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Cannot install xp on vista machine

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i have an acer L3600 desktop slimline computer ( i am in australia) it has vista premium home installed. i am trying to re-format and install win xp on the machine (there are drivers available for xp!) however, before iot asks me to enter serial number of the xp , i get the blue screen of death , with the stop error = 0x0000007e. after this when i reboot, vista is still there and everything is owrking ok under vista. it seems the computer does not like, xp - but it should , there are xp drivers available in various places on the internet for this machine.

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  • equine123 Oct 26, 2008

    thanks benimur - it is richard again



    i don't know what you mean about deleting the existing partition , what does this mean?



    I thought when you attampt to re-format (remember I have vista pre-loaded) with XP, it does all that for you?



    regards richard

  • equine123 Oct 26, 2008

    it is richard

    again



    i have deleted the partition, as suggested so that all traces of vista are gone. I then booted from the xp dvd, and same problem - i get the stop error, even before it asks me to enter in the serial number of the xp disk??

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Stop error = 0x0000007e

CAUSE loadTOCNode(1, 'cause'); This issue might occur if a system thread generates an exception that the error handler does not catch. This exception can be caused by any of the following: • If this issue occurs after the first restart during Windows Setup or after Setup is complete, the computer might not have sufficient hard disk space to run Windows XP. • The computer BIOS might be incompatible with Windows XP, or it might have to be updated. • The video adapter drivers might be incompatible with Windows XP. • A device driver or a system service might be damaged. • If the issue is associated with the Win32k.sys file, it might be caused by a third-party remote control program.
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Try deleting the partition of your hard drive during the setup, after that create a new partition on unpartitionated space, format the disk and install xp on it.

This will be fixing your issue

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Follow the following steps ;

Disconnect all external devices like printer\scanner. Only keyboard and mouse should be connected. make sure you are not using any wirless keyboard and mouse.

Insert the Windows XP CD and then turn off the computer
Restart your computer and boot from CD
Select the option for New install
Delete the existing partion and then reformat using NTFS quick format
Complete the step and it will successfully get installed.

Once installation is complete install the network driver, connect to the internet.
Install the Windows update and then and antivirus program
Once done download your other drivers and you are set to go.

Thanks

Posted on Oct 25, 2008

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    Indrajit Roy Oct 25, 2008

    First go this link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330182



    Its a Microsoft knowledgebase. Print this document and follow this. Since I worked with Microsoft so I am providing you with this article. Go through it and if you have any question let me know.



    Thanks

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Hi,

On installing XP, did you deleted first the original partition before the format and the install?

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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Posted on Oct 25, 2008

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    Louie Role Oct 26, 2008

    Hi again,

    Let's put it this way. Formatting is like paving an old road, while partitioning is making a new road. So when you formatted, it was basically the old road except with a new surface. To completely remove Vista, the old road must be torn down (delete old partition), create a new road (repartition) and pave it new (format).

    When you pop in the Windows XP CD, deleting the old partition is among the very first question wherein you have to press "D" to delete, "L" to confirm and eventually"Enter" to do so. Thereafter, the you will be asked to format NTFS (but not the quick).

    Pls try above described choices and postback developments.

    Cheers.

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    Louie Role Oct 26, 2008

    Richard,

    Interesting. It would seem the the road has to be specially prepared (partition) and not just paved (formatted), it must also be graded (the missing step; downgraded specifically). What threw me off was that the downgrading requirement was meant for an Aspire M5630 but turned out likewise necessary for an Aspire L3600.

    Pls see this page for the downloads for an Aspire L3600.
    Somewhere near the bottom would be two (2) files necessary for downgrading machine from Vista to XP:
    Hard Drive Prep Application
    Post Acer Disk Formatter CD ISO Image

    Pls follow online instructions.

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    Louie Role Nov 02, 2008

    Were you able to eventually install Windows XP?

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