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commander

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I am soon going to buy 2 new PCs. but since all new PCs are windows10, and I don't 10, to have the windows 10 completely

removed and then have windows 8.1 installed, or will I need to install a new hard drive first? and i'm also going to get a new PC and have windows 10 removed and have XP family addition with sp1, 2, and 3. this is for my XP games that I can't play on any other PC.


now best buy says they can remove windows 10, once that is done can I take it home and install XP, or do I need do pay best buy to install the software? and will I need to have a new hard drive for that?
 

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    windows 8
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    dell i660s-5390bk
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    1tb
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Sven1458

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Since you are buying brand new hardware, you might run into problems getting drivers, especially for XP. 8.1 drivers might work on the new hardware. The hard drive is the same no matter what OS you install
 

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    Windows 10 Pro
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    white box
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    AMD fx 6100 6 core
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    gigabyte ga-78lmy-s2p am3+ amd 760g matx
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    ACER p215h
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commander

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will I need drivers to install the software? or will the drivers be on the CD that has the XP software on it?
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    dell i660s-5390bk
    CPU
    1tb
    Memory
    8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    intel
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    msn.com
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    norton

fireberd

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Best option on both new PC's is to remove the OEM hard drive, with Win 10 on it, and use a new (or reuse an old) drive to install the different OS's. That way if there are problems and for example XP won't run on the new hardware you still have the original hard drive with Win 10 on it. If you just install over the OEM drive and wipe out 10 you may be lost if it doesn't work.

XP will not install the drivers. You must have Win XP specific drivers (Vista/Win7/Win8/8.1 will not work). If there are no XP specific drivers for the hardware there is a very good chance it will not work. Your best option is to buy an old/refurbished PC that will run XP.

Win 8.1 may even be an issue with getting all the needed drivers. Some will work or be available but there is a good chance all will not.
 

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    Win 10
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    Home Built
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    i7 6700K
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    ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero
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    16 Gb G Skill TridentZ DDR4 3400
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    Intel (i7 CPU)
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    RealTek Integrated
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    27" Dell SE2717HR
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    500GB Samsung 850 SSD, 3TB for backups
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    EVGA Supernova 750 G2
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commander

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I have my PC with windows XP. I may have to just get it refurbished instead of replacing it. and it should have all the drivers since the PC came with XP installed.
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    dell i660s-5390bk
    CPU
    1tb
    Memory
    8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    intel
    Browser
    msn.com
    Antivirus
    norton

LMiller7

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Installing XP on a modern computer is likely to be a serious challenge and one which may eventually prove futile. In some cases it can be difficult to install Windows 7 or even Windows 8.1 on such a computer. A big problem is availability of XP compatible drivers. The XP install media certainly won't have them. All such media would have been released years before your computer was built and could not include drivers for it. Most manufacturers gave up on XP years ago and no longer write XP drivers. Writing device drivers is a difficult (and thus expensive) task and manufacturers find it difficult to justify the effort for a 16 year old unsupported OS with limited market share. When Microsoft ceases support for an OS, and for XP that was more than 3 years ago, it serves as a sign to other companies that they do the same. Many had done so previously.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7
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    PC/Desktop

ControlPanel

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Windows 8.1 drivers should work fine, however you may run into problems when it comes to Windows XP. I'd recommend looking up to see if that hardware supports Windows XP.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Home Edition x64
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    PC/Desktop
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    Custom PC, self built
    CPU
    AMD FX4300
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    MSI
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    16GB DDR4
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    750Ti
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