I can install xp on it......i tried different versions of xp...but all in vain
fdisk shows all partitions...vista shows all partions... formated with fdisk with new partion...even then after booting from xp cd..and extracting all files....a message on blue screen....some hardware problem preventing to install windows...or there might be virus on your hdd...
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The master boot record maybe be corrupted or virus infected.
To fix the MBR, boot up with your DOS disk and type fdisk /mbr
Then install XP, and delete all partitions and then create a new partition, then do a full NTFS format on the new partition.
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You cannot 'upgrade' Windows Vista to Windows XP - that is technically a 'downgrade' and would need you to save all your user data on Vista then format you Windows drive then do a clean install of Windows XP.
If you try to install XP over the top of Vista you will have lots of problems because of the difference in architecture and boot manager changes.
The only alternative would be to set up a dual-boot installation where you install XP alongside Vista but would be best done on either a separate disk partition or on a second disk. Normally such a dual-boot configuration would start with having XP installed then adding Vista as the second operating system.
Do you have a full installation disc or an Upgrade version of XP? The full install should give you an option for partitioning and formatting the new hard drive as part of the installation process. From Microsoft, read this page for details: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348 . You may need some additional drivers if you have a SATA hard drive. More screen shots and details are here: http://www.theeldergeek.com/hard_drives_03.htm .
An alternative way of dealing with the problem may be to use a third-party Partition Manager software (Symantec's Partition Magic, Paragon's Partition Manager). Paragon's site is http://www.partition-manager.com/ . This site has various levels of Partition Management software (with different features available in the more expensive versions). You'll need the bootable CD version of the software (recovery disc, .iso) to do the partitioning.
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (I thought the upgrade version could also be done to a new hard disc including the partitioning; all you needed was a Win OS disc from an earlier version to prove qualifying ownership.)
Vista and Win7 lite versions dont have all the drivers and functions of the full version, so some issue will always keep coming up....
if u can install XP then do this
if u know how to partition ur main internal HD then install XP and Vista in different partitions...
when windows starts..choose XP to load.
then try if ur Ext HD works in XP...
else let me know i will guid u the next steps...
As I have mentioned in the past these problems are usually connected with improper partioning with the hard drive. My suggestion would be to use FDISK to check for partitions that are marked as not being used.
Be Careful when using Fdisk because it can and will sometimes backfire.
(you can find Fdisk on just about any startup disk
Just make sure that there are startup files on the disk
You might need to use the "Floppy" version of the Driver upon install (if you know what the chipsets are. Most likely it's Intel and you can slip stream the driver files into a new XP CD.
However if a partition is formated from Vista and you attempt to install XP over it without formatting it, crash is almost certain - XP and Vista have different versions of NTFS.
If you want both XP and Vista on the same machine, ALWAYS install the older one first! i.e. XP first. And create only 1 partition in XP where you intend to install on.
Then install Vista afterwards with Vista created partition.
yes you'll have to format the drive before you put xp on...you can use a boot disk with something like fdisk on it...you can boot using a HIREN boot disk (which has FDISK on it) or Roadstarter which is a bootable CD with a whole host of utilities including FDISK.....
or boot with a windows XP disk and choose the repair with console option ...at the command prompt type in FDISK and you will wipe all the data and partition tables ....giving you a raw data drive to install Win XP to
I would suggest first trying to make it a dual boot to make sure you can get all the drivers working. Vista has a resize function for the drive size, and you can install XP in a second partition (probably about half the drive would be nice) There are directions for that elsewhere. You can make a folder on the partition after you install the XP Windows system (Vista should see the XP partition with no problem) and download drivers as you find them in the Vista, which will still have connectivity software running, while XP might not connect until you find the ethernet and wireless drivers. I looked in Google, and found several sites with people looking for and finding the XP drivers that worked. You will need a working copy of the version of XP you want to install, with COA/install numbers for the XP, of course. Good Luck.
Yes, you need the XP SP2 Disk, and make sure you boot order in your BIOS is set to your CD/DVD drive before your hard drive (if not, make it so). Then boot the PC with the XP disk in the drive and look for boot from the CD before Vista starts to load (you'll only have a few seconds to hit any key to do it) then you will have the opportunity to delete the partition with Vista on it and then create a new on and then format the new partition and install XP. Good luck.