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    Sven Groot said:
    Shouldn't have any trouble as long as you install Win2k8 last (otherwise XP will overwrite the BCD bootloader with the old-style NTLDR; you can still restore the BCD loader afterwards but it's just easier if you do it the right way around to begin with).

    Why not just install Win2k8 in a VM though? Saves you having to reboot when you want to experiment with it.
    Performance, primarily.  2k8 is slow as crap in a VM (since I can't allocate all my RAM to it, it has to swap constantly...  I've got 1 GiB, but I can only allocate 512 GiB to the VM).