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Re: i installed win xp on a hp compaq laptop that had...
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put it in your CD ROM then press F10 to get into bios and under
advanced boot priority change your first option to CD and restart ,it
will ask to boot from CD,press enter You will setup process of windows xp,it will ask you where you want to install windows xp,choose drive where windows vista is installed (c:) ,then first choose the option of format this drive using NTFS,it will format your windows vista and will start installing windows xp and in an hour's time it will be done
you mean you need to downgrade your computer from Windows Vista to XP? if so is the case, you need to go to the BIOS in the Boot menu, select IDE from ACPI. put the boot option to boot from CD first or disable Boot from hard disk. then you will be able to downgrade your computer from Vista to XP.
Its true. the Bios or HDD driver wont allow you to install Win XP on it.. This BIOS is compatible with only Win Vista. The only easy way to do it is by creating 2 partitions while installing vista. once vista is installed- install XP with Dual boot and than format the vista partition.
Is it a restart with a blue screen? Is it XP?
If it is XP do the following:
Boot the laptop with a Win XP cd.
When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your applications, it just reinstalls the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software. If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
It's a relatively simply procedure, 1st download all of the necessary drivers for your laptop from Compaq's website under the support section. You'll want the drivers for Window's XP. Either burn these drivers to a CD or place them on a flash drive. Also if you already have documents or data on the laptop that you would like to keep you'll need to back that up as well to either a CD/DVD or a flash drive.
Next you'll need a Windows XP installer disk. Place the disk in your laptop and reboot. The system should prompt you, asking you if you'd like to boot off of the CD press any key. Hit any key and the computer should boot from the XP CD. The system will take a while as it loads up the installer shell. If the system does not boot from the CD you will need to go into the BIOS or CMOS and change the boot order for the computer to make the CDROM or DVD ROM the 1st boot device. The 1st prompt on the installer should be a license agreement, hit F8 to continue. The next steps will pretty much be up to you. Things like where you want to install windows XP, do you want to format the drive, etc. This sounds like your 1st install so you may want to leave everything as default. Windows should detect your Vista install and by default install it as a seperate installation allowing you to boot into either OS.
After the OS has prepared the hard disk and copied all files the computer will reboot and will boot into a installer kernel and will prompt you for even more selections. This process will take longer than the initial portion and most of these settings you can leave at default as well. When this part is complete the system will reboot again and your installation of XP should be complete.
When the system boots into windows it will ask you to create a user name, create a user name or multiple ones. Put in your driver CD or flash drive and proceed to restore your files and install your drivers. That's the revised version of it anyway.
make sure you have taken all the backup of your data from your system bcoz xp will not overwrite on vista you need to be format your drive which will erase your data. for installing windowx xp you need win xp cd as well as all the driver for win xp bcoz the driver is diffrent for vista and win xp .
if you have windows xp bootable cd just place in your cd-rom or in dvd rom .and go to bios setup (bios setup is just press the del button from your keyboard or f2 key it is display whrn you start your system )and change the booting sequnce from hdd to cd rom when it will boot from cd one massage will come press any key to continue just press the space bar and follow the setup instruction .
if you need more help let me know