problem with installing win xp over vista

May 18, 2009 at 16:30:38
Specs: Windows Vista
hi.i have acer extensa 5220 and it came with window vista i have problem with my window saying that"you need to activate your window"i lost the vista iam trying to install window xp.i do the following
1.put window xp cd into cd rom.
2.restart computer and press f12 to run from cd..
.bui stuck after geting this msg.
"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps. Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check you hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption and then restart your computer.

please help me out.

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May 18, 2009 at 17:36:01
eRecovery Procedure before Vista Upgrade

... you may still have your recovery partition intact with the preloaded factory condition "OS" waiting for you there!

.. read the "doc" from link above.

"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze

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May 18, 2009 at 23:17:10
I'd be inclined initially to safeguard data etc. - and then set about fixing the problem...

Knoppix/Ubuntu etc. will likely allow you to boot and extract/copy data to optical media. Verify those copies can read on at least one other system if possible?

If you had a legit copy of Vista - and know the details (the magic key/COA etc...) then likely M$ may allow you a replacement copy (for a few £££/$$$); or the vendor may oblige too? If it was recovery disk... then vendor may oblige again with a replacement? And likewise it's very likely there are others "out there" who can/will sell you a set of recovery disks...?

Is your XP CD a full version; or a dreaded recovery set?

RAM may be an issue here... If you have two or more sticks installed - reduce to a single stick (min 128Meg) and try each in turn?

I haven't gotten really involved with Vista - yet; have no desire too - unless essential... But there are issues in replacing it with XP to be aware of?

This ref refers to the basic issue

Be absoulutely sure you have all necessary drivers for XP that apply to your Acer; visit Acer site to see what is there - before you try to remove Vista and install XP...

Rather than use F12 to boot from CD... change boot-sequence in bios to be CD first then HD... Likely this will circumvent the problem you descrie intially?

Presuming so... and you do have all drivers etc required... (and don't proceed/attemtp to install XP until you have) the boot with the CD and reformat the drive... etc?

And again copy off all data first (using Knoppix/Ubuntu CD to this end).

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