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Triple Booting Win8 with Win7 and XP

  1. #11

    theog, I don't understand. Why is this not recommended?? What you posted above is almost identical to one of my systems.

    The only difference is my system is:
    C = Windows XP (Drive 1)
    D = Windows 7 (Drive 2 (Partition 1))
    E = Windows 7 (Drive 2 (Partition 2))

    Now for me to install Win8 I will or want to Upgrade Windows 7 on Drive E to Windows 8. This is why I'm asking if it will work, I really don't want to lose the XP or other Win7 installation.

    Note: I will be using Windows 8 Pro NOT the Windows 8 Pro Pack to do this.

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  2. #12

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

    Why is this not recommended??
    As most new MOBO's have uEFI BIOS, & no driver support for Win XP.
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  3. #13

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    If you are doing so to experiment, then virtualizeeverything but one host OS. Restores are much easier, and you don't need to mess around with partitions or boot loaders.
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  4. #14

    Okay, I spent a few days "experimenting" on another system before I did the upgrade.

    The only problem I had was when I installed XP then Win7 and then the second installation of Win7. After the first copy of Win7 was installed the added a second copy, my computer would only boot into WinXp or the second copy of Win7... So I didn't bother trying to fix it, I just again reinstalled everything.

    On my second attempt, everything installed as it should, si the system had WinXP, Win7, Win7...

    Then when I installed Win8 Pro, it went off without a hitch.... The system then showed WinXP, Win7, Win8..

    After playing with that for a few days, and having no problems, I upgraded one copy of Win7 on my main system. As it is right now, it's running perfect. I thought I'd need to use something like EasyBCD but discovered it wasn't needed.

    The boot screen now shows:
    Windows 8
    Windows 7
    Windows XP

    and again all 3 copies (versions) of Windows stayed intact and run very smoothly.

    But now I have one other question, has anyone tried using MicroSoftSecurity Essentials in Windows 8? I can find no definite answer.
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  5. #15

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    But now I have one other question, has anyone tried using MicroSoftSecurity Essentials in Windows 8? I can find no definite answer.
    Have you checked on there website for a Windows 8 update.
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  6. #16

    I've looked but can see no update.. but from what I have read, including the system/program compatability program that we can run before the Win8 installation, alot of people are "undecided" as to whether it works or not... I could just try it... I the other programs I use work, so I don't think it'll hurt to try it... if it works, it works... if not, I'll just use another anti-virus....
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