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Installing XP AFTER Win 8?

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    Installing XP AFTER Win 8?


    I need my XP back for some older programs. I've read a lot about getting xp back to the boot menu when u install 8 after xp but not the other way around.
    My question...
    If I disconnect all drives then install xp to a fresh drive that's the only one in the system, can I reconnect all my other drives and THEN alter the boot menu to include the XP drive?
    Right now I have 3 drives of which 2 are GPT and 1 is mbr.

    I'm thinking if I move the 3 xp boot files (boot.ini, ntld and ntdtect.com) to my existing boot drive and then point to the correct disk/partition for xp it should work shouldn't it? I'll probably just try easybcd first and set it up for whatever drive it shows in windows 8 at the time.

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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Why not download Virtual Box (free) and create a VM of XP that way you won't have all the headaches of making a dual boot.
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    I already have that but if you want to run an old game forget the virtual thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Why not download Virtual Box (free) and create a VM of XP that way you won't have all the headaches of making a dual boot.
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    Win XP will not dual boot with Windows 8 x64 UEFI mode.
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    I wonder why? I can dual boot now into that other win 8 system listed above and it's MBR.
    And if you install win 8 on a separate hard drive from an existing xp system people have been able to get back the "Earlier version of Windows" back into their menu.

    edit: also I was wondering (I do that a lot) why I couldn't add a new drive into this system and then boot my xp install cd and install to that drive (having swapped it to the the number 1 boot drive in the bios so it doesn't mess with my existing boot manager).
    Then go back to having the win 8 drive as #1 in the bios and boot to win 8
    THEN use easybcd to add the xp drive to the win 8 boot menu
    am I way off here?

    Thanks by the way.

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Win XP will not dual boot with Windows 8 x64 UEFI mode.
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    It would seem that coming up with drivers for XP will be the main problem. If your system is EUFI then there is a chance it will not even recognize XP even with a HDD set to use MBR.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    apart from the UEFI thing the main problem with installing a REAL version (dual boot) of Windows XP is that nearly all HDD's these days are SATA and not IDE. SATA drivers don't exist in XP even in SP3 so you'll have to slipstream them into the XP install media first.

    If you try and install XP on a machine with only SATA drives you'll get the message "No Hard Disk drives found".

    You can get SATA drivers from Driverpacks.org.

    But these days the latest version of VMware player has MUCH MUCH better video support such as 3-D etc. - Even DVD playing works which always used to be a problem on Virtual machines so why not download the latest version of VMware player and try and see if your games work as doing the slipstream and dual booting is a lot of work.

    By using a VM as well gets over the UEFI problem.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Thanks for that info jimbo. I do have sata drivers for xp sp3. I did try vmware but the video in a game still cannot keep up unfortunately.
    I know there HAS to be a way to get this going. I'll keep at it and if I figure out a way I'll report back.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    apart from the UEFI thing the main problem with installing a REAL version (dual boot) of Windows XP is that nearly all HDD's these days are SATA and not IDE. SATA drivers don't exist in XP even in SP3 so you'll have to slipstream them into the XP install media first.

    If you try and install XP on a machine with only SATA drives you'll get the message "No Hard Disk drives found".

    You can get SATA drivers from Driverpacks.org.

    But these days the latest version of VMware player has MUCH MUCH better video support such as 3-D etc. - Even DVD playing works which always used to be a problem on Virtual machines so why not download the latest version of VMware player and try and see if your games work as doing the slipstream and dual booting is a lot of work.

    By using a VM as well gets over the UEFI problem.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    maybe 8 and XP

    trying to make sense of it all


    Been trying to figure out almost the same thing. I am not a techie but I can get things done with help. My task at hand is to finally purchase a new desktop. I have been running XP for years and it has been the best Win OS I have ever run. It also is the newest I have run. I have $$$$$$$$ of software on the XP machine as I do audio and video stuff with it. It would be a money pit if I can no longer use my software. I also have Office 2007 and do not want to lose that either.
    So I want to buy a new desktop and I see I can get either Win 7 or 8. I know nothing about 7 or 8 just knew Vista was not very good. I want to be sure to buy the right system because I really want to keep my XP stuff running. When I saw Microsoft is ending the XP updates I know its time to get something newer.
    I have been reading many posts about this topic but most people are trying to do it with a computer already owned so I wonder if I have a better shot because I can buy the right setup if that makes sense or if there is one. I read that drivers could be an issue but someone here said they have them.

    Is there any suggestions in real newbie terms that might get me headed in the right direction if there is one?

    Thanks
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