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separate disks. They may be able to access each other's files, possibly via some extra driver software if they use different file systems.

The OSes need not be completely different - they might be different versions of Microsoft Windows (e.g. Windows XP and Windows NT) or Linux (e.g. Debian and Fedora).

A dual boot system differs from an emulator such as vmware, which runs one or more OSes "on top" of the primary OS, using its resources.

Last updated: 2005-02-01

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