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I've been a big fan of boot loaders for the past decade; whether its lilo or grub or BootMagic, the ability to have multiple bootable copies of Windows has always been a necessity to anyone who works with beta software. The great thing is that with Windows XP Professional and Windows 2003, the NTLDR has finally come of age and can hold its own against the Linux boot loaders. Why bother though? With virtualization software such as VMWare and Microsoft Virtual Server, you can just create a virtual machine to isolate different copies of Windows. While this is true, virtualization comes at a cost: you can't use your processor(s)'s full potential, and you can't use all of your system's available RAM. By definition, you are sharing the system's resources with the host operating system, which also will impact performance. In some cases, you may not be able to use your video... (more)