Format Vista with XP

Microsoft Windows vista ultimate - 32-bi...
November 26, 2010 at 07:54:13
Specs: Windows Vista, 1GB RAM
I have Windows Vista installed on my system. HD is SATA. Need to replace Vista with Windows XP. What is the process? What all needs to be done and taken care of.
Thanks in advance

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November 26, 2010 at 07:56:10
I have a Windows XP SP2 bootable disk which runs fine on other systems but goes undetected when i am trying to format Vista with it.

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November 26, 2010 at 08:04:59
If you have any important file in your C drive, copy it to your other drive. Make sure that you have :-
Windows XP Installation CD
CD for your device drivers (Probably you may have got a CD with all the drivers when you bought the PC)
CD's for softwares which you use (like MS Office etc)
Thats it, you can go ahead with formatting.

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November 26, 2010 at 08:08:27
Go to BIOS setup (Usually by pressing Del or F2 key at start up) and check whats the boot order. If Hard Disk is given first in the order, change it to CDROM. Save and Exit. Reboot.

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November 26, 2010 at 09:24:13
Before you downgrade to XP check that drivers are available for XP for all the devices on your laptop/Desktop.

In some cases manufacturers have not provided drivers for the older OS.

With regards to not being able to boot of the CD, follow the suggestion made by Extensa in post #3 to ensure that your CDROM is before you hard disk in the boot priority order.

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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November 26, 2010 at 14:15:32
You may need to offer the SATA Controller Drivers at start of XP Install by pressing F6:

Though if your BIOS has a choice set SATA to IDE Mode................

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