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Getting rid of Vista on an HP G7000 Notebook PC

Hi, I bought a HP G7000 Notebook PC, It's comes pre-installed with vista, which I despise. Anyway, I want to replace Vista with XP. So I decided to boot it up with the XP disk in. All went well till I got the message 'Windows did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer.' I realise this is because the XP boot disk doesn't contain the drivers for the newer HD in the laptop. There is a lot of stuff regarding having to find these drivers but nothing to say; where to find them, what to do with them or how to use them, etc... My question is how do I install the drivers for the HD, I clearly can't add them to the XP boot disk, so what do I do? The only vague link I can find tackling this involves a floppy drive which I don't have. The laptop only has one DVD drive.

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Stezza

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  • Adolph001 Sep 03, 2008

    I also have the exact same problem with my HP G7000 with Vista Home installed from the and tried the SATA driver installation and Vista gave me a message that it did not install properly. I tried again by choosing the "use the correct settings option that was there. The driver I used is "sp30075.exe". Found it on HP website : http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softw...



    I still get the same message: "Setup did not find my hard disk drives..."



    Can you help me?

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Go into the Bios and turn the Sata enhancement feature to disabled, that worked for me.

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It also worked for me to disable the SATA enhancement, but what is the real effect of this?

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Just go to bios and disable legacy drive enhancement this will sort you out.

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Hello

Stezza, I regret to inform you that HP does not recommend to downgrade the operating system from Vista to XP. Because there are no drivers for XP in the HP website for the Notebooks which are shipped with the Vista operating system. However, if you wish you can install the XP. But, before installing XP you need to install SATA drivers.

Here is the weblink to install SATA drivers. If you have Intel process in your Notebook then only install it.

ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/softpaq/sp32001-32500/SP32492.exe

Please do not click on the link. Copy and paste it in a new Internet Explorer window.


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Posted on Aug 24, 2008

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The reason why that happen is not because of the absence of the HD drivers but because you are using pirate window XP software to boot.

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