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Installing XP AFTER Win 8?

  1. #21


    Anyone out there that can help with this?
    Win 8 booting fine. I can also boot into XP if I change the boot device in the bios.
    HOW can I get the win xp menu item to work? I get the ntldr error.
    I've tried a bunch of options in the boot.ini file - multi(0) etc and also scsi(0) etc
    And I put the 3 files needed on the root of my win 8 drive also. (boot.ini, ntldr and ntdetect)
    the xp system is x64 and operates under sata although it is connected to a port that is configured as ide not ahci. I know my sata storage is working well cause I can use gpt data disks while i'm in xp.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. #22


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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    This is probably a long shot but what about Grub, no idea how it works with Windows 8 though, so anything you do don't blame me if it goes wrong.
    I know years ago it would handle two drives.
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  3. #23


    yeah, i wish i knew linux enough to play around. i have images of my 2 drives so i can test it out but this is getting old. i can't believe there isn't a built-in WORKING bcd editor by now that can at least handle their own friggin os's.
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  4. #24


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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    Quote Originally Posted by sl2222 View Post
    yeah, i wish i knew linux enough to play around. i have images of my 2 drives so i can test it out but this is getting old. i can't believe there isn't a built-in WORKING bcd editor by now that can at least handle their own friggin os's.
    Yeah, years ago I used to do this sort of stuff all the time, I've had 3 hdds hooked up,Linux was a good way of doing it because i used to run it as well. But like I said earlier, it's a headache and that's why I stopped doing it, now I just swap drives, only takes a second if you keep one side of the PC open.
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  5. #25


    i have my case open most all the time.
    actually it's not that big of a deal right now because i don't even need to get into the case.
    if i could get the legacy usb to work at post time it'd only be 3 presses to boot to xp.
    del - to get to bios
    press the screen button for Boot Manager (and my touch screen works at this point)
    press the xp drive in the list and it boots.

    right now I have to use a ps2 keyboard cause my wireless one isn't recognized at boot. (another minor problem i'm working on)
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  6. #26


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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    Quote Originally Posted by sl2222 View Post
    i have my case open most all the time.
    actually it's not that big of a deal right now because i don't even need to get into the case.
    if i could get the legacy usb to work at post time it'd only be 3 presses to boot to xp.
    del - to get to bios
    press the screen button for Boot Manager (and my touch screen works at this point)
    press the xp drive in the list and it boots.

    right now I have to use a ps2 keyboard cause my wireless one isn't recognized at boot. (another minor problem i'm working on)
    Yeah, I always had a ps2 just for those occasions, like I said it can be a headache, even worse when something goes wrong.
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  7. #27


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    maybe 8 and XP


    Ok here is what I came up with. I bought the system I wanted and it has the Joshua motherboard. Desktop is an HP P7-1423W. I installed my XP drive in the empty bay. It is a sata drive. I disabled secure boot, enabled legacy mode, and I was able to pick the XP drive as a boot drive. I restarted the system it started loading the XP splash screen came up and it loaded for 15 seconds then it rebooted and Win8 came up again.
    If I go into the file manager I can see the XP drive folders. Am I right to assume I may be needing drivers for the motherboard?
    I am so close to getting this to work. I would not mind having to pick a boot drive this way but getting an easier way to do it would be nice.
    My problem is I am not a tech and this is way over my head. With help I will get this going. I have not used easybcd would that help? I have found the drivers for the board which are Vista, XP, 7+8. If that is my issue how do I get them into XP so they will load?
    I have the XP drive backed up but my XP key no longer works because I changed out the processor on the XP computer a few years ago and the ser# is now different. I never knew that was an issue until last year when I tried a new OS install (virus issue) and it would not work. I contacted MS and they told me I would have to contact HP because the OS was pre installed. I called HP and they said I would have to get new discs but they no longer had them. So I am stuck with having to keep it intact.

    Any suggestions?
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  8. #28


    Look for a XP copy on Ebay.
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  9. #29


    it sounds like you're out of luck with that particular copy of xp. were u concerned about losing software programs on it?
    U could probably pick up a cheap copy like labeeman said.
    you can still save all the data on the old drive.
    u could get it to boot but that's not your problem. activation is.

    on a side note, i gave up getting the xp os on the win 8 boot menu. I did get legacy usb working so it's just 1 keyboard press and 2 screen touches to get into xp.
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  10. #30


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    maybe 8 and XP


    Heah sl2222 not sure that is my issue. My XP runs fine on the Old HP box. I was wondering if the drivers are my issue. Like I mentioned I was able to get it starting to load but after 20 seconds after the XP splash screen comes up it stops and reboots to Win 8
    WIn XP will run fine on the old HP so there is nothing wrong with the install. I just was not sure if I would have to reinstall it for some reason. If not I am good. DO you have any suggestions?
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