Windows XP - Haswell processors not supported. August 7th, 2013
Don’t look now, motherboard manufactures do not offer Windows XP chipset or device drivers.
Planning to build a new Intel Haswell based processor system in the next few months; that was my plan. Much to my surprise after checking 4 major motherboard manufacture’s products, there are no XP device drivers available.
I called tech support for two of my favorite brands and they both pointed the finger at Intel for the lack of a XP chipset driver. For me that makes my plans for a quad boot (XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1) system will now be a triple boot system.
As of August of 2013 Windows XP still has about a 37% market share and Windows 7 with 44%. Windows 8 trails far behind with only a little more than 5%. Does it make sense to exclude XP?
Yes you still find Windows XP media for sale, but you need to be very careful where you buy it from as some may not be legitimate (bogus product keys).
For those of you who purchased a PC with XP pre-installed, you are out of luck as OEM versions of XP cannot be installed and activated on another PC. A retail version however can be moved from your old PC to a newly built PC (as long as it’s not a socket 1150 / 87 chipset, Haswell based motherboard).
As for me, well I have other systems than can run XP quite nicely so I may wait for Intel’s Ivy Bridge-E processors to be released later this year. But if you can’t wait there are plenty of socket 1155 processors and motherboards that support Windows XP.