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#1 MaPa

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 14:23

Hello everyone.

At this moment I have testing Windows 8 trial. I just wonder how to use vhd file with Windows XP in Windows 8. I know how to attach vhd file, but how to boot Windows XP when laptop starts. Now I have dual boot: Win7 and Win8. I want to add WinXP to boot menu. Can anyone tell me how to do it? Is it possible to do this? Sorry for my bad english, I'm still learning :)


#2 Gotenks98

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 14:32

I don't think Windows XP can boot from vhd like 7 and 8 can. You can however run it inside of hyper-v as a virtual machine using vhd.

#3 UXGaurav

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 18:13

Neosmart EasyBCD?

#4 n_K

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 18:16

Neosmart EasyBCD?

Not sure if it can boot XP via a VHD but recommended to try it, I had it for multibooting W7, XP and Mac OSX and it worked great! :D

#5 nhjay

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 18:35

XP can't boot from a VHD, you have to run it as a guest OS via a virtual machine app like 8's built in hyper-v feature, virtualbox or vmware. Or do a full install and dual boot it.

#6 OP MaPa

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 20:06

damn ... thx for the anwsers

#7 +Brando212

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 20:11

yeah the booting directly from vhd file feature wasn't added until Windows 7

#8 UXGaurav

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:13

LOL the boot feature depends on the boot loader and other components depending on the app. EasyBCD can easily boot an XP VHD or Linux.

#9 OP MaPa

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:12

thx man, i'll try it after work.