Problem is, if you boot directly into WinXP and you're at all connected to the Internet, you have exactly the same security vulnerabilities. Without the protection of a more secure OS between XP and the 'Net.
Second problem is finding hardware that XP will support, have the proper hardware drivers, etc and still be modern enough to work with Windows 7 or 8. That's not so easy to do.
There's lots of online info on how to dual boot, say, Windows 7 and 8 on the same hardware or different installations of Windows 7 on the same hardware. Those seem to be close enough together in age and hardware requirements that dual booting works for many people.
You can dual boot a Mac and Windows on Apple hardware. But the current version of Apple's Boot Camp--which is free with MacOS--only supports 64-bit versions of Win7 and Win8. Not anything earlier, definitely not WinXP.
On Jul 16, 2013, at 5:12 PM, Roderic G Stephens <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Supposedly, Win systems are capable of dual or multi-booting. I've tried to set this up a couple of times to no avail. That might be the answer to using various Windows versions on the same computer and switching to use each platform on a dedicated basis, but sharing files to each. Has anybody achieved multi-booting?