Have windows vista and wanting to install xp
Installing Windows XP on a SATA Drive
Author: DJ Oslo
Date: August 18, 2007
This tutorial will describe step by step how to install XP on a laptop with a SATA hard
drive in order to downgrade the operating system from Vista to Windows XP SP2. The
laptop model that this tutorial is based on is listed below:
Model: Toshiba X205-S9349
In order to install XP, you will need the following software:
Windows XP SP Installation CD
If you want to downgrade to XP from Vista you may run into a problem during the boot
stage of XP Installation. The problem I encountered was a message that read:
“Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer”
The problem is that XP does not provide the necessary drivers for the SATA controllers
and as a result it won't detect the SATA hard drive. You could use an external floppy
disk drive but that might not guarantee success.
What has been suggested is that you perform a procedure called "Slipstreaming".
Slipstreaming is the procedure where you create a new build of the XP installation files
and "merge" the drivers you need for the SATA controllers. You would then use this
new build to install XP onto your system.
Note: These procedures were performed on my Toshiba P105 laptop, which is my current
Create a directory under My
Documents where you will
copy the contents of your
XP installation CD.
Download the SATA driver that you will need in order to “Slipstream” into your XP
The following link is to the SATA drivers that will work with the Toshiba X205-S9349.
When you download the .zip file,
unpack the contents in a new
directory under My Documents.
Open nLite and locate the
directory where you copied
the XP installation files to.
Click on the Next button.
You will get information on the
Product. Click on the next button.
Click on the Next button
In the Task Selection, you will click on
the button called Drivers and Bootable
ISO. After you click on each button the
red dot will turn green. What this means
is that you will “integrate” drivers into
the installation and then create a bootable
Click on the next button.
Click on the Insert – Multiple driver
folder option to select the drivers that
you will integrate.
Locate the folder where you
unzipped the SATA drivers.
Highlight the folder and click OK.
The following drivers will be listed.
Note: you must select the correct driver to
integrate or else you may experience errors
during the installation phase of XP.
Select the first driver.
Click on the OK button.
Select all the items to
integrate. Click on the OK
Highlight all the drivers and click on
the Next button.
Select Yes to start the process.
nLite will now apply the changes
to the installation files.
When complete, it will display how
much the installation grew. Click on
the Next button.
In the Bootable ISO section, click on
You will be prompted to save
the ISO file. Select where you
want to save it and click on the
nLite begins the process of
creating the .ISO file that can
then be burned to CD and used
as the installation file for
You should get a message
that the ISO file has been
created successfully. Click
on the Next button.
Open your CD burning software. In this example I will use Nero Burning ROM.
Customization is finished.
Click on the Finish button.
In the menu bar, I select Recorder – Burn
I locate the ISO file that I created in
nLite. Highlight the file and click on
the Open button.
Click on the Burn button. This will now
burn the ISO to CD and thus create your
new XP installation that will install the
SATA drivers during the boot stage of XP
installation. this is 100% working thank very much
May 14, 2008 |
Toshiba Satellite X205-S9349 Notebook