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Dual boot with windows 10 and xp


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#1 jazzyanne

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 06:33 PM

Hello, I'm new.
Although I have done this, I just don't recall.
I have a Dell Optiplex 9010 with Windows 10 used for audio. I have another pc with xp and some legacy sound cards.
Can I just take the XP SSD drive out of one and put in the Dell Windows 10 pc and dual boot?
Then I can choose between the old XP sound card or I can choose to use the more modern 64bit sound card in Windows 10.
Thanks for any help

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 06:53 PM

You can't expect XP to boot if you move it between computers with different hardware and I doubt XP has the drivers for the advanced hardware of the 9010.

 

Even if you could get it to boot from the different hardware From this video it seems the 9010 has UEFI/SecureBoot enabled when installed with Windows 10. In order to boot from a UEFI enabled computer the disk drive has to be initialized as GPT vs MBR. XP cannot boot from a GPT disk on a UEFI enabled computer. Your only chance to boot XP would be if you disabled SecureBoot and enabled Legacy CSM boot along with enabling the Legacy Boot Menu each time you wanted to boot XP. Not practical even if XP could be booted on the 9010.

 

If you have the RAM the best option may be to download Virtual Box and install XP into a Virtual Machine.



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Posted 05 June 2017 - 02:10 PM

Thanks JohnC






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