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  1. #1


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    Win8 alongside XP


    Hi,

    I've got an installation of XP Pro on an 80GB hard drive. I've carved out 20 GB of space at the end, and I would like to install Win8 there to dual boot, in order to test how it does on the machine (IBM T60 laptop, 32bit).

    If I partition that space off beforehand, will things be straightforward? I don't know how the Win8 installer deals with the system partition.

    I'm considering upgrading to a 120GB drive. I suppose if I did so I could install Win8 first and then reinstall XP behind it on the drive. But at this point I'm primaritly interested in the first scenario.

    Thanks,
    p.

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  2. #2


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    The VHD method is more interesting: you don't need to "carve" space. Just install it in a VHD on the same partition.

    I never tried it in XP, so look around:
    Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with
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  3. #3


    Posts : 34
    Linux Lite 3.2 x64


    Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. Still want to try the other way though. I'm going to experiment on an old system.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 34
    Linux Lite 3.2 x64


    Maybe a lost cause. I can't find the XP drivers for this old system. That brings up the question of Win8 component drivers for old systems. I was thinking that Win8 would be good for old machines, but driver support is the critical factor.
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  5. #5


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    It depends how old the machine is.

    There are some Pentium 3 out there (have still one of those) that support Win8 and the only difficult part is: 512mb ram (supported for clean install form the dvd) as a minimum requirement and 1024 or more as recommended requirement + 1Ghz cpu (example like pIII coppermine) with PAE support.

    It's possible that old ac97 sound cards don't have drivers but the ones from Win Vista/7 (if available) or XP should work, it's already confirmed a while ago during a Consumer Preview install on such a system.

    I'm not gonna talk about the performance but very old machines are single cores and will run slow on Win7, it also depends what programs are running.
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    Linux Lite 3.2 x64


    Thanks, Hopachi. I had hoped to be up and running with another old machine today, but the MB turns out to be faulty. I might install to a separate HDD in my currently XP laptop. Thinking...
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  7. #7


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    Linux Lite 3.2 x64


    I found this really clear page on how to proceed. The only problem was that I had to switch the sata drive to Compatibility Mode in the Bios in order for Win8 to install in a partition. The installation is bulletproof except for that, which they really should warn you about.

    I used a linux distro - gparted - to resize the partition, evidently without data loss. Win8 is on the T60 and everything seems good (I don't use the fingerprint reader so I don't know about it).

    Gotta say, this thing is strange.
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