Installing XP after Windows 8


I'm planning to install XP on a laptop that came with Windows 8 to have a dual boot.
Is it possible and safe to do a similar procedure as the one described in "Installing Windows XP after Windows Vista or Windows 7" but for Windows 8 ?


Mak 2.0

Staff member
Doubtful. As most newer machine comes with UEFI which is required by Microsoft. It is not compatible with Windows XP. Best thing you can do is try. But remember, being such a new machine, the likelyhood that you will have drivers to actually run the hardware within XP is slim to none.


Mostly Harmless
Staff member
If you have a non-UEFI machine, yes, you may. If you have a UEFI machine, you'll have to disable UEFI in the BIOS and reinstall Windows 8 from scratch to dual-boot with XP. In this case, I recommend using a virtual machine instead.