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Old 01-25-2006, 04:58 PM   #1
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Lightbulb running windows hard drive on the linux Desktop

I would like to know if it is possible to do the following:
I have 2 Hard drives one of them is loaded with Fedora Core 4 and the other is loaded with Windows XP SP2. What I would like to do is to be able to have FC4 running and launch the Windows hard drive to be able to use Windows without rebooting.
I have heard it is possible, just wondering if it can be done.
What I thought might be a possiblity is to mount the Windows HD in Linux and use Wine to run it. Am I on the right track?

Thanks in advance
Old 01-25-2006, 05:04 PM   #2
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Take a look here

Not free but works fine for me using Gentoo with XP as a guest operating system

Old 01-25-2006, 05:06 PM   #3
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I'm not sure about wine. I know that VMWare Workstation can do this, but it does cost some $$
Old 01-25-2006, 05:12 PM   #4
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i don't think...errr...i'm almost positive wine won't do want you're talking about. VMWare will, but not with an existing windows install, i believe. I think you would have to reinstall windows after you installed vmware. I may be wrong, wouldn't be the first.
Old 01-25-2006, 05:16 PM   #5
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Another option is to run linux from within windows. I currently run a debian version of cooperative linux from within Windows XP.

And a free alternative to VMWare is Xen, but I'm not sure if they've figured out how to make XP work from within...
Old 01-25-2006, 05:24 PM   #6
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Wine (or CrossOver Office) runs Windows apps under Linux--it will not run Windows.
A computer can only have one primary operating system---anything else needs to be running in some kind of virtual machine environment, which is seen by the host OS as just another application/process.

Search on "virtual machine", or "virtualization", for more detailed info.

Programs are available to run Windows on Linux (eg VMware), and also Linux on Windows
Old 01-25-2006, 05:49 PM   #7
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Qemu works as well, with kqemu I get pretty reasonable speed. I can emulate WinXP easily quicker than my old computer (Athlon 800MHz) could run it.


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