Windows 10 able to do a DUAL boot in a SSD with say 2 partitions ?

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    Windows 10 able to do a DUAL boot in a SSD with say 2 partitions ?


    In windows 10, is there a way to have a SSD divided so that you have the ability of Person "A" to start up the laptop and run their programs with out access to the other partition of the HARD DRIVE "SSD" SO that person B can start up the computer and run his programs and apps and not have any of Person A stuff open or available ? A Dual Boot DRIVE using the same operating system ( WIN 10) ? If so would it have to be installed twice once in each partition ? Im a newbie at this Thanks in advance...
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    sturgess said: View Post
    In windows 10, is there a way to have a SSD divided so that you have the ability of Person "A" to start up the laptop and run their programs with out access to the other partition of the HARD DRIVE "SSD" SO that person B can start up the computer and run his programs and apps and not have any of Person A stuff open or available ? A Dual Boot DRIVE using the same operating system ( WIN 10) ? If so would it have to be installed twice once in each partition ? Im a newbie at this Thanks in advance...
    Yes, it is possible, but you may find it more of a hassle than it's worth. Dual booting requires the operator to choose a bootable partition on power up or restart. Depending on which partition is left as the default, any restart may or may not return them to the partition they were in. It gets a little complicated, and it's not really intended for this purpose. And you have the EULA issues, technically, which won't stop you, but may cause problems.

    The preferred and normal approach is 2 separate accounts on the same licensed OS. See this tutorial:

    Add Local Account or Microsoft Account in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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    Thanks for the Info, not in the mood for a hassle with other half using it... Enjoy your Day.
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    Using free virtual box and run one windows as a virtual pc
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    Yes you can dual boot two partitions. You will need to purchase a second license "product key" for the second install of Windows. Then you will want to set each install to require a user to login to it. Each user will have their own account on their respective partition. Then in disk management you will want to remove the drive letter from the other partition.

    You can also set the dual boot menu to an indefinite timeout which would require the user to pick a partition to boot into.
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    I still believe you would have access to the whole drive even if its partition with 2 operating system with each users having there login / password options
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    sn00ker said: View Post
    I still believe you would have access to the whole drive even if its partition with 2 operating system with each users having there login / password options
    If the drive letter were removed from the opposite partition, the use logged in would have to go into disk management, diskpart, or a third party partition program to reassign a drive letter, which would take administrator privileges.
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    I thought there was a way to make environments within Win10 where users have access only to certain applications etc...???
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    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Yes you can dual boot two partitions. You will need to purchase a second license "product key" for the second install of Windows. Then you will want to set each install to require a user to login to it. Each user will have their own account on their respective partition. Then in disk management you will want to remove the drive letter from the other partition.

    You can also set the dual boot menu to an indefinite timeout which would require the user to pick a partition to boot into.
    Whilst this is strictly true, it is an absurdity of the EULA and digital licences, that the second installation installs and activates automatically.
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    Hi there

    Not sure what the real problem is here -- you can have as many accounts on a Windows system as you like (within the constraints of HDD size) where they all have their own "user data areas" e.g download, documents etc. They won't have access to other users data areas and you say as administrator can control what access a user has on that PC. Windows is a single user OS (unless you get a server edition) so you won't be able to have concurrent users on the system.

    If you want to have concurrent users on the system the easiest way is to install Linux (it's a multi user system) and then install a number of Windows VM's which users access remotely via for example RDP from their own devices. Note - Users do NOT need to have an account on the Host Linux system if they can RDP into the Window VM's.

    Depends on what you want to do of course.

    If it's kids sharing a PC -- don't do it - you don't want kids messing up your own PC -- and they will inevitably find ways to do it !!!

    VM's are a better idea for this - if one gets hosed up just start another one.

    Cheers
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