Need help to install different Window OS

June 10, 2011 at 07:56:46
Specs: Windows XP
I need some help, here is the background :

I have a Toshiba laptop installed with Vista. It no longer boots up. Get the windows scrolling bar for a few minutes. HDD works during this time, then HDD stops, screen goes black and nothing.
I have tried pretty much everything, Toshiba recovery disk, Vista repair CD, reseating memory and HDD.
Results remain the same. My question is this. I want to take the HDD and connect it to my desktop computer. I would like to format it and reinstall windows on it.
Can I do this given that, my desktop is on Windows 7, and I want to install Windows XP OS on the laptop HDD from my desktop.
Is this feasible and if so, are there any pitfalls I need to be aware of.

Thanks for your help

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June 10, 2011 at 08:07:26
Your making this too hard for yourself. All you have to do is put the XP CD into the Laptop's CD Drive, press F12 at BIOS to bring up the Boot Menu, select CD Drive, and boot off of the CD and install Windows XP! You don't boot off of the HDD doing this, so you won't get any errors. Just follow Setup's instructions to Format the drive, and install Windows.

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June 10, 2011 at 08:19:38
Thanks for the info, problem is I did try to boot off of the WinXP install CD and get the sme proble,m.
My thought was to format HDD and start vclean, but maybe my problem is elsewhere

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June 10, 2011 at 08:27:22
If the same problem occurs when booting from a CD you almost certainly have a hardware problem and reinstalling the OS won't help.

Installing an OS on one computer and then moving it to another is almost certain to fail, particularly when one is a laptop.

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June 10, 2011 at 08:42:42
You more than likely have a hardware problem. But if you don't, what you're proposing most likely will not work. The windows installation should be performed with the HDD in the laptop. If you do it in the desktop, it will be configured for the desktop's hardware. When you swap over to the laptop, windows will recognize the difference in hardware & display a blue screen error. Also, it's likely the laptop has a SATA HDD which means the SATA drivers will have to be installed during the install process or the XP setup program won't even detect the HDD. Do you even know if there are XP compatible drivers available for your laptop?

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June 10, 2011 at 19:05:17
Many Laptops will boot to the hard disk. There is usually a quick screen where you use the left/right arrow keys to select the optical drive to boot from.

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