I need to reformat and install XP

February 21, 2009 at 15:14:05
Specs: Windows Vista
I've been trying to clean install XP pro for a week now, nothing is working for me.

I currently have windows vista, and im in need of getting rid of it.

I need a place where i can get simple step by step ways on how to properly format a computer and install windows XP.

I want to let you know that when i restart my computer with windows xp it will not detect my partitions and goes into an error making me unable to continue.

So basically I want to format my computer so nothing remains, and install windows XP.

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February 21, 2009 at 15:42:44
What error are you getting? Does your computer use IDE or Sata drives? Also, you want to make sure that there are XP drivers for your hardware devices.

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What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
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February 21, 2009 at 16:15:06
it says the file setupdd.sys is missing or corrupted. I think it is using IDE.

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February 21, 2009 at 17:11:32
Vista uses a new boot format called BCD (Boot Configuration Database). This creates a boot conflict, one in which Vista wins, or crashes the computer. The standard boot sector for XP uses the Boot.ini, NTldr and NTdetect files to boot. Try creating a floppy boot disk on an XP computer with the boot files to boot the computer and then when you start the XP install, perform a quick format from setup. You can find the files in the i386 folder in the Windows folder.

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February 21, 2009 at 17:55:14
It still won't find any partitions on my xp disk.. It just says
unkown. There is no os on my computer because I
formatted the whole thing. Why does this have to be so

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