1. Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 69
       2 Days Ago #1

    Windows 10 dual boot with XP - problems.

    Hi all,
    I had Windows XP on my hard drive for a long time, created a separate partition and
    installed Windows 10. (both 32 bit).

    Windows 10 is working fine, it set up the dual boot menu where I can also select
    Windows XP ("earlier version of Windows").
    Problem is, in XP, I've been getting some strange crashes in programs I've run for years. For example,
    Firefox, avast anti-virus and Tmpgenc mpeg encoder. A thing in common based on the diagnostics I've been
    able to gather, is program exception illegal operation.

    I've been scratching my head, when I got the idea to temporarily restore XP's boot loader and boot it directly.
    Once I did, all the problems stopped and it was working normally again. Later ran Windows 10 RE and did the "startup
    repair" to re-implement the Windows 10 dual boot menu, and sure enough, the problems in XP resumed.

    Does anybody have any thoughts or theories as to what may be happening?
    Any idea's appreciated

    Thanks -
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Professional
       22 Hours Ago #2

    Hello davexnet,

    From your description, it does sound like the different Windows boot loaders are affecting the operation of your dual-boot system.
    Have you considered the use of a stand-alone 3rd-party boot-loader?
    Perhaps this approach would permit Windows XP and Windows 10 to operate properly. The chart here offers some idea as to what is available--> Comparison of boot loaders - Wikipedia
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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