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Downgrading from vista to xp

Is it true I have to disable the sata setting in the BIOS SEtUP?
If yes, what key do I press to enter setup?

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First, you can only legally install XP if you have a Vista Business or Vista Ultimate licence (COA label).
Enter BIOS Setup menu by pressing F2 or DEL before it boots - look for prompt on the screen.
Then look for a setting for the hard disk like:
IDE Setting: Enhanced AHCI.

You do not want AHCI - change it to 'compatible' so that AHCI is not shown. Then save and exit.
If you have AHCI set the XP will crash with 0x0000007b STOP error

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On HP/Compaq computers for example you press F2 on startup to enter BIOS, then disable SATA mode on bios settings.
On other makes the procedure can be slightly different.


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Option 3 – Format the Hard Drive, Wipe Off Vista and Install XP:
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