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Although our perception that the performance of our current PC is sluggish is partly attributable to heightened expectation driven by the latest and greatest models, the reality is that over time performance does indeed diminish.
The greater the number of applications, fonts and printers that are installed, the slower it gets.
Given the time taken to perform a new installation of an operating system (OS) and the barest minimum of applications, most users struggle on with reducing performance until a catastrophic failure forces the issue.
HyperOs aims to break this cycle by making it easy to dynamically manage a number of Windows installations on a single PC.
Although disk images can be generated with utilities such as Ghost and Drive Image, especially now given the affordability of large capacity hard disks, the necessity to partition the hard disk, drop out to DOS or handle DOS network drivers makes regular housekeeping by users rather than IT support distinctly unlikely.
Similarly despite being excellent tools, the use of PowerQuest's PartitionMagic and BootMagic to be able to select at boot time between a clean mission critical installation and an experimental 'hack around' installation is far from user friendly.
HyperOs combines the benefits of these strategies into a single Windows based, graphical tool, with the opportunity to have up to 21 combinations of Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2K or XP on one machine! Each OS and relevant drivers, printers and applications only need to be installed once as duplicates can be created on any logical disk partitions simply by drag and drop.
Similarly a back-up image of each virtual computer can be readily created or restored.
Although the benefits of starting from a clean installation of each OS are clear, it is possible to install HyperOs into an existing OS on the C partition.
A copy of PartitionMagic 7 is supplied to subsequently create a HyperOs system drive as D and as many virtual computer partitions as required from E upwards.