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Installing Xp


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#1 liamthomas6

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:02 AM

Well, I try to install xp... Seems simple...

BUT, When i boot from disk, it says it cant find any hard drivers!! I boot my pc in safe mode, And it copied over the files. All done, reboot pc, select, 'Windows XP setup.' Then, it crashes saying Check for viruses, or something...

ITS DRIVING ME CRAZY!

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Toshiba Equatium A200-IVO Laptop

Will it matter if i install a 64bit XP system on a 32 bit Vista system?


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Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:07 AM

Will it matter if i install a 64bit XP system on a 32 bit Vista system?


Sorry, I'm not sure if I understand this. Are you dual booting, or replacing the OS?

Is the XP disk bootable?

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:07 AM

Will it matter if i install a 64bit XP system on a 32 bit Vista system?


Sorry, I'm not sure if I understand this. Are you dual booting, or replacing the OS?

Is the XP disk bootable?


I am replacing the OS. And yes, The Xp disk is bootable.


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Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:13 AM

Working off of memory here:
Back up any files you want to keep. Then put in the XP install disk, reboot from CD and delete any partitions you dont want to keep. Then create a new partition for the xp install. Then format it NTFS (not the quick option). Then begin the install.

Have you done these steps already?

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:17 AM

Working off of memory here:
Back up any files you want to keep. Then put in the XP install disk, reboot from CD and delete any partitions you dont want to keep. Then create a new partition for the xp install. Then format it NTFS (not the quick option). Then begin the install.

Have you done these steps already?



No, I cant. It wont let me even get that far. It loads up all the files needed to install, Then after that, It says it cant find any hard drives installed on my computer...

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:13 AM

Can you see the HDD in the BIOS?

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:15 AM

Can you see the HDD in the BIOS?



BIOS? Is that where you press F12 and it brings up a list?

If it is, Yes.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:22 AM

In that case, consider running a diagnostic on the HDD from the manufacturer, if there is one.

Also, where did you get the install disk from? Retailer, second hand, whitebox shop, etc?

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:23 AM

I downloaded it, and my uncle got me a key from his work.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:24 AM

I've never done it that way, but do they offer some md5 hash or other way to confirm the downloaded file doesn't contain any errors?

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:26 AM

I've never done it that way, but do they offer some md5 hash or other way to confirm the downloaded file doesn't contain any errors?


Well the way i did it, might be illegal, but in long term, it isnt.

I got a winxp torrent, and my uncle got my a key. So, I dont think it is illegal

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:34 AM

If you can run a bootable manufacture scan on your HDD, that will eliminate that as a problem.

Although I have little experience with torrents, I suspect you have a corrupt version, but I cant say for sure. If you can, have your uncle borrow an install disk from work (which I believe would be legal if you have the license already), or even look into getting a disk on a more legitimate basis.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:37 AM

If you can run a bootable manufacture scan on your HDD, that will eliminate that as a problem.

Although I have little experience with torrents, I suspect you have a corrupt version, but I cant say for sure. If you can, have your uncle borrow an install disk from work (which I believe would be legal if you have the license already), or even look into getting a disk on a more legitimate basis.

Im not sure that my HDD is corrupt because i can install Windows Vista from my recovery disk. Do you know if Toshiba offer a downgrade to XP??

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:38 AM

The article in the link below will give you some valuable info for downgrading to XP or installing it as a dual boot.
Pay close attention to the importance of finding the drivers for XP.
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:54 AM

I suspect that you haven't loaded the SATA drivers for your hard drive. You do this by pressing F6 early in the XP installation process (there's a notice at the bottom of the page that says something like "Press F6 to load SCSI/RAID drivers). To do this you'll either need a floppy drive and a disk with the drivers on it - or you'll need to slipstream the SATA drivers into the XP CD.
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