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Multi Boot windows 8 and XP


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#1 jwbray08

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

Alright I must admit im an idiot :blink: I installed windows xp on another partiion after I installed windows 8 to a different partition. Now I cant get my Windows 8 to boot up. I tried downloading and running EasyBCD and 8 still wont boot. What can I do to make my windows 8 boot? I dont even care if I lose my Windows XP partition..

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:27 PM

Try these steps:

1. Download and install Visual BCD v.0.9.3.1 in XP.
2. On Desktop click "Dual-boot Repair", then "Automatic Repair".

This will make system boot to Windows 8 by default.

3. Install Visual BCD again in Win 8.

4. Run Visual BCD Editor, select "Create missing Windows loaders" from pop-up menu.

This will add XP to boot menu.

On reboot you shoud have Win8 and XP in boot menu.

#3 GSGregg

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Posted 20 June 2016 - 06:58 PM

Hello. After 3-1/2 years, yet another XP dinosaur surfaces.

 

I am considering this same thing---adding W8.1 to an XP comp, and would like to know if 32-bit XP (and its 32-bit CPU) and a modern 64-bit OS can coexist.

 

(I will worry about whether it's permitted by the IP provider later.)

 

Thanks; Gregg


Edited by GSGregg, 20 June 2016 - 07:17 PM.


#4 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 05:38 PM

 

if 32-bit XP (and its 32-bit CPU) and a modern 64-bit OS can coexist.

 

Short answer - no !

 

Longer answer, if you are intending running 64 bit Win 8.1 on a 32 bit Win XP machine it won't. Depending on the hardware on the XP machine you might get 32 bit 8.1 to run. 32 bit XP would run on a 64 bit 8.1 machine - either as dual boot or in a VM - but not the other way around.

 

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Posted 26 June 2016 - 03:55 PM

Thank you, Chris;  sorry it took me so long to get back (no email notifications, I guess?)

 

I had the impression that 8.1 came in 64-bit only, and going 32-bit may diminish the benefit of upgrading

 

Thanks again; Gregg

 

 

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