Windows 10: Windows 10 & XP dual boot. Best way?
Actually you won't believe it, but I found exactly the same page myself just now: unfortunately I get 'HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable'; maybe I can't access it from where I am (Sri Lanka). I was coming back here to report!
I did find this however:
Download Asus P6X58D-E drivers for Windows 7/XP/Vista, BIOS
Looks like everything I need is there, assuming the info is correct and the O/S will actually install the XPx64 drivers when I download them. I have working video drivers I think for the GTX470.
Thanks for taking the time to search this out on my behalf and for the detailed reply, it's much appreciated: I'll come back to this thread when I'm in London (5 weeks well-earned leave from my job here!) and am doing the reinstall. (I've ordered a brand new gaming PC based on an i7-4790K, which is why I am revamping the old one).
Well just remember where you came for help and have a great time on your vacation. I used to have to look drivers for people back in the XP and Vista days quite often while 10 on the other hand now looks them up for you it seems!
I just edited my previous post.. it wasn't quite accurate as I originally wrote it.
Yes, I shall use this forum for Win10. I have been using the sister Win7 forum for years....
That's where I came from while being on the 8 Forums for a short time to look over the 8 Customer Preview but decided to wait a few and then 10 came along! A good number of people rejected 8 while the word on 8.1 was a bit more favorable. But I knew back in 2012 I would need to wait a few more versions and 10 is here!
Yes, I had to use Win8 at work 2 years back, and hated it. I've never had it on my home PCs. My office here has Win7...
My new gaming PC has Windows 7 x64, which I think is a better bet than Windows 10, as some of my older gaming hardware is not going to support the new O/S, driver-wise. For the old PC however, it seems a good idea to give Windows 10 a go, though, as I say, XP will be the default as I have software that will not run in Windows 10...
Is it worth splashing out on a cheap 2nd SSD, so that I can install the O/Ss onto different physical drives? I don't want to spend much (anything really!), having just spent £1700 on a new PC, but it sounds like trying on one SSD is going to be a nightmare...
The cheap ones I've been looking at (£40 maximum - 120GB or 64GB is good) aren't well thought of though. But maybe this (a 120GB 850 EVO would be about £15 more)??
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Do you really need XP to have direct hardware access? You can simplify this entire process by just virtualizing XP. The software to do so is free and won't cause any issues with your native install of Windows 10.
I have no idea to be honest. What is 'direct hardware access'? And what are the limitations if XP doesn't have it? I'm afraid I don't really know anything about this .. How would I 'virtualise' XP? What does that even mean? (Like drive mapping??). I guess I can Google it...
Apart from my own use, I am also setting up the PC so that my 90 year-old mother can do her emails and browse the internet, so it must be kept simple to use!
Virtualizing basically means you run a program, such as VMWare Player or VirtualBox, both of which are free. They let you set up a computer within a computer, so Windows XP would run almost like an application. Windows 10 would still be running, so there's no rebooting to switch OSes.
The operating systems are separate, so there's no chance a boot loader gets messed up. You can allow some hardware to be accessible in the virtual computer, like USB flash drives, printers, etc. In my opinion, dual-booting died out a few years ago when PC hardware, mainly the processors, came with virtualization features built-in.
If you aren't familiar with the technology, definitely look in to it. I use it at home and professionally for various reasons, such as testing new OSes, playing with Linux, or maintaining some old OS for compatibility sake.
I was never able to get remote printing going on VBox or VM Player while now with Hyper-V that could work here. But likewise simply trying something out on a 32bit 7 VM to see if the XP app works there would eliminate the worry over XP entirely and see the same work on the newer version. As I was pointing out before a good deal of old XP apps will run on the 32bit 7 that wouldn' t on the 32bit Vista since 7 offers a greater deal of backward compatibility!
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