I need to run Windows 8 and occasionally Windows XP in my laptop. So, is it possible to use two operating systems like Windows 8 and Windows XP?

It should ask me while staring the computer for example which OS you need to load then I may choose XP, or 8 as I wish.

Any idea?

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    install windows XP first, and then WIndows 8.
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    Jan 21, 2013 at 17:22
  • but i have installed windows 8 already so is there any problem if i install windows xp now?
    – BLuMn
    Jan 21, 2013 at 17:25
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    I am sure this is probably a duplicate, but there are so many dual boot questions on the site I can't even find it.
    – Shinrai
    Jan 21, 2013 at 17:31
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    @patty general rule when you want to install two different versions of the same software on a machine at the same time - Always install the older one first. The new software may be able to recognise the old version, and work out how to co-exist (eg set up dual-boot, know which files can be overwritten with newer versions safely, etc), but there's almost no chance the old software will recognize and know what to do with the newer version if the new one's already on there.
    – GAThrawn
    Jan 21, 2013 at 17:42
  • Is there XP mode in Window 8 like there is in Win 7?
    – mdpc
    Jan 21, 2013 at 18:35


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