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Windows 7: Need Help for duel boot

12 May 2013   #1
nishad

windows 8 64 bit
 
 
Need Help for duel boot

Hi All,

I brought a samsung NP550P5C-S05IN and its pre win 8 installed one. I want to insatll win xp. I did the partition with partition magic and made 4 drives. When i started installing windows xp i can only see one partition c: with 953868 MB. and its asking me to do the partition again. If i do so i will lose all my win 8 backup and installed win 8. So please help me. How can I see the partition when i install win xp on windows 8 pre installed laptop.

Thanks


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12 May 2013   #2
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
Why not install Windows XP as a Virtual Machine -- use VMware player or Vbox (both free).

Getting Windows XP to run Natively on modern hardware can be very tricky -- particularly with newer sata / e-sata HDD's as you'll have to slipstream the drives into the XP install media first to recognize all the HDD's.

The advantage is that when you want to use XP you don't have to re-boot --just start and stop (known as "Power on and Power off") the Virtual machine as a normal application - and you don't have to mess around with weird drivers.

Also if you machine has more than 4GB RAM in it then you can still use any RAM with your Windows 8 system - with XP the maximum is 4GB. - With a virtual machine you can allocate RAM as you want to --probably 1GB would be enough for a VM XP. Graphics etc is now much improved so you can play things like DVD's and run a few legacy games nowin Virtual Machines.

(It might not be very good for extreme gaming but it should certainly handle a lot of legacy games now).

I run several XP VM's on a laptop -- often have THREE (3) different XP VM systems running at the same time.

Cheers
jimbo
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12 May 2013   #3
nishad

windows 8 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your reply,

I read somewhere that in VM XP wont work properly and it will get restart in between. So it will effect my work. Is there any problem like this.
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12 May 2013   #4
gregrocker

 

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

Unless this is done exactly right, you may ruin your disk configuration. Which OS is starting up now?

Did you slipstream drivers into XP CD to get SATA support for a new Win8 PC? Did you turn off Secure Boot if this is a WIn8 PC?
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12 May 2013   #5
nishad

windows 8 64 bit
 
 

Yes, I did turn off Secure Boot. But i dont know how to do slipstream drivers into XP CD. I didn't installed XP have only one os now. When i try to install it i am not able to see the partitions which i did through partition manager in win8. I can see it as a single unpartitioned space. I am stuck there.
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12 May 2013   #6
gregrocker

 

I suggest you consider virtualizing XP in Win7 using freeware like VMWare, Virtual Player or Virtual Box.

XP doesn't have the modern SATA drivers in its installer to be installed on newer hardware, so if you plan to install it you'll need to provide them and the only way to do that during install is via floppy, or Slipstream SATA Drivers into Windows XP CD.

In addition you'll have to install 64 bit and even that may not install in UEFI mode, so if not you'd have to change to Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Mode which requires reinstalling Win8. UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums

Watch this video to understand UEFI better: Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube
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13 May 2013   #7
nishad

windows 8 64 bit
 
 

Thanks a lot. Will check and get back to you soon
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