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Installing Xp from a bootable flash drive


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#1 ali_ze

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:36 AM

Help Please
 
I created bootable usb with wintoflash software when I boot from usb it fails to find my hdd partition so I could select drive E for xp installation & yes I just formatted win 7 from E drive with windows tool create and format partitions.

 

-first formatted
-deleted partition
-re-allocated space
-system shows it is a primary healthy drive
 
Can you please help me out why booting wont detect hdd??


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 04:34 AM

If the hard drive is a SATA drive, XP will need the SATA drivers to install if the drive controller is in AHCI mode.The options are to set the drive controller to emulate IDE mode in the BIOS, have the mainboard SATA drivers available if the flash drive setup offers the usual F6 option to load third party drivers during setup, or create the flash drive installer from an XP disc with the SATA drivers already slipstreamed in.

 

This is the most likely cause I can think of for the installer to not find a drive.


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#3 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 04:44 AM

Hi

 

Please post the system details. If it is an assembled PC, post the full spec. In case of a branded PC or Laptop, post the make and model number.

 

I agree to Platypus. SATA mode being set to AHCI is the most common reason for XP setup to fail detecting HDD. If you are trying to setup a dual boot system with XP and 7, things will get complicated. If you change the SATA mode from AHCI to IDE, Win 7 won't boot. You can add the SATA driver to XP setup and keep the AHCI mode. This will avoid re-installing Windows 7.

 

 There is also one more thing. XP will overwrite the Windows 7 boot loader. We need to re-install it after completing XP setup. 


Edited by Anshad Edavana, 26 May 2013 - 04:45 AM.


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:22 AM

Hi

 

Please post the system details. If it is an assembled PC, post the full spec. In case of a branded PC or Laptop, post the make and model number.

 

I agree to Platypus. SATA mode being set to AHCI is the most common reason for XP setup to fail detecting HDD. If you are trying to setup a dual boot system with XP and 7, things will get complicated. If you change the SATA mode from AHCI to IDE, Win 7 won't boot. You can add the SATA driver to XP setup and keep the AHCI mode. This will avoid re-installing Windows 7.

 

 There is also one more thing. XP will overwrite the Windows 7 boot loader. We need to re-install it after completing XP setup. 

Anshad Edavana & others...thank buddies for helping...

System

Leveno i5, 2430M, B570e

HDD: 500G

RAM: 6G

Model Name & Number: 20129 / WB01100506

Made: China for Lenovo

 

is that all you need?

 

Scene: First I had win7 & win8 (of course multiboot that I could select whether to load 7 or 8) but now I need XP.

I loaded win8 and deleted partition containing win7 and re-allocated disk space, then

 
I created bootable usb with wintoflash software when I boot from usb it fails to find my hdd partitions so I could select drive E for xp installation and just finding the same usb containing xp setup...
 
hope I explained scenario...is that because of that AHCI mode you guys were talking about or......??/
 
Suggestions...plz...
 


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:54 AM

Hi

 

So you are having a Lenovo laptop model number B570e . Yes, this model officially supports Windows XP. Here is the driver download page -

 

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/research/hints-or-tips/detail.page?DocID=HT072950

 

Unfortunately, installing XP after Windows 8 is complicated and may not work in all situations. I recommend start from scratch. That is delete all partitions, then install XP first followed by Windows 8. If you really want to install XP after  8, post a reply after backing up all the data you want. I will post step by step instructions in next post.



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 08:01 AM

Appreciate You bud

 

actually im supposed to save time to start from scratch i.e. format hdd and install xp then win8...that is time consuming...that all y im pushing my head into this problem...

Regarding backup...i'v already taken backup to another disk drive named F!



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 08:40 AM

Hi

 

In fact installing XP after 8 is more time consuming than a clean install. For your information i will illustrates how complicated it is.

 

Here is the basic steps you need to follow.

 

1 ) Prepare XP CD or USB with SATA AHCI driver.

 

   This step is mandatory even if you are decided to install from scratch. AHCI mode provides significant performance improvement over IDE emulation.

 

    Download nlite from  http://www.nliteos.com/download.html  

 

    SATA AHCI driver from http://download.lenovo.com/UserFiles/Driver/en/Downloads%20and%20Drivers/B570e/XP/IN1AHC18WW1.exe

 

    7 zip from http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

 

2 ) Install 7 zip and right click on the downloaded IN1AHC18WW1.exe. Choose 7 zip-->Extract files to unpack the driver. Now you will see a folder named f6flpy-x86 . This is the AHCI driver we needed.

 

3 ) Open nlite and follow instructions in the below links to integrate our AHCI driver to the XP setup.

 

     http://www.wikihow.com/Slipstream-Your-SATA-Drivers-Into-a-Windows-XP-Installation-CD-Using-nLite

 

     http://www.wikihow.com/Slipstream-Your-SATA-Drivers-Into-a-Windows-XP-Installation-CD-Using-nLite

 

  In the step to choose the driver, just select our extracted f6flpy-x86 driver.

 

4 ) If you are succeeded in slip-streaming the driver, you will now have a AHCI ready XP ISO image in your hand. I strongly suggest burning this to a CD and use that instead of a USB drive. A blank CD won't cost that much.

 

5 ) Install XP to the empty partition either using CD or USB. If you are succeeded, you will not see a boot menu to select Win 8. Instead XP will directly boot in to it's desktop.

 

6 ) We need to re-install the Win 8 boot loader. To do that follow the below steps.

 

        Boot from the Windows 8 DVD

       a ) At the Install Now screen

       b ) Click Repair your computer

       c ) Click Advanced Options

       d ) Click Troubleshoot

       e ) Click Startup repair

        f ) Follow the on screen instructions

 

7 ) Now the system will boot in to Windows 8, but it won't display the XP option !. We need to use a third party tool named EasyBCDhttp://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

 

     Here is a detailed instruction on how to add Win XP to the 7 or 8 boot manager menu.

 

     http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Installing+XP+After+Vista+or+7

 

     http://www.kombitz.com/2010/11/08/how-to-add-windows-xp-to-windows-7-boot-manager-using-easybcd/

 

Now you will be able to see boot option for both XP and 8

 

 

Here is a more detailed instructions which originally meant for Win 7 but the same applies to Win 8.

 

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html


Edited by Anshad Edavana, 26 May 2013 - 08:41 AM.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 10:43 AM

wow great...! :)

Edavana you taught like you could understand my psyche...

 

Its really great, step by step...now im going to try this






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