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Vista to xp

I need SATA for me to able to install xp to my acer laptop.

Can you give me instructions on how to properly install it?

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Re: vista to xp

I think you mean that when you try to install Windows XP on your laptop, it does not "see" the hard drive. So you need the SATA driver so you can press the F6 key and load it (from a floppy?)?

The newer copies of Windows XP have most Sata drivers within the OS, or the laptop translates the Sata to IDE internally. But assuming this particular laptop has the problem as I said above, I'd need the model number to see if they are available.

Often, if the machine came with Vista installed, they have no XP drivers. In this case I'd look for another laptop that has the same device installed, and see if there are XP drivers for that one. Assuming it is the same part (i.e. Wireless Card, Sound, LAN, etc), the drivers should work on your machine.

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I believe that this is because XP doesn't have any support for SATA drivers which is why the interface is saying that it can't find the disk. You need to slipstream the SATA drivers onto a copy of the Windows XP installation disk, if all of this sounds horrendously complicated don't worry as there are plenty of great guides online which will walk you through the process step by step. This site looks to be a good starting point but you will need another working pc/laptop in order to download and install Nlite, download the relevant SATA drivers and create the bootable disc. Good luck.

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1st to do is The Bios Configuration Settings.<br /><br />Options include... disabling "Native SATA Support" (or enabling IDE emulation) in the BIOS which allows you to install and run XP without the SATA drivers..<br />or<br />Using a USB floppy drive to install the CORRECT SATA drivers during the XP install.<br />or<br />Finding and slipstreaming the CORRECT SATA drivers for your specific laptop.. The correct XP driver information for computer can be gleaned by writing down the appropriate Vista Device Manager listings BEFORE formatting the computer.

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After the death of Windows XP, almost all notebook PCs come with Windows Vista pre-installed. But if you like Windows XP more than Windows Vista then a simple Windows XP wouldn't suffice for installing it on your notebook PC. If you BIOS has an option to change your hard disk mode from SATA to IDE then you can just pop in the good old Windows XP CD and get it set up within minutes. But if it doesn't, then you have to do it the other way as mentioned below.

You will just be requiring the Windows XP CD and a few softwares and stuff that I will tell you as we go along. You might ask just why wouldn't a normal XP CD do the task? The answer is pretty simple. The original Windows XP CD does not have SATA drivers so it can't detect your hard drive during the installation process. The solution is simpler. Just slipstream them into the CD! So lets begin.

Step 1 : Download and install nLite

This is an amazing software that lets you tweak and hack your XP CD to the core with an extremely easy to use UI. Download and install the software .

Step 2 : Download SATA drivers

You need to get your hands on the SATA drivers next, that you will need to slipstream into the CD. Although there are different version based on your motherboard that you can search them on Intel website or download the standard ones , which work with most of the motherboards. After downloading extract the driver and remember the location.

Step 3 : Insert XP CD and start nLite

Now that you successfully have the tools and utilities, we can get down with the real stuff. Launch nLite after inserting Windows XP CD into the drive. Choose to make an image of Windows XP in a directory of your choice. Click next and proceed to skip import or load previous settings step by clicking next and proceed to next step.

Step 4 : Add the SATA driver

On the next page, you will find a "Drivers" tab. Click on it and also check the bootable ISO option and then click on next. Click on the button at the bottom to insert the driver. Give the location to the folder where you extracted the SATA driver. You will find a couple of inf files, select any one of them. Now select the all the driver files. That is it, click Next.

Step 5 : Burn the ISO

You will now be asked for confirmation, select yes and let nLite integrate the driver and create a bootable image. Burn it on a CD by just hitting the Burn button at the bottom and you will be ready to install Windows XP on your laptop!

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Hi..i have HP pavilion dv5 laptop with preloaded Windows Vista. i want to istall windows xp instead of vista. i tried installing it using xp bootable disc. but after loading the required installation files...

its very simple....
enter the bios setting...The BIOS settings menu is accessible by pressing the f2 or f10 or the f6 key on some computers.
if the BIOS provides an option to disable the native-SATA configuration in the BIOS, do the following steps to Disable the native-SATA in the BIOS

1. Use the cursor to navigate the Configuration options to locate the Native-SATA setting. 2. If there is a SATA setting, select the Disable option, and then press F10 to save the change and restart the computer.

if your system bios does not contain such option.... then find "Native SATA mode" or "SATA IDE"
then change "AHCI" to "ATA"
then press F10 to save the change and restart the computer.

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but for some laptops this setting is not available. so you can try another solution i.e. integrate the SATA drivers in your windows XP cd. this solution is here:

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seems that it's a SATA drive and the drivers are not included in XP.
There are some tools available to include these drivers into the XP CD.
Search the net for 'xp-iso-builder' or 'n-Lite'.

This is not necessary if your laptop's got a floppy drive (i don't think so). Then the SATA drivers can easily be loaded by pressing F6 when booting from the XP CD.

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Yes you can install Windows XpSp2 but will give you lots of problem. it will not read your HD. than you will need HD SATA Drivers. after that you will need to call Acer's to Get drivers for the chipset and Sound. i suggest that you stay with the Windows Vista. you will not have any problems.

Thank You

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