On my previous desktop computer, one of my IDE hard disks was partitoned into Drive C and Drive D. Each of the partitions had an installation of XP Pro so it was a dual-boot system.
My desktop system no longer works so now I have a laptop system with Windows 8. However, I have some important applications installed on C and D partitons of my hard disk drive which I need to run. I am assuming they wouldn't work directly in Windows 8.
If I connect that hard disk to my laptop with an IDE to USB adapter would I be able to boot from the external drive or do I need to do something else to run my XP applications of my older hard disk?
Or if I installl VMWare or another such program would I thne be boot with the XP Pro installed on my (now) external USB drive?
Widonws 8 has an XP compatibility mode by right clicking on the program. Also, Windows 8 Pro has a Hyper-V mode that would allow you to install and run Windows XP from within Windows 8.
Another thing. When I use Troubleshoot Compatibility then many of the XP apps ask me for the serial numbers again. After more than 10 years, I don't remember where I wrote them down. So I need to be able to boot up in XP from an external device or from another partition to run those applications.