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#1 jnewell

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:38 PM

Hi there,
Because of compatibility issues with hardware and software with Windows 8, I want to install XP as a second operating system. I've shrunk the existing C: drive on my machine and created a new partition X: (30 GB). However my laptop won't boot from the XP installation CD although I have set Optical drive as first look and switched off unsigned boot ignore. If I run setup.exe then the install XP option is greyed out, presumably because a newer OS is detected. Can anyone point me in the right direction to get XP installed please.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:43 PM

You have to install XP first, then Windows 8.
See here: http://www.7tutorials.com/how-dual-boot-windows-8-windows-7-windows-vista-or-windows-xp

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:07 AM

If your system is capable, then you are good to go. Before we do that though, we need to set aside some disk space for Windows 8, because the partitioning tools in Windows XP are quite primitive, I personally use Easeus Partition Manager to setup the partition. It’s a free download and is very easy to use, in addition to being non-destructive.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:23 AM

Hi Shreya,Thanks for your reply, I am grateful for all and any assistance. Currently I have a new partition made which I have called X: . It is 30 GB so well large enough to take XP. As the partition already exists, is there a need to use a different partitioning tool to make a new one? Win 8 already exists on my m/c and the PC won't boot from the XP CD. (I have made the optical drive the first in the boot list choice). If I run setup.exe from the disk the install XP option is greyed out. Please note that what I want to do here is to add XP as a second operating system on a m/c that is already running Windows 8.
Best wishes ... John N

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:29 PM

Maybe your XP install CD is not compatible to the new HD controller, usually an SATA controller. That means you should find and slipstream the necessary drivers creating a custom Install CD for your hardware at the manufacturer’s support website.

For more info: Here . :thumbup2:

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:02 PM

Hi all,

Thanks for your inputs. I've been thinking about this for a while and had suggestions on this and other forums. 

The route I have decided to go is to use a Virtual Machine, and to this end I have installed VMWare and successfully installed Win XP within that. It seems to work well and I think I would recommend anyone to use a Virtual Machine.

I tried various other suggestions which were quite well documented, but for me, were not successful. BSOD etc

Thanks to all for their help.

As a PS the use of VMWare was suggested to me by a Microsoft support technician who uses it himself to host Win XP within Win 8.

Best wishes ... John Newell






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