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Installing xp

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#1 trw77


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 09:45 AM

Ok here is the problem. Laptop had windows 8 and got too much malware. So I used Dban to wipe it and was going to install xp. However when I put the disk in it says no Bootable device found. The boot order is right, and I have used the same install disk before. Lastly if I use an Ubuntu disk it boots just fine. Am I missing something?

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 09:59 AM

The computer probably has a SATA drive and controller. XP does not have native SATA drivers on the install disk. You need to use the F6 method and a floppy disk which the computer does not have or stream the controller drivers into a XP install disk with nlite. I would install linux Mint or Ubuntu before I put XP on a late model computer. 


You need to find out what chipset is being used on the laptop and it's possible there are no available drivers for XP. 


Edit: If the computer is an OEM that came installed with 8 then the key is embedded in firmware. You can download an install iso here. Windows will automatically activate when online.



Edited by JohnC_21, 17 October 2015 - 10:03 AM.

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