July 21st, 2014, 09:23 AM
install win8.1 to dual boot with xp
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.
July 21st, 2014, 12:55 PM
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.
July 21st, 2014, 06:38 PM
So it doesn't matter the drive I install win8 onm in this case, it would be G if read by xp, right?
July 21st, 2014, 07:25 PM
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.].
July 21st, 2014, 07:44 PM
Not C, yes. And 8.1 would see its drive as C and the XP drive as something else.
Originally Posted by keneso
July 22nd, 2014, 05:51 AM
Thank you both for the clarification, and suggestions.