format problem adding XP to Win 7 box

March 5, 2010 at 09:09:16
Specs: Windows XP
hi...i have a Sony Vaio with windows 7 and i want to put windows xp i try to format it but when i press enter to make format it says *sorry but you cant format the disk because your disc cant be recognize* i don't know what to do... i try to format from the cmd but it says *you don't have the appropriate permission to do that* something like this please help

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#1
March 5, 2010 at 09:47:03
why would you want to revert to XP?
Anyways, make sure you have the computer to boot up via CD rom, then having your XP disc in it, reformat and install that way

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#2
March 5, 2010 at 18:47:18
If you need xp then you will have to slipstream drivers into the cd.

I suggest that install a virtual machine on the windows 7 and then install xp in virtual hard drives.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#3
March 5, 2010 at 21:10:18
Understand that it is not going to be easy to install XP in a newer computer that came with windows 7 since your install CD is probably a number of years older and will not have the correct drivers for your hardware. The process of merging the drivers (if you can actually find them) with the install medium and burning a new install medium is 'slipstreaming' as mentioned above. This may be beyond your abilities, but even if it is not, You REALLY do not want to go BACKWARDS like that. Keep windows 7 and if your need to run a program that will not otherwise run on windows 7 (but did run on XP) is really that great, take the other suggestion and install a virtual machine. You will be much better off in the long run. <if my description of slipstreaming is simplistic, it was intended to be>

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#4
March 15, 2010 at 14:47:58
valantis,

If you wish to use Windows XP with your Windows 7 instalaltion, have you considered using XP Mode and Virtual PC assuming your hardware supports virtualization? To learn more about XP Mode, please see the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vi...

Should you require additional assistance and guidance, Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here http://social.technet.microsoft.com... . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams.

Jessica
Microsoft Windows Client Team


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