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Installing XP over vista

I have a lap top, which obviously doesnt have a floppy drive. my problem is setup is not able to recognize hard disk drives (error code in setup) since sata is not compatible with XP.

ive been suggested to use nlite, but when attempting to create installation cd, i can not find appropriate DRIVERS.

ANY SUGGESTIONS HOW TO GET XP UP AND RUNNING ???

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  • madxblunts Apr 26, 2009

    Jeryflores, i thought i would be able to change hard drive settings in bios but so such option is available.. and i had also looked for sata drivers for my particular model but was also unsuccessful. the only thing i could think of was to use nLite and add the sata drive..but you and i know that is not possible

  • Jerry May 11, 2010

    Unfortunately, you are correct Madxblunts. Not all systems were designed for the previous generation OS. Some of the HP systems were not designed to run Windows XP either. They came preloaded with Vista and I'm afraid the same is true for your particular brand/model. I'm sorry, I looked for any possible method, but if the manufacturer does not make the drivers available, short of being a programmer, we just can't pull out drivers out of thin air. Best of luck...as a previous FixYa person stated, "its awesome." Well, it's alright. ;-)

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010
  • Jerry May 11, 2010

    Have you by any chance looked in the BIOS of your notebook to see if it has a mode called "IDE Emulation"? I don't see any SATA drivers for Windows XP for you particular model, which leads me to believe that they should have an IDE emulation mode in the BIOS. Give it a try and let me know what happens...

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If your asking to install XP on top of vista.. if you do not like vista, then ur listening to your friends who have no idea what their talking about because its awesome and when windows 7 comes out youll be stunned...this is verry easy if you have XP disc ready, restart your computer you need to wipe ur hard drive to get rid of the old operating system, first save any thing you want thus wiping hard drive saves nothing.... techniquly its still there but ya....put in disc of XP and run the disc to install XP,. ACTIVATE IT AND WALA

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