FreeBSD 9 and Windows XP

Eduardo Morras emorrasg at
Mon Mar 11 13:31:06 UTC 2013

On Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:14:05 +0100
Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at> wrote:

> On Mon, 2013-03-11 at 13:51 +0100, Eduardo Morras wrote:
> > 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.
> This does work?

I followed the instructions (only once) from this page and it works under FreeBSD 8.3 and WinXP. 

> I've got XP as VBox's vdi and just a folder to share content with *nix.
> It would be possible to install XP bootable without VBox to a ntfs
> partition, to boot it directly and if wanted, to use it also as guest in
> VBox?

I use it that way, my set up is 2 primary mbr partitions, one with XP ntfs, the other with FreeBSD ufs2+su. VBox installed on both.

> I only use VBox to get applications for an iPad and to copy PDFs to an
> iPad, since ad-hoc networks until now never worked for me, but I also
> would like to test hardware sometimes, impossible with VBox, so
> sometimes it would be nice to have a real Windows install.
> If this should work, will it become impossible to use snapshots made by
> VBox? Will there be no confusion regarding to different drivers for the
> XP booted as VBox guest and booted directly?

Don't know if VBox snapshots are usable, never tried. 

There's no confusion, WinXP access directly to the XP partition and FreeBSD to FreeBSD partition. If you don't play with VBox internal commands you are safe. I got a dirty fs on FreeBSD when WinXP crashed once.


> Regards,
> Ralf

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