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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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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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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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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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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.
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do you have both original OS?
if your laptop had XP on factory defaults you migth whanna look for recovery disks. if a friend full formated your harddrive when installing vista, then get a copy of windows XP and put the key of your laptop.

hope it helps

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Recovery disk

Your description tells me that you have a bad XP installation, but you do not need a recovery disk, unless you wish to use that bad installation.
Because the installation is bad, I would just delete the partition and start over again.
If you have formatted your hard disk in order to install a new Operating System (I assume Vista), one of the steps of the install detects that an existing installation of Windows does exist (XP in your case), and it asks you whether you wish to use this existing install and overwrite it, to install to a different directory, or to delete the partition and start anew.
I'm confused by your statement about trying to install Outlook after reformatting your hard drive. That cannot be done directly. First you need to install Windows (any version) before you can install either Office or Outlook.
If you're installing Windows from a CD or DVD, allow it to go through the steps until you get to the prompt for you to use the existing installation or not. Here you have the chance to delete the previous XP installation and continue with the new install, whatever that is.

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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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Ok, put in the disk and select install, during the install you will get an option to format

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I formatted my laptop which is using windows vista,how will i bring back the vista again?

once you format your sytems means, you deleted whole OS so you need to reinstall fresh OS on it.
you supposed to have a recovery disk (it comes alongwith laptop while buying it)
but it depends on what basic OS was there when you bought your Laptop if there was XP then you got XP OS recovery disk if there was vista then you have Vista recovery disk.
if you don't have recovery disk then you need to get new Vista disk from market to install back vista in your laptop.

thank you,

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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.

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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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