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"Workaround" for running XP on Ivy Bridge chipset

by Hvomedia / March 17, 2013 3:56 AM PDT

I am working in a large company that have more than 20 000 computers running Windows XP. They are being replaced with Windows 7 PC's, but this operation will not finish until 2015.

We are starting to run into a problem that new hardware will not be supported by Windows XP. The first issue at the moment is the lack of drivers to Ivy Bridge chipset.

Is there any good ways to install XP on future PC's? Like using 3. party drivers etc? Plan B will be to "re-use" old parts.

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Re: XP
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 17, 2013 4:12 AM PDT

Why not contact the company you buy your PC's from (and a few others) and see what they have to offer for new (or refurbished?) PC's that are both XP and Windows 7 compatible.


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Also ...
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 17, 2013 4:14 AM PDT

consider the option to run XP in the Windows 7 virtual PC, if that fits into the company's infrastructure. Then fully switching to Windows 7 in 2014 or 2015 will not involve new hardware, only removal of that vritual PC and installation of the Windows 7 versions of the software.


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For starters you want legacy BIOS, not EUFI
by wpgwpg / March 17, 2013 4:17 AM PDT

If the new PCs don't have a way to use the legacy BIOS, it will be somewhere between extremely difficult and impossible. If it does, the next thing would be SATA. To install XP, you'll need to go into BIOS setup and set the hard drive to run in IDE mode (i.e. turn off AHCI). Obviously you'll need to get NIC drivers, but you can solve that with an expansion card. As for chipset, that could prove to be very difficult - I don't have the answer for that. If the new computers have Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate, you can use the free XP mode - that might be a good stopgap.

Good luck.

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Not really
by Jimmy Greystone / March 17, 2013 5:40 AM PDT

Not really, and whomever it is that is in charge of this rollout should have thought of this BEFORE purchasing. Your best bet would be the XP Mode in Win 7 Pro and above assuming the programs your company uses don't run just fine on Win 7 without the need of any special intervention. Always funny how backwards compatibility with old software is one of the biggest selling points of Windows, but everyone immediately leaps to the conclusion that XYZ Program will not work every time there's a new version of Windows.

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Why do you need that driver?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 17, 2013 5:45 AM PDT

If this is the usual machine with IDE BIOS EMULATION you can use the default XP driver and yes, it may run slower but it will run.

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