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dual boot windows 8 and windows xp

  1. #1


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    windows 8

    dual boot windows 8 and windows xp


    so i have windows 8 already installed. and i want to dual boot it with windows xp since most of my games wont work in windows 8. i have the windows xp disk. so how should i proceed.

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


    If you have a Pre-installed Windows 8, take a look at using a VM.

    VirtualBox - Install Windows 8

    VMware Player - Install Windows 8


    For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.

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    System Info - See Your System Specs - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3. #3


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    windows 8


    i want to run games. and games dont run in virtual machine. and help to dual boot?
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  4. #4


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    windows 8 cp


    as I know, xp don't support fully for dual boot. So I suggest for boot with win 7 ….
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Mir Tabraiz View Post
    as I know, xp don't support fully for dual boot. So I suggest for boot with win 7 ….
    Why?
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    Check on the computer manufacturers website and see if they have drivers for XP. The chances are quite high that they do not. Manufacturers find it difficult to justify the considerable effort required to develop drivers for what is essentially an obsolete OS. The XP CD certainly won't have them. If drivers are not available then dual booting is not an option.

    There are other issues as well.

    Drivers are rarely an issue when using a virtual machine. The client OS doesn't see the real hardware but only the emulated hardware provided by the virtual machine. The hardware that is emulated is generally quite old and chosen for best compatibility.
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Normally you would use a third party disk management software to load XP after Win 8.

    I believe Paragon partition manager is one of them..

    However I did find this possible solution at Microsoft

    Installing XP after Windows 8 - Microsoft Community
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    Normally you would use a third party disk management software to load XP after Win 8.

    I believe Paragon partition manager is one of them..

    However I did find this possible solution at Microsoft

    Installing XP after Windows 8 - Microsoft Community
    Doing the above on a OEM Pre-installed Windows 8,
    If the BIOS is not set to suit Windows XP , on booting the Win XP CD , you receive a Secure Boot Violation.

    Click image for larger version

    This why I have asked the OP to post the specs of the PC.
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dual boot windows 8 and windows xp
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