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Can I install Windows XP on SSD and leave Win8 on the HHD?

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January 17, 2013 9:38:05 PM

I love Win XP but when I purchased a new PC it had Win 8 which is confusing to me but like some of the upgraded features. Can I install XP on the SSD for most of my use but boot Win 8 when I want to use its features?

I have an Intel (R) Core i3-3220 CPU @ 3030GJz
8.00GB RAM
64-bit OS x64-based processor

I'm new at this so please be gentle.
January 17, 2013 10:16:08 PM

The new hardware will not have support for Windows xp. Manufacturers don't create drivers for discontinued operating systems.
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January 17, 2013 11:13:41 PM

I wouldn't recommend installing XP on a SSD. You need to tweak it a little bit to make it work normally.
a b G Storage
January 17, 2013 11:59:21 PM

If you are getting a SSD for Windows XP it will have to be either a Kingston with built in TRIM or a Intel with a external program to run TRIM on demand, otherwise you will find that your SSD will suddenly slow down after you have been using it for a while.
You should be alright with drivers for XP, but you won't know until you try it.
January 26, 2013 1:12:29 AM

:)  Thank you all for your replies. It sounds as if I need to get a little more knowledgeable before I tackle it. I will let you know how it turns out.
February 4, 2013 4:59:01 AM

blackmancer said:
this is a little complicated but possible. you need both windows 8 and xp discs.

heres a utube vid which from what little i saw seemed good

I do not have a Windows 8 disk, it was loaded on the PC at the factory. On my other PC I had 2 hard drives both with XP OS installed and I also had Linus. I could boot any OS I cared to. With another drive, it would seem that I should be able to do the same with this computer.

If I loaded the SSD with XP from my older PC then installed the drive in this one with Windows 8, wouldn't it work for dual booting?
August 28, 2013 3:23:58 AM

eggbrook said:
The new hardware will not have support for Windows xp. Manufacturers don't create drivers for discontinued operating systems.

Sorry eggbrook, you're very mistaken. ASUS, which are one of the best Motherboard makers in the business, have XP drivers for ALL their MB's, including the latest P9xx model (socket 2011). Furthermore, please note that as at August 1st, 36% of PC users worlwide were using XP!

a c 356 G Storage
August 28, 2013 5:26:55 AM

When creating a dual boot system using all windows OS's, they need installed in order from oldest to newest, so XP will need to be installed first, then win 8. There are ways around this, but there are already plenty of posts related to this topic. Just do a search in the forums for dual boot or multi boot.