Having a older, but trustworthy Windows XP desktop, I wondered if I could add on Windows 8 to it and update it. I didn’t want to get rid of my Windows XP, I just wanted to install Windows 8 in a separate partition. Here’s are my notes.
- Defraged the main hard drive. C:
- Installed Easeus Partition Manager – Free Version – and created a second partition on my primary drive.
- Ran the Windows Upgrade Assistant.
- Paid for Windows 8, $39.99, and downloaded it. It downloads to your Desktop.
- Note – I have read that if you are downloading from a 32 bit machine, you will only download a 32 bit version of Windows 8. To download the 64 bit version, you need to go to the email which is sent to you and do the download from a 64 bit machine.
- PROBLEMS – normally I would get the download to the ISO file option, but not now. Windows wanted to install to my C: and wipe out my drive – no thank you.
- Luckily I had a previous Windows 8 disk which I had previously burned.
- Booted from the disk, not sure if it was 32 bit or 64 bit, and installed Windows 8 on the 2nd partition.
- I now have two options when I reboot. I can stick with the tried and true Windows XP or go with the new and improved Windows 8.
- You will have to adjust your Libraries. I keep my all my “Data” on a separate hard drive.