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I am downgrading from Vista to XP. I am facing problem during hard disk recognition by XP CD.

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You maybe having OS (OEM) issues.
You may be having drive space issues.
Recommend:
Verify that the hardware is supported by both OS on the Microsoft Campatibility site. If the controller and dirive checks ok then you will need to verify if you have at least 40 gig free space on the 80gig drive, if not, you will likely have to delete the partitions and start fresh with the XP disks. Caution: make sure that the manufacture supports the both XP and Vista on that machine and you have all the drivers you need.
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11. Run through the setup wizard at per normal. However, when prompting for where to install Windows Vista, delete (by pressing D and then confirmation), create and format the Vista disk drive or partition (if you have multiple partition). And then choose to install on that just formatted partition or hard drive.

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