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Downgrading from vista to xp sp2

Im downgrading from vista to xp sp2.. im doing it by inserting the bootable "xp sp2 cd". after restarting, i boot to the dvd drive. after the message "press enter to setup xp" the screen shows a message saying "setup cannot continue because there is no hard drive installed. im using compaq presario c500. hard disk is partitioned in c: and d:, windows is installed on c. i dont even get to the point where you can choose which partition to format. please help...

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Re: downgrading from vista to xp sp2

Go into bios disable sata reboot with xp sp2 youll be good just did it myself same laptop c500 same problem

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I know this problem, The HDD is a SATA disk, win XP setup cannot identify a SATA controller on it's own you need to load the driver (from a disk) so you may need to download it first. I think this is the correct link extract the files and burn to a CD or Floppy then run win XP setup by booting from CD you should see in the begining of win XP setup from CD it prompt you to press (I think) F2 to add RAID or SCSI Controllers, (this prompt is at the bottom of the screen) Then follow the propmts to load from the disk you made earlier. you should be able to select the controller from a list. (short list) you should then be able to continue and hopefully Win XP setup should now be able to see your HDD and give you choices about which partition (as per normal) you want to remove all partitions before installing winXP (you can then make whatever partitions you wish) Hope this helps

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Take one bootable windows cd rom , insert the cd rom in cd rom drive, restart your Laptop , go to bios setup and select boot from cd rom after then save and exit . your Laptop will boot from cd rom . it will take some time , when you will see action prompt , select R ( if your bootable windows cd rom is SP2 ) , select D ( if your bootable windows cd rom is SP3) . if you select R you will be prompt repair consoul , format C:\ then instal windows SP2 . if you select D , you will be prompt delite partition , delite partition C:\ after then select C to creat partition and install windows SP3. either of one windows install like that and problem will be solved. n.b. if you don,t have cd rom drive pls collect USB cd rom drive.

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Would like to install .net frame work on vista, but it does not support, so trying to install xp sp2 over vista which asks to install sata driver for xp support. how should i do?

cause I do not think that you have a floppy disk on the laptop ..try first to run the xp from a boo-table disk ...and the sata driver should be from the first that will be loaded....if this is not working ..try to disconnect the hdd for a few seconds..and boot from the installer disk ...after the computer is loading the first drivers...(this will take about 30 seconds..) plug the hdd again and let the install to continue.. should work ..
anyway ..I believe that this is happening to you just cause you are trying to install xp from a folder downloaded into the computer or from a disk that is not boot-able not try cause it may not let you cause it sees the Vista installation like a newer one ...and consider it an update already ...
So...if you do not have a bootable xp disk ...go to this location ..and download this image file with xp sp2...and than burn it using Nero or any other burner..(except windows one) but by double clicking the file itself and let this action to open the burner...
use a new blank cd ...
you need a utorrent for download...Nero 7 at least for burning ...and this location of the file..
if you follow my instruction you will end up with a genuine boot-able copy of xp ...insert it in the optical drive ...and restart F2 for bios..choose the boot order to be CD /DVD first boot device..and save with F10 and restart ..
it will prompt you to press any key to boot from cd ..and go with a clean installation ...When the time will come ....and check for previous installations..just esc for a clean installation and delete and format again the C:/ drive ..
have a good day ..and Good Luck !
do not forget to rate if this is helpful ...

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Laptop wont boot from cd/dvd drive, hard drive is cleasn, no viru

Hi usavahe.
Booting from CD should be possible.
1) When the laptop first starts to power up, repeatedly press the F12 key. This should bring you to a screen that lets you select the boot device.
2) For the Satellite, it may show icons across the bottom of the screen. You want the one that looks like a CD.
3) It should the start to boot from the Windows CD (if it is indeed a bootable disc) and you will see the message "press any key to boot from cd".
4) Press any key you want on the keyboard and the Windows CD installation process should begin

Hope that helps

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I have purchased an hp550 computer with the Vista operating system. i wish to downgrade to the win XP operating system. how is this done ?

There is no direct path to downgrade Vista to XP. You can’t simply insert the XP installation CD media into the CD-ROM drive and hope to ‘upgrade’ and replace the Vista with Windows XP usual install routine because Vista won’t allow it to be overwritten. XP will treat Vista as ’superior’ operating system and refuse to install over it. There’re actually few options available instead of completely uninstall Vista as listed below. But if you decide to downgrade from Vista to install XP, there is also a simple guideline that you can observe to ensure that the migration goes smoothly.
Option 1 – Dual Boot:
It’s by far the easier and best method to run XP instead of Vista if you have another partition or hard disk. Simply boot up any XP setup media and install XP into different partition or hard drive than the Vista installation. Once completed, you can choose to boot up either XP or Vista, and has the best of both world.

Option 2 – Virtual Machine:
Install VMware Server or Virtual PC 2007 (both free) or any other virtualization software, and then install Windows XP into the virtual machine
environment. You will get XP which runs inside Vista, with minor compromise on speed, performance and have to go through Vista first on every bootup.

Option 3 – Format the Hard Drive, Wipe Off Vista and Install XP:
For those who totally fed up with Vista and just want XP, or prefer a clean installation of OS has only this option to rely on. To downgrade to XP from Vista, you have to basically delete the whole hard disk that installed with Vista, and start anew with XP. Here’s a simple guide and procedures that you can try to follow to switch to XP. However, each system configuration is different, so you may have to adapt the steps to suit your own need.

1. Download all drivers for your system for Windows XP from the manufacturer’s website(in case if you don't have the CD/DVD installers). Copy the drivers files to a USB flash driver or external hard drive or burn them to CD/DVD.
2. Find a Windows XP installation CD (should be pretty easy to find or else you can search in torrent sites such as Demonoid to download via BT network such as uTorrent and BitComet or search and download via ED2K network client such as eMule. You can also use Volume Licensing (VL) CD, retail (FPP) disc, or system builder hologram CD provided by Microsoft.
3. You will also need a XP product key even if you legally can downgrade from Vista Ultimate or Business edition. The Vista serial number won’t works with XP. (try to search for XP product key on web).
4. Backup to USB flash disk, external portable hard disk or CD/DVD every data files and any other things such as documents, downloads, pictures, movies, programs and etc that you need and want to keep. You can also create a second partition with disk management utilities such as Acronis Director or Partition Magic, and then move the data files to the new partition.
5. Ensure that also you have CD or DVD setup media for the software applications that you want to install and use after wiping off your system from Vista.
6. If your OEM doesn’t provide you with recovery CD/DVD discs and Windows setup media discs (it’s because they’re stored in the hard disk in hidden location), you may want to burn a copy of recovery CD to CD/DVD first before you proceed, just in case the hidden partition is lost and you want to recover your computer to original state. (How-to Guide: IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad recovery CD)
7. If the system has SATA (Serial ATA) hard drive, locate the driver for SATA controller and put it in USB flash drive, diskette or CD first. If you have PATA (normal IDE) hard disk, simply go to BIOS CMOS to disable SATA or Native SATA mode if you don’t want to install XP on SATA hard drive. Else, you can also create an XP install disc with the SATA drivers integrated by using tool such as nLite.
8. In the BIOS, also set the CD or DVD optical drive as the first boot device in the boot sequence.
9. Put in the Windows XP installation CD into CDROM drive and boot up the computer by using the CD. You probably need to press a key when prompted with “Press Any Key to Boot from CD…”.
10. If you’re using SATA hard disk with driver on external media (not integrated into XP setup disk), remember to press F6 when you see the message at the status base: “Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver…” during the very initial stage of setup to load the SATA driver so that the SATA hard disk can be recognized.
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.

IMPORTANT: If you choose the wrong hard disk or partition with data to delete, you will lose your essential data.

Note: If the setup does not allow you to delete or format the Vista partition or drive, you will need to find a third party software that can recognize and read NTFS filesystem to clear the drive or partition first.
12. Enter any product key for XP. Vista product key will not work.
13. If you own a legitimate Windows Vista edition that allows for downgrade (See Vista downgrade rights), call Microsoft after performing the clean install of Windows XP Pro to activate the XP installation. Notify Microsoft that you’re downgrading from Vista and require to activate XP Professional or other version allowed newly installed. You won’t get a new Windows XP product key though. You will have to read out the long Installation ID plus your original Vista serial key, and Microsoft will provide an activation ID that will make the XP usable.
14. Install the drivers for your system devices.
15. Reinstall any software programs that you want to use.
16. Move back the data files and documents.


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Compaq CQ40-108TU unable to install XP OS

Prepare a Bootable XP Disc installer.
At first go to BIOS Setup to Boot First Priority the CD/DVD Rom Drive.
After that disabled SATA or RAID Configuration. The Bootable XP Disc Installer could not go on when you don't disable the SATA or RAID Connection.
Don't worry that you are thinking it would not detected the SATA HDD by Bootable Disc but it is. Then follow the instruction.
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get the windows xp disc, press F2 to get into the bios and set the cd rom drive as the first bootable device.

Boot from the windows xp disc - wipe and re install xp as the operating system and then once installed update to at least SP2 and get the drivers for the network card if not already installed and it should be fine as long as you can get the relevant drivers.

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