i am currently running windows 7 as the main

February 9, 2011 at 21:56:06
Specs: Windows 7
i am currently running windows 7 as the main OS and want to install XP after formatting windows 7.
But i get a msg that says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer" . any ideas?

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#1
February 9, 2011 at 23:38:26
It is because you have a SATA drive and XP didn't have appropriate drivers built in. You need to download the SATA driver from the motherboard/computer manufacturer's website and then as XP starts installation there is a line saying 'press F6 to load drivers' - press F6 and point it to the driver your downloaded, then the system will recognise your SATA drive.

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#2
February 10, 2011 at 06:11:05

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#3
February 10, 2011 at 12:52:33
Don't do it. Run a virtual machine.

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#4
February 11, 2011 at 06:15:25
it is not possible to run a virtual machine on my laptop because i am using a 1 gb ram...and windows 7 is very slow

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#5
February 11, 2011 at 08:45:43
Did you look at mickliq's link (method 2 should work for you, unless its a sony laptop - which don't generally allow you to set IDE/legacy mode in the bios, and if designed for windows 7 won't have any SATA drivers available to slipstream for method 3).

You will also need to find XP drivers - which again could be tricky if the laptop manufacturer doesn't provide them on their website.


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