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Installing widows XP

My laptop has windows Vista. I bought the widows XP to install on my laptop. I made recovery disks. I am trying to formate my harddrive, but it won't let me. How can I take Windows Vista off and install Windows XP on my laptop?

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Re: installing widows XP

U need to disable SATA support, in the bios find them and disable it.
Later, u need start your pc with the windows xp CD-ROM and now you will enable to install XP and to format your C: UNIT.

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Re: installing widows XP

First, have a WIN XP startup disk...created by (in windows)  inserting floppy and right clicking choosing format and select option "create MSDOS startup disk"

first backup all personal files...then restart and bypass to DOS screen at startup...try using F8 key just after BIOS screen...then select startup to DOS prompt only...then run (from the floppy disc) format c:

now you should have a nearly bare hard drive. repeat above steps and this time choose "startup using CDROM drivers"...then insert CDROM and redirect to that drive letter (d drive?) and run setup.exe.

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Presario CQ57 model compaq laptop Widows could not update the computer's boot configuretion. Installation can not proceed. solve this problem tips

Sounds like you will have to re-attempt a clean install from a Windows installation disk. Unfortunately, the disk will need formatted. You can use a recovery or boot disk to do so.

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I have a toshiba f45-av412 that had Vista. Brought used from circuit city, did not receive a recovery disk and got error mssg when tried to create. System crashed and tried to install windows xp, receive...

You should get in touch with them as they must provide a disc or recovery parition which was bought when they bought that laptop.

If you have a Windows XP disk then you can normally install by going into BIOS and setting CD as first boot device. If it gives hard drive not found then you will need to install the SATA driver from the Toshiba website first.

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I want to do a complete recovery/reformat of a Benq Joybook S73G. How do I do that? I have the original disks with copies of software, drivers etc, but none of them seem to be a ''recovery disk''.

First, a recovery is not a format, you usually have to make the recovery disk, if one is not supplied. Are you sure the disk you have is not the recovery, are you sure it the windows disk.

There are three way's, re-install the operating, recovery, system restore.

System restore, and recovery can turn the laptop back to when you first got it.

You should try system restore first. I can't explain how to install windows, its pretty long.

Look at the disk, does it say windows xp, or vista, or does it say windows recovery.

If you really want to re-install windows, Go to the website below and study it, or print some of it so you understand it.

It has pictures and will walk you through it.
This is for XP.

This is for Vista;

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Hi! My IBM R52 Notebook has gotten pretty slow. What shall do to get it quicker again and how can I formate the notebook! thanks for your valuabl advise in advance, rp

Try cleaning up your unused programs and files using disk cleanup and defragment your drive using disk defragmenter.
To formaer your drive and reinstall the OS, run the computers recovery wizard, or insert the recovery disk that came with your computer.
If you do not ahve a recovery disk or recovery program, use a windows installation disk like windows vista, windows XP DVD to format and reinstall the OS.
Make sure to backup the stuff you want before attempting this!

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To Reboot a computer is to turn it off, wait at least 20 seconds, then turn it back on.

A.If you're thinking of Reboot, as to reinstall the Operating System, you use a Restoration Disk, (sometimes listed as Recovery Disk), insert it in your CD/DVD drive, and restart your computer.
(Just press the CTRL, ALT and Delete keys AT THE SAME TIME.
Not shouting. Windows XP and Windows Vista are examples of an Operating System)

B.If you're trying to install an Operating System, from a CD disk that you bought, I suggest you go into BIOS Setup, and in Boot Order, change the first boot device to CDROM. Insert the CD disk in your CD/DVD drive, and restart the computer.

If you buy a Full Installation CD disk, as listed above, you have to change the Boot Order.
For example:
1.You have Windows XP on your computer now. It has problems, and doesn't work correctly. Instead of getting the Restoration Disk from your computer manufacturer, you decided to just buy a genuine copy of Windows XP, and install it. (This is a Full Installation Disk)

The Windows XP you have installed now, will not let the one you bought install over it, by just putting the disk in the drive. Change the first boot device, in Boot Order to CDROM, and it will. The Windows XP you have now, will 'see' the Windows XP you're trying to install, as just the same version. You have to install a better version of Windows, in order for it to write over what is installed.
Such as Windows Vista.

2.You have Windows Vista on your computer, and are not happy with it. You would like to put Windows XP on instead. Windows XP is considered a lesser version, and Vista won't let it write over it.
Go to BIOS Setup, change the first boot device in Boot Order, to CDROM, and it will.

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Your laptop should have come with a recovery disk, you will need to boot to that disk following the onscreen steps for formatting and restoring the operating system files. Furthermore, if your system did not come with a recovery disk, or you have a Windows XP/Vista disk you can boot to that instead.

Windows XP Install:

After the installation system boots, the setup prompt will prompt you for searching the system for previously installed versions of Windows; bypass the recovery option after the search is complete. The setup will then display a list of Hard Drives to install Windows; follow the key for deleting the partition (press "D" to delete). Once the partition has been deleted highlight the "free hard drive space" and press "Enter" then you will be prompted to format the drive and install Windows. Moreover, you should right down the Windows Product Key off the sticker on the bottom of your laptop; you'll be asked for that key after the setup restarts your computer assuming you are using that license for that version of Windows.

Windows Vista Install:

When you boot to the Vista DVD you will be prompted to enter the product key as soon as the setup loads. Select the Hard Drive with the mouse, then left-click the format button on the right pane. Continue with the installation.

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well murray,
you did a no no, but what I would do is re-install your vista, after you run the recovery console, and reinstall the machine back to the origanl factory setup, you really don't want the XP anyway, I did that on my dell Inspron m 8600, and I kept getting the B.S>O>D (blue screen of death) the computer came out with vista, all the drivers and required os is included in the factory included software, XP doesn't offer all the drivers for your specific machine.

Restore the system with the recovery disk and vista and you will be alright, you wouldn't like XP after vista on a machine, as it doesn't operate properly, take it from the one with experiance with his own Dell computer and will NEVER go back to XP!, Vista has issues, but your machine was made for it and best left alone.

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