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#1 mikem3

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 02:41 PM

Hi Everybody,

 

I recently got a PC with 8.1 installed, I have lots of programmes

on my XP machine that I would like to keep.

 

Is it possible to just stick a USB plug or adapter on to the SATA

HDD that has the XP on it and plug it int a machine with 8.1 on it?

 

If not is there any way to isolate the XP so that it won't interfere

with the 8.1?

 

If none of the above can be done, is there any way to transfer

the individual programmes into the 8.1 machine?

 

Both PCs are in working order.

 

The new machine has no provision to add a 2nd HDD, or I would

do so as I did in the past.

 

Thank you for reading this.

 

I look forward to your replies, hopefully with a solution.

 

Mike.



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 03:09 PM

Well...it seems that you want to combine two different Windows versions with differing hardware components...onto one system.  I don't think that can happen.

 

But...take a look at http://superuser.com/questions/790266/can-i-install-windows-xp-after-installing-windows-8-1 .

 

Of course...even if you can get XP on the new system...the incompatibilities of the drivers or the necessity for a clean install...each will deprive you of your goal, IMO.

 

Moving this topic to Win 8 forum.

 

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 04:47 PM

Thank you for replying hamluis,

 

I don't want to mix the two systems, I doubt that it is possible anyway,

that is why I ask the questions.

 

I only want some of the software that is on the old drive, I would like

to remove the XP, or isolate it somehow., if not then move the old

programmes to the new machine.

 

Mike.



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Posted 09 June 2015 - 06:52 AM

You can mount the XP drive with USB to an 8.1 system.

You will be able to access the files, but won't be able to run any programs.

 

You cannot copy programs easily from one computer to another - and attempting to do it from XP to 8.1 is fraught with difficulties and maybe even incompatibilities.

 

The easiest thing here (IMO) would be to:

- create an image of the XP hard drive that can be mounted inside a virtual machine.

- install that virtual machine on the Windows 8.1 system

- then copy the image of the XP hard drive to the 8.1 system

- then launch the virtual machine and load the XP image so you can work on it in the virtual machine.

Presuming that the virtual machine can handle the differences in drivers, this should work for you.

Should it not work, then you'd have to install XP into the virtual machine, then install the programs onto that copy of XP (inside the virtual machine) and use it from there.


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Posted 10 June 2015 - 04:53 AM

Thanks again usasma, I am bewginning to think that

I will not be able to do any of what I would like to do.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 06:45 AM

Post back in the Software or XP forums with the name of the programs.

Others may be able to suggest replacements that you'll be happy with.


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