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Duel Boot Problem

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by geminih58, Apr 15, 2014.

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  1. geminih58

    geminih58 Thread Starter

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    i have installed windows xp pro on a separate partition on my hard drive , i am already running windows 8.1 on my c drive the problem is when i boot up i only get the option to boot into windows 8.1, windows xp does not appear in the boot menu, i installed windows xp on my spare partition to run some older programmes but when my pc boots up it boots straight into windows 8.1 there is no option to boot into windows xp, if anyone can help i would be most grateful.
     
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    That's strange. Maybe we can see a clue in a screen shot of the Disk Management window. If you need help with a screen shot see TSG Posting a Screenshot. FWIW to take screen shots with Windows 8 or 7 or Vista I prefer to use the built-in Snipping Tool.
     
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    Many Thanks for your reply, i have attached a screenshot of my hard drive partitions.
     

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    Typically when you install an older Windows after a newer one only the older one is in the boot list. So your case is doubly mysterious.

    Try the free EasyBDC to see if it will find and let you add the XP to the boot menu. Caveat: I have used the program with XP and with Windows 7, but have never tried it with Windows 8 or 8.1.
     
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    I have already tried EasyBDC but unfortunately it will not work with windows 8.1, looks like i may be stumped with this, Many Thanks for your help.
     
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    Try again with Easybcd. It does work with Windows 8/8.1 Do you have the latest (2.2)
     
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    Hi, Can you possibly give me a step by step guide of how to use Easybcd correctly in order to achieve this, as maybe i am using the software incorrectly. Many Thanks.
     
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    I think that you did not successfully install XP. For sure if you install XP after Vista or Windows 7 you'll only be able to boot to XP and need something like EasyBCD to set up the dual boot. Maybe something greatly changed in Windows 8 to prevent the XP installation to mess up the boot of the Windows 8, but I have my doubts.

    The EasyBCD documentation covers the above. But I couldn't find anything in it to cover your situation of not being able to boot the older version of Windows.
     
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    Hi, I have just deleted my second partition which i installed Windows XP on, i now only have one large partition ( my (C) drive which i have Windows 8.1 on, what is the best way to proceed to install Windows XP correctly and hopefully duel boot with Windows 8.1, Many Thanks for all your help.
     
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    I think that you will be happier if you end up with a dual boot than with a duel boot. :D

    IMO the best way is to install XP first and then install 8.1.

    The second best way is probably to follow the instructions in the EasyBCD documentation in the section Installing XP as a second OS.
     
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    Ha Ha yes dual is always best,unfortunately i cannot reinstall Windows 8.1 because i downloaded it using only the product key direct from Microsoft Store and even my Windows 8 installation was downloaded electronically from Microsoft on line store so i do not have any physical installation discs to reinstall Windows 8 or 8.1. ,on the bright side however i do have an installation disc for Windows XP, so if i cannot get a dual boot by installing Windows XP second then i guess i will have to give up.
     
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    You would be wise to first make sure you have a way to "recover" your Windows 8.1 in case of catastrophe. "Catastrophe" could include the hard drive becoming defective and could include something going really badly when you do any partitioning work (shrinking, deleting, installing another OS, etc.). My safety valve is a backup image on external hard drive using Macrium Reflect free, but I post that just as an example.
     
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    Ok , Many Thanks again for all your help, if i have any success i will let you know.
     
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    You're welcome. :) And, yes, we want to hear of your successes.
     
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