Windows 7 and KUbuntu at the same time and be able to use them both on different monitors without having two separate computers. I know it would be more practical to use two separate computers, but think of this as a project of mine. I am curious if it will work and I want to make it work. So again, can you run two Operation Systems at once?

    A simple short answer: no, you can not. Not the way you want to do it.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7:39 PM
  • To Mr X and _Joe G, thanks for not reading my post. I already said that I know I can do it with virtualization, but do not want to. Thanks anyways. Has anyone seen a case that can hold two complete computers?
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7:42 PM
  • I personally have never seen or heard of this being done.

     

    Logically speaking, why would you want that? It seems like it would consume more power than having 2 separate pcs (1 KVM) running 2 seperate OSs ate the same time. Not only power, but resources. Imagine, even if you tried to accomplish this task, how much of a processor you will need, along with plenty of RAM to utilize for all OS resources built into the machine. Then a big enough graphics card that will support dual processing power and memory to distribute across 2 monitors at the same time running on the same motherboard. Technically speaking... IT'LL BLOW! 

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7:52 PM
  • I am just curious and throwing out idea of what can be done. 
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7:54 PM
  • I would definitely be interesting seeing if this can be done...
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7:56 PM
  • They say there is no such thing as a dumb question???  Maybe so!!

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:03 PM
  • I'm afraid you can not achieve it if you don't use the virtualization.

    Regards,

    Miya


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