Vista to Windows XP

April 13, 2009 at 07:20:33
Specs: Windows XP, 256
I Have DELL LAPTOP & I have uninstalled my vista & when i tried to install XP, Its gives error related to Hard Disk. Not able to findout harddisk.
return when i try to install it back its working fne.
so how can i install XP?
please provide some solution

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April 13, 2009 at 10:53:40
You may have SATA hdd installed in your laptop. Windows XP install routine does not natively contain SATA drivers in it. You have to install SATA drivers manually before Win XP is able to recognize your SATA hdd.

To install SATA drivers manually, you may be able to use an USB flash disk.

Obtain the SATA controller drivers and put them on the USB flash disk. Start up your laptop with the Win XP disk in the CD tray. Your laptop must be configured to boot off of the CD drive first.

When Win XP install page appears, there will be a clickable button with " install drivers " or similar wording on it. Click it and show the path to the SATA drivers.

Conversely, if you can slipstream SATA drivers into the Win XP install CD, then you do not need to provide SATA drivers during installation.

Hope the above helps.



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April 13, 2009 at 14:01:13
Some bios's allow you to set sata drives to look like ide. That may be easier and just as fast.

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April 15, 2009 at 05:07:53
How is it possible in BIOS to set SATA look like IDE?

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April 15, 2009 at 07:53:10
Below is a method to configure SATA port as IDE Primary Master.

Please note that the following is an example taken from Gigabyte Award BIOS for Desktop M/B. Your BIOS may not allow you to configure SATA as IDE device and, even if it does allow you to, then the wording may be different in your BIOS software.

Boot into " BIOS ".


Put " ON-CHIP SATA " on manual.

Set SATA Port0 Configure as IDE Primary Master.




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