I have a primary HD1 that has an installed bootable
Windows XP partition
1 that is working. And
Linux Mint in partition
5 also in primary HD1.
I need the
Windows XP partition in order to use a very old printer.
Windows XP partition is successfully boot from BIOS firmware. My current machine has UEFI firmware. That can boot with BIOS.
I assume that next computer will not support BIOS firmware booting.
The current computer firmware is:
American Megatrends Version 2.13.1216
The computer is
HP Compack Elite 8300 MT v02.05
Currently I am able to dual boot both
Windows XP and
Linux Mint from the BIOS using a twisted trick:
Installed in Windowx XP
GRUB4DOSusing software from 'AIO Boot Extractor' from here.
GRUB2to dual boot
So I have a twisted temporary solution.
I am seeking for a future/permanent solution:
I want to dual boot
Windows XP from UEFI firmware.
I found out grub2 cannot chainload MBR, it is looking for
*.efi module. And there was a grub2 module for
ntldr that is not available anymore.
What are my options. And what are the available solutions.
I considered to copy the
Windows XP parition into virtual machine. I do not know if the virtual machine host will be able to communicate with the old printer.