Solved Cannot install XP on Asus motherboard

October 16, 2017 at 01:56:02
Specs: Windows 8
Hi guys!!,

My Asus P5G41T-M LX currently runs on Windows 8. I would like to also install XP since a program I desperately need to work, only runs on XP. I have changed a setting that allows for plug and play operating systems, to "yes". The software installs all files until it gets to the point where it restarts the pc...it's then when the famous blue screen appears...Could anyone please help me so I can install XP?..


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October 18, 2017 at 06:32:00
In answer to your question immediately above: see this post from an earlier time here...

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answe...

and these links may prove useful reading and resources...

can't vouch for the integrity of the download sources as haven't used them.. but at least on appears to an Asus source?

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P...

http://www.techadvisor.co.uk/forum/...

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P...

another source for chipset drivers for your board:

http://www.asusdriversdownload.com/...

http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/MO...

Generally one doesn't go for bios/firmware updates unless essential... Correct chipset drivers do need to be installed in some cases even though they are often included in a given version of windows.

If the bios supports an external (usb) device boot up then you can install XP from there; using a cd/dvd? I've not ever used a flash drive to that end but I presume that a flash drive would need to be bootable... I'd use a bootable cd/dvd version...



#1
October 16, 2017 at 02:43:39
Presuming win-8 is still installed and working, have you tried compaability mode for the application?

Another option is to install xp in a vm (virtual machine).

Hoever - is the motherboard able to run xp; are there all the required drivers available for xp on that board?


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#2
October 16, 2017 at 02:58:53
I would not know how to try compatibility mode?., as far as the motherboard goes, I was not aware that the board itself had to have drivers as well?..I thought all drivers came with the installation disc, so I would have to find a site from which I can download XP drivers for the board first?..Thanks for helping..

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October 16, 2017 at 09:29:10
"I would not know how to try compatibility mode?"

Right click on the program or setup icon, select Properties, click the Compatibility tab, select WinXP (SP3), then click Apply. You should also check the box for 'run as administrator'.

Other than that, if you want to install XP in a dual boot config with Win8, you will need to pre-load the SATA drivers at the start of the installation or create a new XP disc with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it. This has to be done because XP was released before SATA became the main interface for HDDs, therefore XP doesn't recognize SATA drives. If the SATA drivers aren't pre-loaded, I believe the error will be 'no hard drive detected' or something similar.

https://www.wikihow.com/Slipstream-...

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#4
October 16, 2017 at 23:25:33
Apologies for coming back only now, I had to suddenly leave town. Anyways, the board has 4 SATA and 1 IDE ports. So, I would have imagined that since there is an IDE port (connection), that the board would somehow have allowed XP. I am using an IDE drive currently. One SATA is there for my ROM, and the other 3 are spare. Yep, I tried the XP hard drive from my XP pc, but it doesn't start up.
Okay, so, even though I'm running an IDE drive, I should still load SATA drivers?..Are SATA drivers compatible for different boards, or are they board specific?..Sorry to worry you with this...I do appreciate your assistance..

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#5
October 17, 2017 at 04:59:45
You don't need SATA drivers if you're installing XP to a PATA/IDE HDD. However, you can't transfer a HDD with XP already installed on it from one PC to another. You will have to do a fresh install.

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#6
October 17, 2017 at 05:13:49
I think you can do a repair installation to make the transfer of a hard drive with XP installed in one computer work in another...

The advantage of that approach - presuming it all works OK - is that data will not be lost in the process. But it would be wise(r) to ensure any data is safely duplicated off that hard drive (to external storage media) before hand - just in-case...


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#7
October 17, 2017 at 05:17:27
yes, I have in the meantime looked at the web trying alternate ways of finding help, and discovered one cannot use an already installed HDD on another pc..that I've got now, but I'm still nowhere with trying to discover the reason why XP would not install to the IDE HDD. I understand that you might be busy with all sorts of things, but if you could maybe point me in some direction to start getting to the bottom of this, I would honestly appreciate it..Thank you kindly..

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#8
October 17, 2017 at 05:21:53
Hi trvlr,

I cannot now remember if I had that option when I tried my XP HDD, but I do think to give it another try just to be sure..Thanx for that...appreciate.


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#9
October 17, 2017 at 06:20:28
Remember that the repair option is a little further into the installation routine; in effect you go down the new installation path and get a question re' repairing the present installation.

More detailed (excellent tutorial) here:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/X...


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#10
October 17, 2017 at 06:58:15
Thanks a lot, I have read the link contents and I'm going to check things out this afternoon. Will post tomorrow my findings...thank you very much...

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#11
October 17, 2017 at 18:53:15
How nice it is to find an OP who offers thanks for help received... very rare indeed!

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#12
October 17, 2017 at 23:13:48
Hallo trvlr,

Alright, here is the verdict. I have the following options in BIOS: (1) Advanced/USB Configuration/Legacy USB Support...This I enabled, then (2) Advanced/PCIPnP/Plug & Play OS...This I set to "YES". Other than this, there are no legacy settings to check..So I did the following:
Took out windows 8 HDD and inserted XP HDD from my other pc. Inserted disc and started up. The system loaded the files but as soon as the restart prompts, the blue screen appears. Then I decided to take out the XP IDE HDD and install a formatted SATA HDD to do a clean install. The exact same thing happens. So I am stuck once again...I guess I have to look for SATA drivers for XP then?..

Also, the fact that I only have Legacy USB support, does that mean I need to have XP on a memory stick, to load and install from there, as opposed to the ROM?. I appreciate your willingness to help me out here...


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#13
October 17, 2017 at 23:18:20
Hallo Ewen,

To me this is duty...one should never just take things for granted and/or ride other people's backs, we all sacrifice our time to help others unselfishly and the least anyone can do, is to show gratitude. Yet, some people just do not grasp this...Have a blessed day!


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#14
October 18, 2017 at 00:00:50
trvlr,

I have looked at the official ASUS site. I selected my board, and selected XP. The following drivers are available: VGA, BIOS, AUDIO, LAN, UTILITIES (Express Gate Installer) and CHIPSET.

I fail to see SATA drivers for XP...Will theses drivers be in the CHIPSET or BIOS packages maybe?..


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#15
October 18, 2017 at 06:32:00
✔ Best Answer
In answer to your question immediately above: see this post from an earlier time here...

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answe...

and these links may prove useful reading and resources...

can't vouch for the integrity of the download sources as haven't used them.. but at least on appears to an Asus source?

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P...

http://www.techadvisor.co.uk/forum/...

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P...

another source for chipset drivers for your board:

http://www.asusdriversdownload.com/...

http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/MO...

Generally one doesn't go for bios/firmware updates unless essential... Correct chipset drivers do need to be installed in some cases even though they are often included in a given version of windows.

If the bios supports an external (usb) device boot up then you can install XP from there; using a cd/dvd? I've not ever used a flash drive to that end but I presume that a flash drive would need to be bootable... I'd use a bootable cd/dvd version...


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#16
October 18, 2017 at 06:42:29
trvlr,

thank you kindly..This is as far as you can possibly go with this thing. I will certainly check everything out properly and see where that takes me. Thank you very much for your time, I honestly appreciate this.


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#17
October 18, 2017 at 07:13:40
I have pm'd an olde hand here who was (is...) an XP guru - amongst several here; but not all of them are always across here as much as was... So he may or may not respond...

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#18
October 18, 2017 at 23:07:43
Good morning,

Sad news that I'm still nowhere no matter all the angles I've tried. I believe and I have accepted that it is not possible to install XP professional on Asus P5G41-M LX. This board does not support RAID. trvlr, thank you very much for your help, I'm really sorry that I'm unable to give you good news. I think the next step will either be Virtual pc, IF that would be possible, OR just look out for 512M/1G DDR ram to install in my original XP pc. I'm stepping of this thing now....thanx again..
http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx...


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