My Bios will not boot WinXP installation CD

July 28, 2012 at 06:20:30
Specs: Windows 7, 8gb
I have two sata harddrive, one with my win7 installed and now I want to install winXP in another drive. I followed the Dual boot tutorials in sevenforums, slipstreams sata driver into winXP CD. I've set my bios to boot CD/DVD drive first, but nothing happened, it still load into win7.
I tried to run xp installation in Win7 and found that the install option is greyed out.
What did I miss out? My motherboard is Biostar TP67B+ for information.

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July 28, 2012 at 07:30:59
Is the BIOS set to look for the optical drive (CD/DVD) first? Sure the disc you slipstreamed is bootable?

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July 28, 2012 at 07:40:37
Do you understand that XP is a 32-bit OS & it will only recognize 3.5GB (or less) of your 8GB RAM? There may also be driver issues.

Are you 100% sure you slipstreamed the SATA drivers correctly & that the new XP disc you created is bootable? When you attempt to boot from the CD, do you see the "press any key" prompt? Is it possible that it's there but hidden behind a splash screen? Did you test the disc in another system to confirm it's bootable?

Have you considered disconnecting the Win7 HDD (to protect it in case something screws up), installing XP directly to the 2nd HDD, then installing a 3rd party boot manager such as GAG?

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July 28, 2012 at 10:09:50
Does any store made cd or dvd boot? I assume you borked the cd you made.

No you can't install xp from windows 7.

Get a free virtual machine and use it.

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July 28, 2012 at 10:34:35

Why not use XP Mode/Virtual PC for the XP Software, lets face it XP is over 10 years old now:

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July 28, 2012 at 17:16:36
Yes, install a Virtual Machine and wih 8 Gbs of RAM you should not have a problem.

Bear in mind that Virtual PC 2007 is meant to be used with Windows XP Professional. It may work with Windows XP Home but you will lose a lot of the facilities like using the hosts resources like hard disk and USB devices as if it were its own.


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