Question about PC Laptops
I have purchased one Lenovo Laptop (Ideapad 510) with preloaded Vista. I want to remove Vista and install XP. Whenever I try to do so with the bootdisk of XP, a blue screen pops up with some error message relating to file "pci.sys". Can you please help me by telling how to install XP?
1. Although you may prefer XP to Vista, it is probable that you are simply
more familiar with it. If you would give yourself some time to become
accustomed to Vista, you might find that you like it. I know I do.
2. You can't literally "uninstall" Vista, but if you want XP instead, you
simply do a clean installation of XP the normal way. That will format the
drive, removing whatever is on it.
3. Do you already have a copy of XP you want to install? Did it come with
your old computer? If so you need to be aware that OEM versions (such as
those that came preinstalled on computers) are permanently tied by their
license to the first computer they are installed on. If that's your
situation, your copy of XP is not available to be used on your new laptop.
4. Over and above the licensing issue in point 3, many OEM version of
Windows XP are BIOS-locked to the computer they came with, and you actually
won't be able to install it on a different one.
5. You should check with your vendor to be sure, but the warranty on your
new computer may be voided if you change operating systems.
6. Laptops often have special drivers they need for components within them.
Your new laptop undoubtedly came with all the drivers needed for Vista, but
it didn't come with the drivers needed for Windows XP. Finding and getting
the drivers you need may be a problem.
If I were in your shoes, I'd stick with Vista.
If you still want to uninstall:
The normal way to "uninstall" any operating system is to format
the hard drive and install a new OS of your choice.
After backing up any data you wish to transfer to the new OS
installation, simply boot from the WinXP Home installation CD. You'll
be offered the opportunity to delete, create, and format partitions as
part of the installation process. (You may need to re-arrange the order
of boot devices in the PC's BIOS to boot from the CD.)
HOW TO Install Windows XP
Then the backed up data can be restored and applications re-installed.
You can even try a dual boot, where you have both Vista and XP on the same system. Click HERE for pictorial guide.
Posted on May 25, 2008
I had the same problem..I have a Lenovo S10-2 and when i tried to install xp instead of win 7, i got that blue screen too..But after i changed SATA setting from BIOS, i could install it with my usb disk..
Posted on Mar 03, 2010
I really gave vista a try, i wanted to so bad. It just gave me endless compatibility problems with even "vista certified products" needless to say i had to wipe it out and get xp. aside from small keyboard problems (does anyone know how to get the brightness buttons working?) xp runs smoothly for me. Great laptop for the price!! They should give you an OS option when ordering.
Posted on Sep 11, 2008
XP can be installed easily on the Lenovo Ideapad. Lenovo has directions. follow directions to change the BIOS setting for the SATA drive to compatable (see lenovo or just press F2 when booting and lenovo in on screen).
Only prob I found was that the keyboard behaves poorly and erratically with XP- still working on that one.
Lenovo is too authoratarian and will NOT extend warranty help to anyone who has changed to XP.( "change it back to Vista and call back" they say...so don't tell them)
Posted on Aug 26, 2008
You can have a look HERE what microsoft says about this error.
You''l need Windows XP SP2 to support a PCI-Express graphics card.
If you are using only PCI-Express graphics card, the only choice is to boot from the complete edition of Windows XP SP2.
If you intend to install with Windows XP or Windows XP SP1 and then use the upgrade kit of SP2, please disable PCI-Express in BIOS before starting the installation.
Under this circumstance, only PCI graphics card can help you monitoring the installation process at this stage. Then, upgrade the version to SP2. After upgrading is successfully completed, you can enable PCI-Express and start using PCI-Express graphics card.
Posted on May 23, 2008
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