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How do i downgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows XP?

  1. #11


    Chester, UK
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    Windows 8 Industry Enterprise


    Yes. I've been told that is is very difficult to install XP from a USB

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by petroslitt View Post
    Yes. I've been told that is is very difficult to install XP from a USB
    Almost impossible actually. AFAIK NTLDR doesn't support booting from USB. It'll consider the USB storage that you're using as an installation media to be a partition.

    EDIT: OP, why would you downgrade to XP anyway? Most PC manufacturers have already left XP since like, 2009, and now MS no longer supports it. There's a big risk in using XP now, especially if you're on a laptop (with the assumption you're mobile).
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  3. #13


    CDrom with USB interface can do that.
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  4. #14


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Personally would just install it on a VM.
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  5. #15


    Chester, UK
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8 Industry Enterprise


    Could I burn to CD and use a external disc drive?
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by petroslitt View Post
    Could I burn to CD and use a external disc drive?
    Geta a hand on an SATA to USB interface. connect CD/DVD machine to it and you'll be able to install.
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by petroslitt View Post
    Could I burn to CD and use a external disc drive?
    You can.
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  8. #18


    You may need to modify the BIOS settings, and change the boot order so that CD/DVD drive is checked before the hard disk.
    It could accessed by pressing F2 during POST checks on bootup.
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