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Compaq presario C700 won't boot after XP install

I had Vista on the machine and decided to load XP pro instead.
I made an XP install disk with the SATA drivers on it (using nLite). Ran the install.
Had just 1 partition, so did a full format. Windows installed on the machine and it re-booted.
However as soon as soon as the BIOS tried to start windows the machine just re-booted.
I tried all combinations of install with and without Sata native enabled/disabled.
I can run the recovery console, but couldn't see anything there to help.

Getting fed up - anyone have any idea what to do?

Thanks

Murray

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  • DarkSource Jun 16, 2008

    Thanks for the response.

    The reason I wanted to go back to XP was

    a) My wife (who uses the laptop) hates Vista, Office 2007 applications, the speed and the annoying UI prompts/questions.

    b) With Vista I could get onto the internet, but it prevented access to emails and the printer etc. After days of trying I took it back to the shop and they couldn't fix it either.



    Hence Vista is no good for me unless someone can fix the issues I had with it.



    Sounds like I have had it. Microsoft have really got us by the balls eh?



    Regards



    Murray

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Turn off native sata support in bios b4 xp install

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Well murray,
you did a no no, but what I would do is re-install your vista, after you run the recovery console, and reinstall the machine back to the origanl factory setup, you really don't want the XP anyway, I did that on my dell Inspron m 8600, and I kept getting the B.S>O>D (blue screen of death) the computer came out with vista, all the drivers and required os is included in the factory included software, XP doesn't offer all the drivers for your specific machine.

Restore the system with the recovery disk and vista and you will be alright, you wouldn't like XP after vista on a machine, as it doesn't operate properly, take it from the one with experiance with his own Dell computer and will NEVER go back to XP!, Vista has issues, but your machine was made for it and best left alone.

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  • Dennis Potter Jun 17, 2008

    well murray,



    you really have to get it taken care of by re installing your vista, like it or not, and i will work with you to correct the issues you have with vista I have no issues with mine and love vista over and above XP any day, and yes murray microsoft has us by the balls, and it sucks but like it or not that is the ONLY resolution.



    I'm here for your requests anytime, my customers at my shop and on fixya are #1, and I work for you!



    Best regards



    Dennis

  • ling1960 Jan 29, 2011

    xp will not work due lack of compatible chip set driver. I load windows 7 and it work like a charm

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