XP to Windows 10 system from ssd

#1
I am trying to add XP to my boot options on a new windows 10 custom system. I have several old Dell computers with many XP programs that I would like to be able to access. My new system has multiple ssd drives and I have imaged two of the old hard drives and have them installed and recognized, but when I try to boot from either the system shuts down "to protect the computer". I then need to restart and the easybcd program gives me the option of windows 10 or windows xp. Unfortunately I no longer have the original disks from these systems. Is there a way I can get XP to boot on my new system and be able to run these programs without buying a new copy of XP ?
 

Terry60

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#2
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Multiboot Win 7 doesn't work on 8.1
Same applies, even more so for a much older OS.
XP does have the advantage of "Repair Install", but you'll need an installation CD to do it.
 
#3
Thanks Terry. I was hoping for an easy solution but coming to the conclusion it wouldn't work. It's not important enough for me to buy a new copy of XP, I have tried (successfully) adding the old hard drive to my new system but the XP will not boot from that either. I guess I will just keep both systems up & running and transfer any data needed to the new custom 10 system..
 

Terry60

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#4
If you know anyone (like me) who keeps all old installation CD/DVDs, temporary access to a copy of XP would be enough, provided you still know your XP full-retail key.