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How to dual boot windows 8 and Xp

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    Dubai
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    Windows 7

    How to dual boot windows 8 and Xp


    So I have a Toshiba laptop with win 8 preinstalled in it I want to dual boot it with win XP However I managed to boot to the CD after some research but when I reach to installing win xp to my virtual partition I can't seem to find it I just see my HDD as one without a partition... what can I do?

    Sorry if this is the wrong place...

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    San Jose - California
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    Windows 8 was probably installed with UEFI GPT disk type and I don't think it supports Windows XP installation.
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    Dubai
    Posts : 2
    Windows 7


    So you mean I can't dual boot it? pls can you explain whats UEFI GPT?
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    MBR is the standard partitioning scheme that's been used on hard disks since the PC first came out. It supports 4 primary partitions per hard drive, and a maximum partition size of 2TB.

    GPT disks are new, and are readable only by Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Vista (all versions), Windows 7 & 8/8.1 and Windows XP x64 Edition (as data disk only). The GPT disk itself can support a volume up to 2^64 blocks in length. (For 512-byte blocks, this is 9.44 ZB - zettabytes. 1 ZB is 1 billion terabytes). It can also support theoretically unlimited partitions.

    Windows restricts these limits further to 256 TB for a single partition (NTFS limit), and 128 partitions.

    EFI: What is UEFI? - Windows Help

    Here's how to find out whether your HD is used with GPT style or MBR style.

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    Installing XP on modern hardware can be a serious challenge and may ultimately prove futile. The problems are more serious with a laptop. In addition to disk incompatibility most manufacturers no longer create drivers for XP.

    If you must run XP it is best to do it in a virtual machine.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by AoBox View Post
    So I have a Toshiba laptop with win 8 preinstalled in it I want to dual boot it with win XP However I managed to boot to the CD after some research but when I reach to installing win xp to my virtual partition I can't seem to find it I just see my HDD as one without a partition... what can I do?

    Sorry if this is the wrong place...
    If you want to Dual Boot Windows versions, older version has to be installed first. Since system came with windows 8 preinstalled. You can't install XP. If you need to install XP you will lose windows 8 and you have to change partition to MBR and then install windows 8. You might not find drivers for XP. Installing XP in virtual machine is the best option.
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    Install Oracle VirtualBox then run XP as a client under it. Runs well and has not hardware problems. I like to play with Operating Systems so I have the following. I can boot any of them in a window on my Win 8 Pro X64 Desktop.

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    My Desktop with XP running looks like this:

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Install Oracle VirtualBox then run XP as a client under it. Runs well and has not hardware problems. I like to play with Operating Systems so I have the following. I can boot any of them in a window on my Win 8 Pro X64 Desktop.

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    My Desktop with XP running looks like this:

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    VirtualBox is giving error while installing windows 8.1
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    VirtualBox is giving error while installing windows 8.1

    Do you mean you are getting an error while installing VirtualBox on Windows 8.1? If so, what is the error.
    Where did you download it from? Should be here: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

    You want this one: VirtualBox 4.3.14 for Windows hosts x86/amd64

    Once you have it downloaded, right click on the downloaded file and select Run as Administrator, see if that helps.
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