how to overwrite windows 7 with xp from cd ro

May 21, 2011 at 11:09:54
Specs: Windows 7
I own a toshiba Satellite c655 with windows 7. If I smack the touchpad in frustration when the screen scrolls madly to the bottom I don't care to know what will happen. The only way to defeat this is by using an external mouse which is far less than ideal. Microsoft has no solution for this so 7 has to go. When trying to install XP from disc I get the blue screen of death vwarning me that WINDOWS has shut down to prevent damage to computer. This error occurs on this laptop, my ACER that runs 7 and my after about 3 minutes of downloading. This also occurs on my ACER running 7 and my netbook running LINUX. There is nothing wrong with the disc. How do I either overwrite 7 or install side by side. Thank you.

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#1
May 21, 2011 at 13:13:20
Just out of interest, exactly what question did you pose to Microsoft when you say they had 'no solution'? From a tech point of view it's a hardware fault not a software one.

Anyway, is the XP disk a genuine one? You state there's nothing wrong with the disk, but as you have tried it on three different machines I would really suspect that your faith in the disk is misplaced.

Final point, the first thing to do before replacing a recent machine with XP is to check & make sure that the drivers you'll need are all available - so before you wipe off Win 7, make a note of the exact hardware that you have to make the job easier.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#2
May 21, 2011 at 14:18:38
I only use genuine Microsoft disk mainly because in my experience they are problem free. I say this disk is problem free because despite the failure in these three units I can still use it to reformat PCs with this operating system XP Home installed and just use the product key from the side of each unit. The code that came with this disk has not been used but installation on these portable devices never gets to the point of asking for it. I also tried a Windows XP professional disk just to check this with the same result. I described the mad scrolling problem to Microsoft (it would be quite coincidental to have the same problem in laptops of different manufacturer with only the OS in common) and was referred to different sources which also had no fix other than the external mouse.I have adjusted all the trackpad settings but none had any effect on this. The hardware driver info is useful which I would obtain from BELARC Advisor if I ever find out how to complete the installation Thank you.

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#3
May 21, 2011 at 23:41:12
OK, next option would be to copy the CD contents onto the formatted harddrive and then install from there - has the advantage of not needing the disk when installing future hardware or running sfc, amongst others.

At what point does the blue screen occur? Are there any details given?

I mention finding the drivers before wiping the drive because Belarc isn't great at unknown drivers and as XP is now over 10 years old newer components just may not have drivers written for it, especially chipset drivers which would have a bearing on the overall running of the machine.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#4
May 22, 2011 at 01:50:14
Sounds to me like a touchpad problem. I assume you have tried to change the settings?

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#5
May 22, 2011 at 02:47:04
I suspect the OP has already decided to ditch Win7 rather than get the initial problem sorted, I was just interested to see what would happen if the problem occurred with XP as well & whether we would actually hear the results.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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