14843: Acronis Disk Director 11 Home: How to Install Several Operating Systems Using OS Selector

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Last update: 11-01-2011

Installing several operating systems on the same PC using OS Selector

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  • Acronis Disk Director 11 Home


Acronis OS Selector is a boot and partition manager. As a boot manager it allows you to multiboot between several operating systems installed on your computer.

(!) Acronis OS Selector allows you to install an older operating system where a more recent operating system is installed: e.g. you can install Windows XP on a computer with Windows 7.


Before installing additional operating systems on your computer, install Acronis Disk Director 11 Home and activate OS Selector in your main system. See Acronis Disk Director 11 Home: Installation and Acronis Disk Director 11 Home: Installation of Acronis OS Selector.

(!) If you want to install the new operating system using CD/DVD, in OS Selector go to Tools -> Options -> Startup Options and make sure that option Do not load CD-ROM drivers is unchecked:

(!) If you want to install a new operating system from floppy and floppy is not present in the Operating Systems list, create a new Boot from floppy item: select OS -> New -> Boot from floppy in the menu.

If you need to install several copies of the same Windows operating system (e.g. two or more copies of Windows 7, each having its own properties and software sets) you can use one of the above methods for installation. Alternatively, you can use Operating system copy feature: program will fully duplicate contents of Windows, Program Files, Users, and Documents and Settings folders, including all software installed inside the hidden BOOTWIZ system folder.

To copy an operating system, select it in the list of operating systems and choose Edit -> Copy:

(!) The copied system will reside on the same partition as the original system. Operating system copy does not allow copying a system onto a different disk/partition.

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