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I'm curious about something. I always thought if you dual booted, the software pertinent to each drive stayed or was recognized on that drive only.

I have XP installed on a 300Gig C: drive and Vista on a 500Gig H: drive. I have Diskeeper XP on the C: drive and Diskeeper Vista on the H: drive. When I'm in XP and run Diskeeper, it accesses the H: drive and defrags it. The opposite is also true. When in Vista, Diskeeper can access XP and defrag the C: drive.

So my question is can Anti-virus do the same thing? If I only install Anti-Virus on the C: drive, can it access the Vista drive and protect me? And the reverse also. If I just install an Anti-Virus in Vista will it protect my C: drive?
Ex. If I'm on the internet using Vista, will the A-V installed in XP protect me?
Or do I actually need 2 A-V's installed?
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well especially since both your OSs are windows based and using NTFS, then they can most certainly see/use the other HDD. my only concern with using 1 av across both is that you wont get the real time protection if you are using the OS that the AV isn't installed on.
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You will not be protected on the fly, by having only one instance of AV installed. For example if you have AV installed in XP but are running Vista you have no protection. But, you will be able to scan and clean the vista drive after the fact while you are loaded into XP.
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yeah you can access programs/files on all hd's
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