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Old April 29th 16, 12:07 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-xp,microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware,alt.comp.hardware
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Default Multi boot under WinXP-32

On Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:24:19 -0700, Norm X wrote:
Hi,

I'm setting up software on a 32-bit netbook that I restored. The new drive
is a 32GB internal SSD from SuperTalent. New installation is always
rewarding. I had an installation of Android_x86 on a tiny 8GB Sansdisk
thumbdrive. Benchmarking shows the internal SSD is faster. After the
WinXP-32 installation was working nicely, I used Partition Magic to downsize
WinXP by 8GB and move Android_x86 to the free space. I had used EasyBCD with
Vista or Win7 as the boot drive for multi-boot and WinXP. Now I find that
EasyBCD does not work on WinXP. I dread the thought of an Android/Linux
solution for multiboot, but I could be wrong. I've been using multi-boot for
decades. Please suggest a way I can do WinXP multiboot into a non Windows
OS. I might add that I have used Linux install after resize of WinXP to
yield free space. Linux installs a Grub bootloader in the MBR. From my
experience, I might risk everything six months down the road.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.


You can use GRUB to boot Windows XP. GRUB is recommended is you intend to
multiboot *nix systems or if you want more control over the boot manager.

For the Window Vista+ BCD management problem from Windows XP. Use the older
EasyBCD version or use other BCD editor. The alternatice to EasyBCD I could
recommend is BOOTICE.

http://www.ipauly.com/2015/11/15/bootice/
http://www.ipauly.com/

Note:
The site is in Chinese, so use Google translate if you want to read the
site's page in English. The BOOTICE program itself is in English, BTW.
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