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I have Windows 7 installed on Harddisk01 on my PC. This copy holds my development environment. I'd like to install Windows 7 on another harddrive on my PC, and let that copy handle things like gaming.

The reason is that when I'm developing, there are a lot of processess that start up; I'd like to keep from having to manually end those processes and have a configuration geared towards gaming.

If that isn't possible, is there a good tutorial on Windows Startup profiles that will help me configure Windows 7 in various profiles and stop/start services for each profile?

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Short Answer, No. Slightly longer answer, you probably could, but you'll likely have licensing and activation issues to deal with.

An alternative method from the Startup profiles could be a simple batch script that cleans up processes before you start gaming. Create a new file on your desktop, rename it to "Gaming.bat", and put a line in for each unnecessary process:

TASKKILL /F /IM process.exe

The /F forcefully closes the process, so you can experiment with not using /F on some processes if you're afraid of lost data in those.

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Legally, no. Although it's on the same machine is still a separate instance of the OS. The license does not allow for concurrent installs unless you have a VLA (Volume Licensing Agreement).

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Failing the dual booting option, something like this may help...

I used a similar windows service manager application years ago and it worked well. No recent experience though.

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