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Vista rollback on a laptop

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#1 mjfrakes


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Posted 26 January 2010 - 04:25 PM

I need to rollback a Dell Vostro 1400 laptop with Vista installed to XP Pro. Whe I attempt to just install XP, I get a message that says no hard drive is installed. How do I install XP to a laptop?

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 05:11 PM

I need to rollback a Dell Vostro 1400 laptop with Vista installed to XP Pro


Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 06:24 PM

If you are trying to roll back to XP first i would ask why :huh: and i was looking at the specs on the internet and it has a SATA harddrive and XP doesnt support SATA. You will either need to configure the BIOS to make SATA drives IDE by going into the devices part i think and then set it to configure SATA as IDE.(Note: not all computers allow this to happen i have never had a computer that doesn't but I have heard there are some that don't)

Or you could go to this site...
(You might want to read some of the comments on the site.)
This will give you the drivers that you need im guessing that you hard drive its self is fine. If you cant load vista well then that is a different story.

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