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.
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Re: downgrading from vista to xp sp2
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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Follow these steps and ia sure you will be able to boot by yourself:-
1)Change the BIOS boot order so the CD or DVD drive is listed first. Some computers are already configured this way but many are not.
2)If the CD or DVD drive is not first in the boot order, your PC will start "normally" (i.e. boot from your hard drive) without even looking at what might be in your disc drive.
3)Insert your bootable CD or bootable DVD in your disc drive.
4)Restart your computer.
5)Watch for a Press any key to boot from CD or DVD... message.
6)When booting to a Windows setup CD/DVD and many other bootable discs, you may be prompted with a message to press a key to boot to the disc. To boot to the CD or DVD, you'll need to press any key on your keyboard (like the space bar) within the few seconds that the message is on the screen.
7)If you do nothing, your computer will check for boot information on the next boot device in the list in BIOS which will probably be your hard drive.
8)Some bootable CDs and DVDs do not prompt for a key press and will start immediately.
Your computer should now boot from the CD or DVD disc.
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
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.
make sure before you format
you write down your drivers in device manager for
If you can save any programs to disk or flash/memory drive
winxp cd in drive restart hit F7 a box will appear choose option to
cd cd/dvd then enter
should pick up cd you may have to restart a couple times.
( Not all systems can be downgraded ) and remember you can't use your vista product key for xp
dont mind it... if you want to install xp to your computer while you are using utimate vista you can install it... but you must have a large space of memory to install xp, tnx anyway hope that i can help...
first you must check your XP/Vista cd if it is bootable then open
the bios setting change the first boot to CD ROM save and exit the bios
insert CD wait for a second if the CD is BOOTABLE if so then follow the
instructions of formating drive. But before you do that you must be
sure that you have all the driver need to you PC for security you must
use the black drive then install the XP OS.
First insert your cd in the cd/dvd drive and then simply restart the computer and it will boot automatically. If it does not boot automatically then go to boot menu and select cd/dvd to the first in the booting order. It will then boot automatically.