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Windows 8 doesnt detect XP (dual booting)

Hi,

I had windows 8 on my system and I recently installed windows xp on it due to some compatibility of old games.

Since Windows XP bootloader replaces the Windows 8 one, I fixed the bootloader by using Troubleshoot options on Win 8 disk -> Command Prompt -> bootrec /fixmbr.

Now Im getting the windows 8 loader but it doesnt detect the Windows XP boot entry. I tried using bootrec /rebuildbcd and bootrec /scanOS but they say "Windows installations as 0"

I've also tried using Easy BCD i.e creating new entry as windows xp highlighting the partition.

Now, windows xp boot entry is added but the boot doesnt go through and shows some error.

Can anyone diagnose my issue?

Thank you.
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    Actually to have dual boot, you have to install previous version of windows, then the newer one.
    Basically you have to install first Windows XP and then Windows 8 otherwise windows XP's bootloader would override Windows 8's bootloader.

    That won't work in any case if you won't follow the right serial.
  2. luckiest charm said:
    Actually to have dual boot, you have to install previous version of windows, then the newer one.
    Basically you have to install first Windows XP and then Windows 8 otherwise windows XP's bootloader would override Windows 8's bootloader.

    That won't work in any case if you won't follow the right serial.


    Well, the following tut shows the reverse can be possible. I read somewhere that windows 8 is achievable the same way. Im not sure what went wrong in my installation..

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html?ltr=D
  3. To be honest I am telling from my own experience. I have also tried to do that with Windows XP and Windows 7 and I had to face a hell a lot of problems with that. I did that on these tutorials and at the end of the day I had to wipe out both my windows and do a fresh install of first XP, then Windows 7.

    The thing with XP is that, since it is old, it knows the bootloaders of only Windows NT, 2000, 98, 95 (The ones older than it). It does not know the bootloader of Windows 8 since it is new and thus overrides it.

    There isn't any other way, I tried them all, nothing works but makes things even worse.
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