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dual booting in WIN 8

by lvartist / March 22, 2013 6:54 AM PDT

Just installed Win 8 on a new hard drive. "Almost" everything works fine. However my scanner, colorimeter and a couple programs are not compatible. I do not need to use the incompatible hardware/software very often. But when I do, I would like to boot the computer into XP and use them. I've done some research on this topic. Partitioning the Win 8 primary drive does not appear to be an issue. But, can I dual boot 2 operating systems if Win 8 is now the primary and only OS on the HD?

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And the other way.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2013 7:55 AM PDT
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I have this one last thing I run XP for. It's some USB Microscope and because VirtualBox gives me USB support through the VM I installed VirtualBox and put XP in a box. Just super for that occasional need.

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Vitual Box
by lvartist / March 22, 2013 8:13 AM PDT
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Looks close.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 23, 2013 1:48 AM PDT
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by lvartist / March 23, 2013 11:39 AM PDT
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Downloaded the files from Got everything up and running. Required a couple attempts at a VirtualBox install. Had problems getting it to recognize a flashdrive. Finally succeeded.

I am mainly using VB to run an old version of QuickBooks. It works ok.

Ideally I would still like to be able to dual boot. The screen in VB is a bit limiting.

Thanks for your help and recommendations.

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Here I can make the virtualbox full screen.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2013 7:08 AM PDT
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But as you discovered, dual boot has its issues. Such as install order, costs for the OSes and more.

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The normal way to do it is Windows 8 last
by wpgwpg / March 22, 2013 7:22 AM PDT
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The normal (and recommended) way to do dual boot is to install the oldest OS first, in your case this would be XP. Then install the newest OS (Windows Cool last. This works well on numerous PCs I've set up this way. There are ways to do it the other way, but personally I don't recommend them because they seem too complicated and error prone. The other approach would be virtualization with something like Hyper-V or Oracle Virtual Box which would allow you to run a licensed copy of XP under Windows 8. Oracle Virtual Box is much much easier and workable than Hyper-V. Virtualization would give you the advantage of not having to reboot to get XP running.

Good luck.

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