Windows 10 and XP dual boot problem

#1
My grandson wants to play an old game that won't run on Win 10 64-bit so I cloned the
XP drive from an old computer with the game on it and installed that drive in my Dell Precision T3400 computer. I used EasyBCD 2.3 to create a dual boot system. XP will boot but a blue screen flashes on the display very briefly and the computer restarts.
I would expect Windows XP to show up in the Windows 10 msconfig boot menu but it doesn't.
Any suggestions?
Maybe it doesn't work with Windows 10.

I just realized there are no XP drivers for the T3400 Workstation on the cloned drive. The brief blue screen, which I can't view, probably is a result of incorrect drivers.
But, this is just a guess.
 
#2
Well, this seems to be the problem:
"I get a BSOD when I boot into Windows XP

Congratulations! As hard as it may be to believe, this means your dual-boot is working just fine. Unfortunately, after EasyBCD successfully starts to load Windows XP, it crashes. This can be caused by using an imaged copy of a Windows XP installation from another PC, a hardware mis-configuration, or one of the zillion other BSOD-causing problems. Your best bet is to perform an in-place upgrade/repair install of Windows XP and/or ask for help in our friendly forums."
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#3
Pound the F8 key after selecting XP, then choose "disable automatic restart on system failure" to see the full error text.
 
#4
Pound the F8 key after selecting XP, then choose "disable automatic restart on system failure" to see the full error text.
Thanks for the reply.

I just put the game on a Dell laptop running Windows 7 and it works fine.

I will try to remember the F8 procedure next time I have a similar problem.
 
#5
Since I had a spare laptop drive, I put it in the Windows 10 desktop and installed Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on it. The computer dual booted fine and after getting the AMD Radeon drivers and the games installed. I cloned that drive to a spare Crucial SSD drive I had installed in an EEPC Netbook which I finally threw away. I use EZ Gig IV to clone these laptop drives. With the SSD in the desktop, Windows 7 wouldn't boot and the DOS screen said some file was missing and to use my installation disk to repair the problem. I don't have the installation disk so I used EasyBCD to edit the boot menu. I removed the Windows 7 entry and then put it back...now dual boot works fine again.