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Hi guys,

Building a computer for someone and they want a Windows 8 Pro and Windows XP dual boot setup.

I have created 2 partitions - C drive for Windows 8 and a D drive for Windows 8

Tried installing Windows 8 to C and Windows XP to D but it always tries to boot straight into Windows XP without the option of booting Windows 8.

Any ideas?
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post #2 of 6
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What order did you install them? Have to install win8 last so it can overwrite and add Xp in boot loader .(.xp bootloader won't recognise win 8)
If you installed Xp last then just reinstall win8, should fix it.
Xp first on c: then win8 on d: would have been my method....or even better on separate drives.
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As "cgull" said when dualbooting always install older OS first followed by newer OS.
If reinstall does not work then you need to reinstall both with XP 1st followed by Win 8.
I have been Dual booting for the last 7 years and have always used 2 HDD's but that is me. It will
work with Partitions as you know.

Here is a program that has been around for years. It is very easy to use,
allows Dual booting/Triple booting with Multiple operating systems.
It allows adding bootloader without installing older operating system first.
The documentation is Great and easy to understand. smile.gif

This is just another program to add to your list.
Best thing is it is free and the free version is all you will need.

EasyBCD
http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/EasyBCD+Documentation+Home

Have Fun smile.gif
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Or create a Windows XP VHD and boot to it tongue.gif

this is less messy than dual booting

http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2012/08/18/how-to-create-windows-8-vhd-for-boot-to-vhd-using-simple-easy-to-follow-steps.aspx

above is for Win8 but should be same for WinXP too (until step G)
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Cheers guys, reformatted installed xp then 8 and used easybcd to dual boot thanks again
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