reboot old hdd windows XP Vista and 7


  1. Posts : 7
    windows 10
       #1

    reboot old hdd windows XP Vista and 7


    Over the years my desktop has migrated to new widows, eventually to W10 with new HD Drives.
    I would like to bootup these drives XP, Vista, W7, to run old programs,
    My Question is, am I likely to damage anything and will they work (not needing internet) or will the data get damaged, I still sometimes mount these drives for old data.
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    You've run your PC from these drives before when you were using those OS? If so, then there's no reason they shouldn't still run today.

    If this is a new PC or has a different motherboard from the one they originally ran on, then they may not be able to run on this PC, or may need some bios settings changed before they'll run. If you want to be sure no damage can be done to your current W10 drives, then remove them before you try installing the old ones.

    A completely safe alternative would be to mount those old drives and make a system image of each of them with Macrium Reflect Free v8. If you install Reflect v8 in your Windows 10 then you can use Macrium's viBoot to run those system images as virtual machines, with Hyper-V if you have Windows 10 Pro, or (new for v8) with VirtualBox if you have 10 Home. They may (or may not) activate when running as a VM, but should give you a chance to run a few things.

    Macrium viBoot - Knowledgebase 8.0 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase

    Macrium viBoot - Create Virtual Machine using Macrium Image
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  3. Posts : 193
    Win 10 - 21H1
       #3

    Bree said:
    You've run your PC from these drives before when you were using those OS? If so, then there's no reason they shouldn't still run today.
    I echo what Bree said, plus, if the connector fits, damage won't happen. Any possible data loss will be initiated by the user, following warnings.

    One thing I will mention, Win10 comes with compatibility settings to run based on previous operating systems. I am aware of cases where that isn't enough, though.
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  4. Posts : 7
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    My experience over the years was that many XP apps drivers carried forward during upgrades to new OS but a clean install lost the compatibility and if that app was no longer supported then old drivers failed to work, and new programs had to be purchased.
    ; built in obsolescence as happened with W7.
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  5. Megahertz's Avatar
    Posts : 3,498
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
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    XP, Vista and Win7 installations donīt have some drivers (like SATA and USB3.x) required on new hardware. As your computer is from XP era it may work without many issues.

    Why do you think Win7 is obsolete...
    I still use win 7 and never found anything that I canīt do.
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
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    Only issues I had with WinXP was there weren't many programs fully compatible with the 64-bit version of Pro but it still could run 32-bit programs as well as 16-bit programs. I still have a 32-bit WinXP Desktop, haven't checked if my WinXP Pro will install and run on it.
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  7. Posts : 7
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    While we are on incompatibility Microsoft emasculated winhlp files by sending them to a STU website.
    I have found a way to get them working.
    1. past a copy of winhlp32.exe onto desktop or in the folder where the .hlp fils are.
    2. Drag the xxxx.hlp file to the winhlp32.exe file and it will open normally.
    3 Do not use shortcut or or windows open commands as windows may emasculate the file.
    I have tried this successfully on 32 bit PC and also 64 bit Laptop both recent windows10.Good luck
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