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Laptop shuts down in Windows XP setup

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64x - Windows 8 64x

    Laptop shuts down in Windows XP setup


    Hello, Im trying to dual boot Windows 8 and Windows XP. However, when I put my DVD installation disk of windows xp setup it starts normally... Great stuff so far. But after reading and installing the components when it says Starting Windows... 5 seconds pass and the laptop shuts down its self.. No restart to the setup automatically?!

    Additional info
    Pre-installed Windows 8 on SSD I split the SSD into two drives so one could boot from Windows 8 and other from Windows XP.
    When I brought my laptop it came originally with HDD never tried to install XP on the HDD so unsure if its the SSD's fault but Windows 8 works like charm when I installed it on the SSD.Click image for larger version

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  2. #2


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Most likely a hardware issue with the laptop, if it is shutting down. If you can get it to boot into Windows 8, you can use Core Temp, to see if it is overheating.
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64x - Windows 8 64x


    It runs as cool as freezer its brand new laptop its only 7 months old...
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  4. #4


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Is that drive/partition on the SSD for XP formatted as GPT or MBR? Also is BIOS set as Legacy or UEFI? All could be a factor.

    EDIT: Also Secure Boot setting in BIOS could make a difference.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    I think popey's suggestions are more on track to what is causing your issues, and ,its always been said that we install oldest OS first for best results , and I think that still holds true today .I have never tried to install xp and then win8 or vise versa .
    also you might be better off install xp in a VM[virtual machine]
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  6. #6


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    also you might be better off install xp in a VM[virtual machine]
    I was going to say that but didn't. Have XP VM running on my laptop.
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64x - Windows 8 64x


    As far as I know its on Legacy but how do you make partition/drive GPT or MBR for Windows XP?
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  8. #8


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Easiest way is a utility such as these two: Free Partition Manager for Window PC | MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition
    Free Partition Manager - AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard

    Before you start doing anything make sure you have backed up anything important. Also, XP 32-bit cannot run on GPT. Don't know if you can even get 64-bit to dual-boot.
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