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Installing XP 32-bit after Windows 8.1 x64 Pro

  1. #1


    Lahore,PK
    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Installing XP 32-bit after Windows 8.1 x64 Pro


    Hi, Everyone, Happy New year and Merry Xmas to all

    As the title says, I want to install xp to d drive over win8.1 (c drive) because I can't get 1 of my usb gamepad to work in win8.1 it's a generic usb gamepad. anyway

    would I loose the Win8 MBR by doing this ? and what is the easiest way to get it back ?

    Thanks..
    Last edited by Evil Nemesis; 06 Jan 2015 at 12:10.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,619
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Not sure what you mean by "Boot Order"..

    You can control the boot order (Win8 or winXP) by Control panel > advanced system settings > system properties > startup and recovery..

    You can set default boot OS or Display Boot OS Option display time

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  3. #3


    Lahore,PK
    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    My bad meant to write bootloader MBR as XP will overwrite it right?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,619
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    I have installed win8 over xp and it used XP's boot loader..

    XP should add it's bootloader as an entry into the windows 8 boot loader..

    If you have marcuim, acronis or some other program to make a SYSTEM image - create a system backup image..

    That way if all else fails - you can restore your system back to where it was..

    Meaning it will start to boot to windows 8 and then give you the option to continue to boot windows 8 or boot to windows XP
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  5. #5


    Lahore,PK
    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I have installed win8 over xp and it used XP's boot loader..
    I'm gonna do exactly the opposite of that tomorrow for the sake of this game which is only playable via a game controller. :@

    Will update this thread. Thanks
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Installing XP 32-bit after Windows 8.1 x64 Pro

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