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Dual-booting Windows 8 and XP

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    Dual-booting Windows 8 and XP


    Hello, I'm new to the forum and blah blah blah who cares. I'm not a computer expert here, so I thought about coming here seeking for help. Anyways, into the topic, I wanted to ask a couple of things about installing Windows XP Home SP2 Upgrade (not full) on a partition (I'll get a cheap old Windows copy for the upgrade to work), with a pre-installed Windows 8 in the other partition.

    1) Has anybody tried it? Does it work well? So far I have found no guides on how to do it, but many on how to install XP on Windows 7. Is it the same procedure?

    2) I have heard that installing an XP Upgrade will wipe/reformat an entire HD, both partitions as if they were not partitioned/united. Is that true?

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    No that's not true Windows XP will not wipe both partitions. But you will not have the dualboot option. This tutorial can help I know it is for windows 7 but it will apply to 8 as well Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums
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    Thank you very much.

    Quote Originally Posted by GianniDPC View Post
    No that's not true Windows XP will not wipe both partitions. But you will not have the dualboot option. This tutorial can help I know it is for windows 7 but it will apply to 8 as well Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums
    Mmm... doesn't EasyBCD fix that issue, right?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yes it does. I hope you know how that works xd
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    OK. I've seen videos of it in use so, yes. Maybe.
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    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
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    Really? I guess that's why nobody has done guides on how to get XP on 8. Thanks.
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    Welcome to EighForums.

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?



    You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.
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    Thank you. Yes I did.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Oh, I am sorry I didn't knew that! Thanks for correcting my mistake
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