XP replacing Vista on HP laptops and on other laptops - What Can I do
Hi all, I've tried to Install XP on a Vista Laptop, I changed the boot option to CD/DVD drive, the Installation Pack ran but I can't locate the Hard drive to create a mount point on. What do I need to change on the system settings so as to detect the mount point (Hard Drive). Specifically, I experienced this on a HP laptop. Please assist me
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Hi, use your XP install disc (or Vista or whatever OS you use) to boot up your laptop and do a Repair Install. Usually you will get a prompt to "Boot from CD by pressing any key." during the power up of your laptop. If you dont get that option, reboot and go into BIOS and change your boot order ie have the CD drive as first boot option followed by your hard drive. Then try booting again with your XP disc in the cd drive. You can change the language to English during a Repair installation but you may have to re-enter your serial number and activate again on-line again. Cheers, Steve
Hi, if you have computer knowledge, the easiest thing to do is to take the laptop sata hard drive out and connect it to your computer with your sata cables and power and boot your computer up and the laptop drive will be a slave drive then. Now you can back it up if you want and then format it. Now turn your computer off and put the hard drive back in your laptop. Because there in no Operating system the laptop will ask for a boot device. Now you will be able to boot from your xp cd. I don't know why but I have found most laptops and computers with vista don't like to boot from a cd and over ride the boot options and go directly into vista which makes it hard for people who want to down grade to XP. Why someone would want Vista beats me. You can also load up into bios and change your boot options in there. If not already set as first boot device to be you cdrom/dvd you can change it to be. But like I said most of the time with Vista it doesn't matter! Vista will still boot first. But it is worth trying.
You need your XP installation CD. Boot from XP CD. Select R option at Boot options (for recovery Console) Use admin password to run console. Enter following command: fixboot fixmbr cd ren windows winvista exit When your PC restarts, boot onto your XP CD once again, and then proceed with setup normally to install your XP. Detail here
try to download belarc advisor software. Run this in your vista OS and send it to me so I can check your hardware specs. This is the only way to avoid problems in the future or before you start the formatting.
I regret to inform you that it is not possible to install XP in the HP or Compaq Notebooks which are shipped with the Vista Operating System. To install XP in your notebook, you need to disable SATA option from the BIOS . I am afraid that there is no SATA disable option the BIOS. Hence, it is not possible to install XP in the notebook.
I understand some of the softwares are not compatible with Vista operating system. But, if you insall Vista SP1 in your notebook. You can also use the software which were not compatible with Vista, after installing Vista SP1.