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    install win8.1 to dual boot with xp


    Hi,

    I have a pc with xp pro 32 bit, it has 3 physical HDD:
    C: xp pro
    D: and F: data
    I bought a new HDD, and want to install win8.1 on it,

    I'd like to have ability to access the xp to use some software that I have, and don't need to upgrade: hence I need to be able to select which OS to use at boot.

    How should I go to have this setup?
    A step by step would be appreciated very much.

    Thank you
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    Windows is pretty good about dual-booting with other Windows installations. Especially when the older version is installed first. (It's when you mix Windows with non-Windows that it's a little more awkward.)

    Go ahead and install it. If the boot menu doesn't then offer both XP and 8.1 then it's easy to fix that - no reinstallation needed.
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    Thank you.

    So it doesn't matter the drive I install win8 onm in this case, it would be G if read by xp, right?
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    make sure you create a system backup image of your XP install partition before you start this endeavor, in case you run into problems/difficulties [which can arise when performing this type of feat; such as boot issues, corrupted MBR, accidentally choosing the wrong HDD for win8.1 install, etc.].
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    Originally Posted by keneso
    Thank you.

    So it doesn't matter the drive I install win8 onm in this case, it would be G if read by xp, right?
    Not C, yes. And 8.1 would see its drive as C and the XP drive as something else.
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    Thank you both for the clarification, and suggestions.

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