Unable to Install windows XP over windows 7 [Solved/Closed]

Ask a question suri - Latest answer on Oct 10, 2012 01:09PM
I have installed windows 7 and I want to switch back to windows XP.But I am not able to install it.All the time it gives a blue screen and says the harddrive might be curropted or there might be virus.This is being happening after the installation of windows 7.
I formatted the drive once even then the same problem.
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I just wanna guys out there. coz ive faced same problem as you got...

Heres the step on how you can install xp on pre installed win 7.
On the Setup of your bios.
Choose the ATA instead of AHCI on the SATA configuration..
then now apply the changes. then insert your cd on the cd rom. make sure you have chosen the cd as your first boot device.
Jobandrewf08- Jun 18, 2010 06:38AM
This space is not enough to give you thanks! You help me a lot! Thanks John! Nice work and Help!
wishy- Jul 9, 2010 10:13AM
thanks buddy
Michael- Jul 9, 2010 11:01AM
can you please do vid on youtube or something like that cuz I just cant figure it out....thnx anyway
Lovelu- Oct 10, 2012 05:00AM
Thanks.. buddy.....
Dev- Oct 10, 2012 01:09PM
Many Thanks for Help.
This is working. I was trying to do the same thing since last 6 months.
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So far so good. Just bought a new Toshiba Satellite.
In bios hard drive mode, I didn't have "ATA" but rather "compatibility"
as an option. which worked. Got love XP Pro.

Many thanks.
moins plus
Hey Guys, I was running into this problem too. My BSOD was during the windows xp install, it would get to the part where the bottom of the screen would say preparing to install windows then dead. Here is the only fix I could figure out: (unfortunately this fix assumes you have an image of the computer before the Win7 install)

Remove the harddrive from the computer.

Use a USB adapter or an external enclosure to plug the drive into another computer.

Format the drive to NTFS.

Put the harddrive back in the original computer.

Put in your Imaging CD (I use Acronis).

Flash your image back on to the harddrive.

I had to go through about 6 hours of work using this method to take a test computer from Windows 7 64-bit, to Windows Server 2003.

Hope this helps someone.
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I had the same problem as I wanted to install Win XP before the expiration of the pre-installed trial Windows 7. I followed the advice from John JEASter (this thread) but it didn't work. I kept getting a hang up on 'verifying DMI pool data' when I rebooted after installing Win XP. I even phoned the manufacturer of my PC and talked to the Tech guys and they suspected it was a corrupted BIOS. However, what I did was to format the whole drive eliminating the 100MB system partition used by Windows 7 and then everything worked fine. Presumably this 100MB partition kept trying to load Windows 7 (which had been deleted) and this caused the problem.
Td- Oct 4, 2012 02:52PM
moins plus
Dear Sir,

You can rollback the changes,

You will have to format your computer and install windows XP again

RO39- Nov 29, 2009 07:25AM
In order to Install Win XP,you must first go into your System BIOS and see if there's some options for SATA such as Native SATA or AHCI. If so, disable them and then try to install XP.

The BSOD screen is the result a of sata/raid issue with XP. So disabling AHCI in your BIOS will get rid od the BSOD.

Worked for me AND I had Windows 7 Installed.
kaz- Jan 9, 2010 10:15AM
Thank you so much. I thought my hard drive has gone. You've ssved me a fortune. Thank you Thank you!!
Senny RO39 - Feb 12, 2010 03:27AM
Oh man, thank you so much!
i was stuck a wholl week with that thing.
you saved me
Abhi RO39 - Feb 12, 2010 04:22AM
Thanks for the help.... I worked for me too......
NiceTime RO39 - Feb 14, 2010 04:39AM
Awesome man,

you are genues,

i have been trying to format Windows7 to install windows XP long time ago and I hav tied many many times, but it failed,
but after your guiding I have done it very very easy.

Thank u very very much,

this is what realy called HELP.

Best Regards
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Here is what I did for people who have a netbook but found in hard doing it with a bootable usb:

1. Buy an external enclosed dvd drive unit, they sell for around $30.
2. Setup BIOS to boot from CD/usb unit.
3. Put the operation disc in the DVD unit and install the same way as if your netbook had a CD/DVD drive.
4. This is the best way for people who are not that techie, and also this way saves you time but not money, which is sometimes a good trade off.

*But the way I did mine by using an old usb hard drive enclosure. I have a desktop computer and this is what I did:
1. Removed the backing on the enclosure unit
2. Open the desktop computer and removed the ide and power cables from the dvd rom drive.
3. Installed the enclosure backing on the dvd drive
4. Hooked up the usb connection from the unit to the netbook.
5. Setup the Bios to boot from cd/dvd drive
6. Installed windows xp
7. Done
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Hey John, you are works on laptop too.
thanks a lot for the advise.
moins plus
Thanks for your Fix RO39
Disabled "Native SATA"
On an HP Laptop HP550 worked like a charm allowing XP to be installed from scratch

Thanks for the tip


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