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Install XP, 7 and 8 on one drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8

    Install XP, 7 and 8 on one drive


    I've read and used Shawn's masterful instructions on adding a second OS. But this time I have the luxury of starting from scratch and want to install XP-Pro (32bit), Win7-64 and Win8-64 on a new SSD with 3 partitions. I want to be sure I have the sequence correct for the most trouble-free install: XP, then, Win7, then Win8. Correct?

    I also understand that I can then then use one of the Startup Options in Shawn's post: Startup Options - Choose a Default OS to Run at Startup in Windows 8
    - or- disable Win8's boot loader so that Win7's appears instead. Correct?

    Thanks guys!
    Frank

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  2. #2


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    yeah, that sounds like the right game plan..
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  3. #3


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    No need to do so, to be honest. The days of multi-booting have been replaced with the days of Virtualization. I'm a big fan of keeping things simple, so I stick to one OS per computer, in terms of being installed traditionally. VMWare's VMPlayer is completely free, and will allow you to install any two of the three OSes you plan on running, once you choose your primary.
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  4. #4


    Florida, USA
    Posts : 141
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1


    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    No need to do so, to be honest. The days of multi-booting have been replaced with the days of Virtualization. I'm a big fan of keeping things simple, so I stick to one OS per computer, in terms of being installed traditionally. VMWare's VMPlayer is completely free, and will allow you to install any two of the three OSes you plan on running, once you choose your primary.

    While VM's have their place, and I use them myself, there is a penalty with regard to the actual hardware available in the VM.

    If the need is to have all the real hardware functional in the operating system, there is no substitute yet for multiboot.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    Hardware is indeed my main concern and the reason I need multiple OS's. E.g, I use a Yamaha 01x digital mixer but Yamaha stopped releasing drivers with Vista; the machine only runs properly on XP-32bit. Same with my aging but still quite adequate Canon scanner; fine with Win7-64 but not with Win8-64.
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  6. #6


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I haven't tried it myself, but I have come across people who have claimed to get older USB devices working from within a VM. My wife has an old Canon LID30 scanner that won't work in 7 or 8. If we can find it, I'll gladly test it.

    I can see in some unique hardware situations that virtualizing isn't the best solution. I made my comments based on the fact most people who ask the same question as your OP simply want to play around with different OSes.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    I understand, and I'm sure it's a lot easier to work under virtualization than to boot in and out of each OS. My sole experience, when Win7 came out and I found that Yamaha had given up the ghost on the 01x, was tying unsuccessfully to use XP Mode. But perhaps I should try Win8 + VMPlayer before giving up on the virtual approach.

    Thanks for the ideas, guys.
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Install XP, 7 and 8 on one drive
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