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Old April 29th 16, 12:07 PM posted to,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:

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.

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.