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I am trying to install Windows XP on a Z170 machine with a Skylake processor. Although I am aware that Microsoft has discontinued support for XP, I want to install it on a secondary hard drive for compatibility with some old video games. I cannot use a Virtual Machine for a variety of reasons.

After using nLite to slipstream in some AHCI drivers, I burned the image to an installation CD using the built-in functionality in Windows 10. I then connected a PS/2 mouse and keyboard to prevent any possible issues with USB compatibility under the Skylake chipset. Almost immediately after rebooting into my installation CD, however, my computer crashes with the message "NTDetect Failed."

Google tells me that this error is generally related to corrupted system files. However, the same iso file I used to burn my CD boots correctly inside of Virtualbox. Burning a new CD didn't change anything, either.

I'm not sure what else to try at this point. Does anyone know what's going on? Is there anything else I can do, or is it simply not possible to install XP on a Skylake machine?

Edit: Just to reiterate, the problem is not related to USB! I am using optical media + a PS/2 mouse and keyboard in order to avoid any possible issues with USB compatibility.

  • Z170 chipset may not be natively supporting Windows XP. Have you also checked the motherboard / chipset manual for OS support? – patkim Mar 22 '16 at 21:27
  • Chipset manual? My motherboard manual doesn't mention Windows XP at all. – Wowfunhappy Mar 22 '16 at 21:32
  • Intel stopped supporting booting to USB 2.0 devices. Windows XP has no support for USB 3.0 devices. This is entirely separate from USB compatibility mode by the way – Ramhound Mar 22 '16 at 21:33
  • I know--that's why I'm not using USB at all (except for one test). I'm using a PS/2 mouse and keyboard, and booting from a physical CD. – Wowfunhappy Mar 22 '16 at 21:34
  • See this...forum.hwbot.org/showthread.php?t=142991 – Moab Mar 22 '16 at 22:21

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