FreeBSD 9 and Windows XP

Eduardo Morras emorrasg at
Mon Mar 11 12:51:04 UTC 2013

On Sat,  9 Mar 2013 12:07:41 -0800 (PST)
<leeoliveshackelford at> wrote:

> Good afternoon, FreeBSD enthusiasts.  Can FreeBSD 9.1 be installed on a computer on which Windows XP currently resides?  If so, how can this installation be >done?  In particular, is there a way to install 9.1 so that it can be booted from the traditional master boot record?  It is important that, when I am done, I can >still boot to Windows XP, as I must run some applications not available on FreeBSD.  If the idea I am proposing is not feasible with version 9.1, will it work with >8.3?  Any comments are appreciated.  If this question has already been asked many times before, please just let me know where to look to find the answer.  Thanks.  >Newbie502

As an addon to other answers, you can install VirtualBox, create a minimal hard disk with MBR boot menu that points to the WindowsXP partition. This way you don't need to restart in WinXP. The same can be done from WinXP side, a minimal hd with MBR boot menu to startup the FreeBSD.

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