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What is Dual-Booting? - OST QB DPC OASIS OTK

Reference Number: AA-02081 Views: 1752 Created: 03/08/2018 08:25 am Last Updated: 07/09/2020 11:49 am 0 Rating/ Voters


Dual-booting describes the loading of multiple operating systems (Windows, AppleOSX, Other) onto different partitions of a computer's hard-drive. A partition is like a wedge of pie - each operating system is installed in its own piece of the hard drive and does not interact with nor affect the other partitions. This partitioning may also be accomplished by installing multiple hard-drives, but that is not necessary as hard drives are now so big they can store multiple operating systems easily.

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For example, many MAC users have found that they need to install Windows so they use Windows-based software products (such as On-Screen Takeoff, Quick Bid, and Oasis Takeoff). After they purchase their MAC hardware, they use an included utility called "BootCamp" to create a new partition on the hard-drive, then install a version of Windows in that partition (yes, usually, you will have to pay for a license of Windows, nothing is free, right?).

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Once configured in this manner, when you 'boot up' (start) your computer, you are prompted to choose the operating system (Windows or Mac OSX) you want to run.

Is this Virtualization


Virtualization is a little different. Virtualization means running one operating system within the confines of another operating system using an emulator or virtual software product such as Parallels (MAC), VMWare, Citrix, or Hyper-V Server. For example, instead of creating a separate partition for Windows, some MAC users may just run Windows in a program called Parallels. They still boot into MAC OSX and use all their great Apple-based software, but if they need to run a Windows-based software, it runs in a virtualized 'session' of Windows, without leaving MAC OSX. See the Related articles for more information on Virtualization.

Do we support use of Our software in a dual-boot environment?

Yes! For the most part, as long as the Windows partition is a supported version of Windows (check the System Requirements for whatever software you are considering installing).

Remember, if you are dual-booting two versions of Windows, for example, Windows 7 and Windows 10, you can install our software on each Windows partition although, each partition must be licensed separately (licensing OST in Windows 7, for example, doesn't automatically license it in Windows 10).

For any assistance with dual-booting, please contact a qualified IT Professional. On Center does not provide technical support for advanced Windows configuration.

Does Dual-Boot require the use of license manager?

No, Local licensing (activation keys) should work fine and since the operating system cannot be run in tandem with another OS on the same machine, there is no risk of a license being used more than once, violating the EULA.

If you wanted to use your license one Windows 7, for example, then, switch to Windows 10, you'd just have to return (de-activate) the license before shutting down Windows 7 so you could use it on Windows 10. If your company does use License Manager, this return is handled automatically for you when you shut-down On-Screen Takeoff or Quick Bid.

Keep in mind, when using license manager, each instance of OST or QB (for example, Windows 7 and Windows 10, or even a Windows partition on a MAC and a Windows installation within Parallels in OSX) could borrow its own license, using up two or more licenses from the pool. It's always best if user use "floating" licenses and only "borrow" licenses when they truly need to disconnect from a company's network for a given period of time.

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