Just got my laptop brand new one, after about two months I discovered I need to format my HDD and installed XP but to discover BIOS setup is passworded not by me. The vista could not be uninstalled so, it gives me headache. Please help.
Samuel - Nigeria
Restart your computer and press delete that will bring you to bios set up but you said it has password okey try this one do not put anything i mean leave it blank press enter and the password will reset
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if ur laptop was preinstalled by windows vista
it must have lisence no in bottom of ur laptop
u just note down the serial key , connect ur laptop with internet use activate online put the 25 digit serial no. and enjoy ur laptop working properly
you will not be able to put os in the same hdd on a computer.also if vista is installed on one hdd & the other partition is on the same hdd so please try not to install 2 windows on same hdd,its not possible...
Yes you can format this drive from your XP machine, or in vista (or xp for that matter) right click on my computer and then left click on manage.
When the computer management screen comes up highlight "Disk Management" on the left side. This will then display your drives in the right side. From here you can right click on the drive and create partitions, format etc.
You will need ghost or some other cloning software if you want to image the old drive to the new one. However if you have restore disks for the computer you should also be able to just install the OS on the new drive.
(1) go to Hp.com - load load the necessary Xp drivers for your unit - burn them to cd - then aquire a replacement hdd - install Xp on that - install the required drivers and walla you have one hdd with vista and another with XP
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.
If you DO NOT disable native mode for the sata drive, you will end up
going around in circles with the XP setup informing you there is no hdd
in the laptop, even though you specifically installed sata drivers off
Once you get past the "Hit enter to install Windows", you can trash all
the partitions on the drive, and recreate one big partition
for XP :)
***NOTE*** MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL OF YOUR DRIVERS FOR XP ON A CD AND READY TO INSTALL. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THEM AT THE HP WEBSITE.
it a bios problem there are many people trying the same thing, you may need to reinstall Vista first again if you cannot get the drive to format, see below