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  • Question

  • How to safely dual boot Windows 10 Home/64-bit (existing) with Windows XP Pro SP3/32-bit?

    Thanks.


    Thursday, March 9, 2017 7:18 PM

Answers

  • Windows XP has reached the end of its lifecycle and is no longer supported by Microsoft. If you have a new PC that came with Windows 10 preinstalled, you'll be unable to install the obsolete Windows XP operating system due to the new UEFI design of the PC's motherboard.

    Carey Frisch

    Saturday, March 11, 2017 7:55 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Wafik Fahmy.

    The only way for you to create such dual boot configuration is creating a new partition on the drive, installing Windows XP and using software like EasyBCD to modify the Windows BCD so it can be able to allow you to choose the OS to boot at the system's startup.
    Anyway, you have to verify that your system can support Windows XP: many new computers do not have drivers for that old Windows version; furthermore, you need to use a disk partitioning tool to shrink the actual partition hosting Windows 10.
    Personally, I'd install Windows XP in a virtual machine.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno
    MCP, MCTS, MOS, MTA

    Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:08 PM

All replies

  • Hi Wafik Fahmy.

    The only way for you to create such dual boot configuration is creating a new partition on the drive, installing Windows XP and using software like EasyBCD to modify the Windows BCD so it can be able to allow you to choose the OS to boot at the system's startup.
    Anyway, you have to verify that your system can support Windows XP: many new computers do not have drivers for that old Windows version; furthermore, you need to use a disk partitioning tool to shrink the actual partition hosting Windows 10.
    Personally, I'd install Windows XP in a virtual machine.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno
    MCP, MCTS, MOS, MTA

    Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:08 PM
  • Windows XP has reached the end of its lifecycle and is no longer supported by Microsoft. If you have a new PC that came with Windows 10 preinstalled, you'll be unable to install the obsolete Windows XP operating system due to the new UEFI design of the PC's motherboard.

    Carey Frisch

    Saturday, March 11, 2017 7:55 PM
    Moderator