Is it possible to boot Windows XP from an external hard-drive?
I have tried booting the Windows XP hard-drive from usb with an external hard-drive enclosure but unfortunately every time Windows XP begins to load, I get a blue screen. I'm thinking that it is not possible for this setup to work. Can anyone confirm that or let me know if there is something that I may not be doing? If it is not possible, are there any other solutions that may work other than swapping the hard-drive out of my computer?
Your help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
There are some utilities that can do whats called P2P adjust or Boot correction that can fix some of these problems, but if you do that, you will not be able to boot XP if you swap it internally to the laptop (you would have to do the same adjust/correction again)... I would not recommend this option without making a full backup of the hard drive first. (I am not certain this option would work either.)
I have successfully used Paragon Hard Disk Manager for P2P adjust and Boot correction to move hard drives between computers and boot styles: www.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-personal/
Alternatively, you can do all the install yourself as well, Toms hardware had a guide up for it.
What programs do you want to use?
Do you still have the product keys/media for the software?
I can understand you wanting to use that HDD if you don't have the media or product keys for the software then you would have no choice but to use the second HDD with XP installed.. but.. XP Mode is a free install for any Win 7 OS Version and would allow you to install those legacy programs and run them without the hassle.
The software packages include 3D modelling software such as CATIA, Solid Edge, and Solid Works and also Microsoft Visual Studio.
I am at another school now and what I wanted to do was use Visual Basic for project that I'm thinking of doing. I'm not much of a programmer; I just know the basics. I think I am going to change my mind and not use VB though (that way I won't need to deal with booting XP off my other hard drive). I figure that since I am going to need to do a lot of learning anyway, I will just use Python instead. It seems to me that it may be a more useful language to learn in the long run.
To make this work, you need to put winxp into a vhd disk image, than use grub4dos to boot it.
To avoid BSOD 0x7B you need a virtual scsi driver named winVblock.
I found a full article here : www.linuxbyexamples.net/2012/08/How-to-install-and...
Hope it can help you.