How to set up this Trible Boot?

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    Mick Macker

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    Hi, basically I'm looking to set up a triple boot of Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows XP.

    At the moment I have Windows 8 and Windows 7 dual boot.

    How would I go about getting the three installed simultaneously I know if I install XP now it'll mess up the boot and I'll probably lose everything.

    What should I do?
     
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    In order to do something like that you may want to investigate using something like EasyBCD.
    I haven't used it for quite some time but I've heard other have had good results.
    You may want to investigate thoroughly before proceeding as the Windows 8 boot loader is slightly unique. Typically you would install the operating systems in sequence, oldest first to newest last. Installing XP last may require you to perform a repair from your Windows 8 installation media in order to get your boot menu back.
     
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    I frequently reinstall, and mess with, alternative MS OSs. What I have done is made an Acronis image of Windows 8, my primary OS. Whenever I install alternatives, I then re-establish the image, which takes precedence in the boot managers.
    I haven't tried it, but, in your case, I would make a complete image of your present system. I'm assuming you have the Windows 8 boot manager operative?
    After you have installed XP, you can then do as I suggest. You may still, as Trouble suggests, need to use a program such as EasyBCD to manually put XP into the boot manager, but you will, of course, have retained the Windows 8 boot manager.
     
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    Thanks guys so much for the replies. I've used EasyBCD before the problem is it usually messes things up further for me!
    I might try what davehc has suggested it looks like the best option other than just formatting and installing again.
     
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    And keep in mind - a useful spinoff - the image method also retains the activation.
     
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    That's actually very important for me. I lost my original cases for the installation CD's with the activation code. Was planning on using some blackhat method to activate it, which probably would've landed me a virus haha. Thank you for all your help.
     
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