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Can Windows XP be installed on Sandy Bridge Intel CPU?

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I have an athlon 3200+ Amd single core cpu with ATI480 motherboard from2007 wih 2gb ram..It works awesome.It has windows xp professional with sp3.

 

On a second hard drive on the same box i have windows 7. It works fine although I don't like it /use it very often when I boot the pc up.

 

I am going to buy a new pc and after doing much research have settled on an Intel cpu and the question is Would there be any issues with running Windows XP with a Sandy Bridge processor?

Specifically a quad core i5-2500K processor which after much research seems to be very good in price and performance.

 

Has anyone here installed xp on a intel sandy bridge cpu/motherboard and what were the results?

 

I have asked other people but they keep going on and on that I should use windows 7 & 8 even after I told them i want xp to be the main system.

 

Some people say it is impossible to install xp on sandy bridge cpu/motherboard.

 

Also the motherboard should also have 1 IDE hard drive drive connector to allow older pata as a secondary data drive.




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Yes, it is very possible. I have it installed and work daily on it* and I suspect many others have. In fact, IMHO it is the last generation for which XP drivers can be (easily) found.

 

* Server 2003 to be exact (but of course drivers are for XP), and also I did a test installation of XP to see if it works. Yes, it worked.  :yes:


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Yes, it is very possible. I have it installed and work daily on it* and I suspect many others have. In fact, IMHO it is the last generation for which XP drivers can be (easily) found.

 

* Server 2003 to be exact (but of course drivers are for XP), and also I did a test installation of XP to see if it works. Yes, it worked.  :yes:

 

 

Thanks for you reply.Could you tell me what motherboard model/make it is?

 

or if a ready made pc what model/make and what cpu and from where you purchased it..

 

 

 

Also how well does it run...is it fast and smooth?



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It's this one. Everything works, except maybe Virtu (I haven't bothered with it even on Win7; in fact, I put a graphic card and switched off Intel integrated gfx).

 

USB 3 also works (Now I realized I haven't measured the speed), charging of phone with shut down computer also works, that's important for me. 

 

I didn't notice any degradation of performance of the SSD either, although there is no TRIM support in 2003.

 

It's overcklocked to 4,6 Ghz and it's buttery smooth. Now I'm bragging.  With adequate cooling, of course (Noctua). I've seen more BSODs on Win7 on this computer (dual boot) than on 2003. For most of them, I know what caused them (unpolished ATI gfx drivers and my tinkering).

 

Both OSes are tweaked to the max (also removed components), but 2003 is noticeably faster in boot times, opening folders etc..

 

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I have XP SP3 on an 3770K i7 (Ivy Bridge) on a Z68 based motherboard (Asus P8Z68-V LX): it works perfectly and it's blazing fast.

All drivers are official and easily findable, including the Intel Graphics, for chipsets up to and including the Z68 and processors up to and including the Ivy Bridge. So you should really have no problem at all with your chosen processor. But do avoid Panther Point chipset (B75-Z77) based boards, because that's where driver availability problems begin. However, most intersting boards do not have IDE anymore, but you might very well add any one of them a trusty Promise Ultra133 add-on card you may get over on eBay quite cheap, and that'd give you the ability to add up to 4 IDE HDDs.



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I forgot to mention the processor, its I7-2600K. So already three generations old, but it's holding very well because those generations didn't have many improvements in processing power, only in power saving.

 

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