Solved Install XP on a HP Compaq 8000 Elite

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June 23, 2014 at 20:17:04
Specs: None, 8gb
I got my HP Compaq 8000 Elite it came with Win7 64bit but I had to set it up myself after I got it during the setup process the thing froze up so I had no choice but to kill the power and in doing so it won't load windows or restart the setup and the computer didn't come with an install cd. Plus I don't have windows 7.

I have windows XP 64bit but when I boot the CD it loads up all the drivers and everything for setup and gets to the part where it says "Setup is loading Windows" then I get a blue screen of death that basically tells me that it can't continue setup.

The problem and the only thing I can figure to do is to format the Hard drive and then install XP, because I think that since the hard drive has windows 7 partially on it and it's newer than XP that is causing the conflict. I don't really know though if i format it will I be able to install XP or not so was hoping someone maybe knows whether formatting will allow me to install XP or not..

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June 23, 2014 at 20:21:05
Did you buy this new or used? The HP 8000 comes with the OS disc as well as a driver disc. If you bought this used, you can go to HP's website and order the OS install disc for a nominal fee.

XP will install on that computer, we've used the HP 8000 series computers for a while now and had XP installed on them. If you choose to wipe the drive and install XP from scratch it should work just fine.
HP has XP drivers for that model.

The fact that it screwed up when you originally set it up and now blue screens when you try to install XP leads me to believe you might have bad RAM. You might try downloading a bootable disc with Memtest on it and check your RAM. Do a Google search for Memtest.

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June 23, 2014 at 22:55:44
" I don't really know though if i format it will I be able to install XP"
We can only try. There will be a way,

Make sure when you reinstall, you delete ALL partitions & format to NTFS.
XP - D to Delete the selected partition

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June 24, 2014 at 05:07:02
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XP won't install because of the SATA hard drive. I'm not going to explain the work around because installing XP on a relatively new system is a very bad move. It would make much more sense to do a factory reset. Just press the F11 key at startup.

HP Compaq 8000 and 8080 Elite Series - Backup and Recovery

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June 25, 2014 at 06:05:18
I bought it refurbished can't even return it. As for installing XP that was easy I used Nlite to add the SATA drivers into XP and burned a new setup cd. Windows XP setup fine, I couldn't do a factory reset because I deleted the recovery partition to install XP..

the problem I have now is for Windows XP 64 the drivers that HP has for windows XP don't all work with it and a lot of them are just for XP 32bit. took me a whole day to find the right Intel video driver for XP 64bit.

Thanks for the help I was able to get it setup, but I'm probably going to have to break down and just buy windows 7. lol

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