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Dual-booting Windows 8 and XP

  1. #21

    Would be interested in hearing back if you get this working. I had a tablet PC (laptop) that had XP & Win7 on it. I installed Win8 and could not get it to recognize XP, even though it did recognize Win7.

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  2. #22

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Can be done. Best done from a clean HD Drive.

    Windows XP,Windows 7, & windows 8, on a MBR HD Drive.

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    windows 8 Preinstalled/sefl install,Windows 7, on a uEFI GPT HD Drive setup & Windows XP, on MBR.

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  3. #23

    I will be most probably getting the XP on a new hard drive. Thank you theog for all the help.
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  4. #24

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    If you do
    First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware on the manufacturer's web site.

    If your Win XP CD, does not support your Sata Controller, you will need to load drivers to uses at F6.
    Load Sata Controller drivers with a floppy disk is the best way.

    SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot - Windows 7 Forums

    1) Physically disconnect the Windows 8 HD.

    2) Connect the Windows XP HD Drive

    3) install Win XP. How To Clean Install Windows XP (Part 1 of 4)

    4) Physically disconnect the Windows XP HD Drive.

    5) Reconnect the Windows 8 HD.
    Make the Windows 8 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata port on the MOBO.

    6) Reconnect the Windows XP HD.
    Make the Windows XP HD, disk1

    7) Boot Windows 8 & download EasyBCD, add Win XP to the boot menu.
    EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies
    How to use EasyBCD is in this tutorial:
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums

    8) System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums
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  5. #25

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    xp 64, windows 8 64 and puppy linux. tri-boot

    Without VM on a new install

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    All the above will not work with your NEW Preinstalled Windows 8.
    As Windows XP will not install to a GPT HD Drive setup.

    You will need to use a VM.

    VirtualBox - Install Windows 8

    VMware Player - Install Windows 8
    Even with preinstalled Windows 8 and GPT, you can shove XP on a new primary with the aid of grub (both for the install restart and eventual dual-boot. I used a live CD (Puppy Linux on USB) to make that process less hassle. Now I have Windows 8, XP 64bit, and Puppy on an ext2 - works fine.
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