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Dual boot XP and 8?

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    Dual boot XP and 8?


    I have Windows 8 installed now, and I want to dual boot it with Windows XP. How do I do that? Do I have to install it and then re-install 8? I tried it before, and it went straight into XP and when i used EasyBCD it just broke it. What should I do?

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    I changed my Win 7/XP to a three-partition drive using Win 8, and I got it right n the first try. I looked it up on the web and found easy, step-by-step instructions.
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    Windows 8


    Ok. I guess I'll just try installing XP into the free space that i have on my hard drive again. But what do I do if it keeps booting straight into XP?
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    You should get a screen that gives you a choice, with one of them automatically booting after thirty seconds if you don't choose.
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    Using a virtual machine is a much easier way to access XP than a dual boot. While Windows 8 has a built-in virtual machine (if your computer is 64-bit with the right capabilities) I find that Oracle VirtualBox is a good choice that includes audio and there is no requirement for special keys to get mouse control back from the VM window. What was even better for me is that I had an installation on my dual boot of Win 7 so I only had to show the Win 8 VirtualBox where the disk was and presto my complete XP installation was running. I use it for running old versions of IE to check web page compatibility.
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    Windows 8 Pro ($39.99 upgrade)


    My example:

    I was running windows 7 on C: drive on a 80GB hard drive.

    Used partition wizard to create a new 25GB partition from the C: drive which when formatted was now E: drive and of course now my C:drive shrinks to 55GB.

    Downloaded windows 8 CP and burnt to disc, insert disk and install to E:drive.

    Restart computer, you will now get a boot screen every time asking if you want to run Windows 7 or Windows 8.

    The time the boot screen stays up, which OS will load as default and a few other options can be adjusted in windows using some of the admin tools.
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