Change vista to xp in pavilion dv 4 [Solved/Closed]

san - Oct 16, 2008 at 01:39 PM - Latest reply:  kunmun
- Oct 30, 2009 at 11:56 PM
how to change vista to xp in pavilion dv 4? please help anyone.
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I have successfully installed Windows XP SP2 32-bit (then upgraded to SP3) on a HP Pavilion DV4 1275mx which originally came with Windows Vista 64-bit. (furthermore.. I have a Vista64/XP32/Ubuntu32 tri-boot.)

I have ALL drivers working - video, sound, wired network, wireless network, SD card reader, bluetooth, and accelerometer (protects against HD being damaged when dropped).

Note: The only one that is NOT loaded is the ACPI driver which handles sleep/hibernation/screen dimming/fan speed adjustment. If anyone has a solution to that please let me know. Its actually a fairly minor issue.

I cannot post a quick 'do it this way'. I've hacked and modified drivers from other manufacturers and OSes to create working ones for the DV4, which I'm very sure I can't post due to copyrights and EULAs. THESE ARE NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ON THE WEB. At the risk of sounding like a tech support douche, I highly recommend sticking with Vista.

If you're set on converting to XP, I can make it happen, but I need to see some interest before I take the time to post a VERY lengthy tutorial on how to get all these drivers together and hacked to work. Reply if you want it. If I get enough interest, I'll write it up.

Thank you, Krylar 44

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I need to use xp pro on my pavillion dv4 (vista 64 bit).. please please send me all info I needed to my mail or any shared site or dirve ftp etc.. I must to it this week. I tired preparing bootable cds etc
Hello dear friend,

I was trying to reinstall windows xp on a Laptop computer(HP pavilion) running windows vista. Numerous occasion, when starting my windows xp fresh installation, along the way I have this message:

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer - supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3

Please can you help to get over this problem as I am very determine to get rid of windows vista for ever.

Thanks very much in advance
Can you send me please quick tutorial how can I downgrade to windows xp on my dv4

Thank you very much
Hello, were did you download the drivers for laptop hp pavilion dv4-1275mx???

i needed urgently!!!!!!!
I have sucessfully instal Vista 2 Xp & allso instal all driver but the sound driver cann't work properly.So pls send me the solution for the sound driver for Hp Pavilion DV-4 1414tu.
xpcman 19105 Posts Wednesday October 8, 2008Registration dateContributorStatus July 18, 2018 Last seen - Oct 16, 2008 at 02:53 PM
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First check the HP site to see if they provide drivers for XP for your exact model (there a 192 models of the dv 4). Without drivers you have a major problem with the conversion to Win XP.

follow this link:

If you still want to convert - follow HP instructions to burn a backup/reinstall DVD for Vista - buy Windows XP (that itself may be hard) - download and burn to CD all XP drivers -
set the laptop to boot from the CD/DVD drive and restart with the XP CD inserted. Follow all instructions to wipe the hard disk and install XP. Then install the drivers you downloaded.
Parth > BANDIT - Mar 1, 2009 at 10:59 PM
I M Parth. I Hav Bought new HP DV4 1131TX. I wanted 2 know if sp34200 will work on my laptop. I m stuck with vista. And now I want to downgrade it but sound drivers r not available. I thought u might b able to assist me.

HP HATER > Parth - May 7, 2009 at 05:48 AM
Hello, Parth,

I think I talked to you at HP the other day,,,,can't their engineers firgure out their hardware and work arounds for their own dirvers.

Owais75 > BANDIT - Jul 15, 2009 at 08:33 AM
hello hero

I let you know that in the pavilion dv4-1040ee have IDT audio Drive
daredevil5313 > bala - Jun 3, 2009 at 06:47 AM
hi bala..........m jayesh
i had just bought a new dv4 1131tx laptop and want to install the xp in it.........
can u help meplzz.....
i m getting blue scree during the installation......
so any solutions to it........
wll b thnkful to u if u help me out...
Thank you

I have recently bought HP Pavilion DV4 1204TU preloaded with Vista. I tried to install XP by Slipstreaming SATA drivers got from one of the forums. I was able to install the XP but when I tried to boot the same in normal mode it is hanging. It keeps on displaying the welcome screen and nothing hapens after that.

I am able to successfully boot and run the machine in Safe mode but some how it is giving trouble in normal mode. Can anyone tell me what could be the root cause. Also, can anyone let me know where I can find the XP drivers for this machine (including SATA).

Thanks and regards,

Thank you
change vista to xp in pavilion dv2000.
i want 2 change my xp drive in to vista drive
chiblinx 7 Posts Sunday February 22, 2009Registration date May 11, 2009 Last seen - Feb 23, 2009 at 08:43 AM
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The introduction of Windows vista has caused numerous challenges in the computer world. From consuming of computer memory, software incompatibility and others including the challenge of trying to downgrade you laptop or desktop from windows vista to windows xp.

Firstly, power your computer and enter the BIOS setup. For most motherboards the button to enter the BIOS is F1, F2, F10, and DELETE
When you turn on your laptop or desktop computer, keep pressing these buttons one will take you to the BIOS. Then inside the BIOS setup utility, locate "Sata native support" under system configuration, and then disable it. Press f10 to save and exit the BIOS setup.

Insert windows xp cd in the cd rom drive. Restart the computer and set it to boot from cd rom drive. For some computer F12, esc, F10 will take you to the boot menu select the cd rom drive and hit the enter button windows xp installation process starts. Install windows xp the way you normally do it.

you can get more details from

if you dont know how to install windows xp you can also get info here
Thank you
Finally, I was able to install Windows XP in my DV4-1275mx! I have all devices working, except sound, bluetooth, the remote control and the card reader, but I think those drivers are available.
CHRISLNGUYEN 4 Posts Tuesday March 10, 2009Registration date March 11, 2009 Last seen > andy22584 - Mar 11, 2009 at 09:09 AM
i did what you did for the driverpacks... and windows would pass installation but when I reboot the notebook... it seems like its locking up. I get stuck at the windows xp screen when it reboots? why?
andy22584 > CHRISLNGUYEN 4 Posts Tuesday March 10, 2009Registration date March 11, 2009 Last seen - Mar 11, 2009 at 09:24 AM
I have no idea why it does that, I rebooted mine several times after installing each device and it was OK. Maybe if you try with a different XP disc.
alice > andy22584 - Mar 27, 2009 at 08:31 AM
Hey andy,

where did you see the post for dv4-1225 drivers? I have everything running except for the display brightness control and I am having some sound card issues. Also, a driver updater program is telling me that AMD SATA AHCI controller is missing. When I tried to install a program utilizing SQL database, XP totally crashed, and I had to re-clock it. Does it have to do something with the AHCI controller?

Thanks for some tips,

bill_rj > andy22584 - Apr 20, 2009 at 05:54 PM
hi! I have a DV4 1225!could you tell me in wich site did you find those drivers, please!when you downloaded the driver pack massStorage wich part have you integrated with the Nlite? all the D folder or just the other system file?
please help me out, I really need the XP working on this laptop!
you can also e-mail me at
thanks again!!!
Thank you
I have install win 2003 server to my toshiba laptop now I want to install window wista through my recovery disc.
in can anybody tell me is it possible to install vista home premium through recovery disc in the partion like in E Drive please guide me to resolve this problem.

Still I am not able to find the Sound and Video Driver for my HP Pavallion DV4 1318tu Lap after installing Windows XP. Please help me if any one did the same.
Thank you
Hi,i want to downgrade my dv4-1409TU to xp.but I cant even find it driver.Can any 1 pls post me the direct link?
Pls reply me ASAP.Ty a lot.
Thank you
Guys........don't think to buy this laptop.....i have just recently bought's a waste of money....cos Hp has vanished the Xp support option from BIOS we can't able to install Xp in it....
don't go for this laptop....'ll be in deep trouble....
all the best...for those who has already bought it....just bear with it....
Thank you
if u got any information
pls fw to me
hi hw ru??? I m installing win xp in my laptop hp dv4-1280us notebook entertainment pc but its gettin blue screen. as it has cums with vista home premium 64 bit... pls give me all details how to install xp o/s in my laptop. thanxs in advance n send it to ma mail all drivers..........
hi my hp modelno is 1211tu
Lethal Rodant 2 Posts Tuesday September 22, 2009Registration date September 23, 2009 Last seen > BANDIT - Sep 23, 2009 at 03:43 PM
Hi Bandit,

Have just purchased hp pavilion dv4 1100ea and want to downgrade to xp. could u send me driver links?
kunmun > BANDIT - Oct 30, 2009 at 11:56 PM
I want to change vista in my hp pavilion dv4 laptop to windows xp. I can install windows xp3 but I can't find all the drivers like audio driver ,bluetooth driver,card reader etc. can u please help me. I m so upset about it.
vatzgr > amy257 - Feb 26, 2009 at 08:25 AM
hi there. I have same problem....

hp pavilion dv7 1150ev..........

u said u use dban and works perfec............ where can I fount it?

and what you have done with sata drivers?
Thank you
Please do!!
cameron402 3 Posts Friday March 6, 2009Registration date March 8, 2009 Last seen - Mar 7, 2009 at 12:28 PM
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File name:
sp42277.exe, (1/1 , 1.75M)

By downloading, you agree to the terms and conditions of the HP software licensing agreement
» HP software licensing agreement.

Released: 2009-01-20
Version: A
Compatibility: Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32-bit), Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit)
System requirements: No additional prerequisites

Description: This package contains the driver for the HP Integrated Digital TV Tuner in the supported notebook models and operating systems.

Enhancements: Fixes an issue where the system stops responding (hangs) when conducting common scenarios with the built-in TV tuner.
Dragon_ 32 Posts Sunday February 22, 2009Registration date March 19, 2009 Last seen - Mar 9, 2009 at 02:17 AM
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Need the SATA driver for HP Pavilion DV4 - 1275mx 'Entertainment Notebook PC' for installation of Windows XP. Thanks in advance.
Dragon_, I believe the following file contains the SATA drivers, I do have a 1275 mx but they didn't work. As you, I'm waiting for Krylar's tutorial on how to install XP.

Dragon_ 32 Posts Sunday February 22, 2009Registration date March 19, 2009 Last seen - Mar 9, 2009 at 01:51 PM
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Maybe he has been busy with his school work like finals or something. Hope he does good yeah i'll just wait for Krylar. I'm sure he will get to it sooner or later.
Dragon_ 32 Posts Sunday February 22, 2009Registration date March 19, 2009 Last seen - Mar 11, 2009 at 09:21 AM
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Did you have to go through every file an integrate the SATA drivers? Andy sorry to keep asking but i'm very new to all of this nlite stuff and I have made like 10 or 15 coasters lol. That did not work I just don't want to make another thanks in advance.
No, not all! In fact, when you download the file, you'll get a ".ini" file and a folder called "D". Just follow any tutorial on how to integrate them into the XP, but, when you choose which driver to install, choose MULTIPLE DRIVER FOLDER. So, the only thing you have to do is select that folder called "D" and integrate them in text mode.
To avoid burning useless cds, I'm using a CD-RW disc. Try that.
Dragon_ 32 Posts Sunday February 22, 2009Registration date March 19, 2009 Last seen - Mar 11, 2009 at 09:51 AM
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Right on thanks alot hope the drivers you found work. Thanks for your help bro ttyl peace.
Dragon_ 32 Posts Sunday February 22, 2009Registration date March 19, 2009 Last seen - Mar 12, 2009 at 06:15 AM
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well I tried what you said andy and I still get the blue screen of death blahhhhh.
I did it. I have WinXP running, all devices working perfectly. I also found the correct driver for the SATA HDD. I have all drivers required, but I still get 8 devices UNKNOWN. Anyway, video, sound, bluetooth, card reader, webcam, quicklaunch buttons, remote control, modem, WLAN and ethernet drivers tested. I also got the HDMI drivers (but I don't have a HDMI TV to test it). I will try to make it work with XP 64bit edition. So I can take advantage of the 4 gbs of RAM (by default, the video card takes 700 mbs and the OS will only recongnize 2.75 Gbs)
Tonight at home, I'll see if I can upload the SATA drivers for th dv4-1275mx (not tested with others) so you can integrate them to the XP CD.
juce > andy22584 - Apr 21, 2009 at 01:02 PM
I NEED this sata driver for the dv4-1275mx laptop Very Badly for a customer at our work.
please send to -
if it gets it working, I may be able to persuade work to compensate you!! thanks!!!
epfreire > andy22584 - May 19, 2009 at 12:12 PM
Hi friend, could you please share with me your sound drivers? I'll really apreciate if you do. Thank you
epfreire > andy22584 - May 19, 2009 at 12:16 PM
body, my email is
Please share your drivers
Dragon_ 32 Posts Sunday February 22, 2009Registration date March 19, 2009 Last seen - Mar 12, 2009 at 01:36 PM
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I did everything you said andy do I have to have vista still on it? Because I wiped it like another forum said to do this sucks so bad I don't understand why hp couldn't have just made it backwards compatible. And have drivers for it to what's the big deal why they got to make it so hard to put what you want on something you buy I don't get it.
Dragon_ 32 Posts Sunday February 22, 2009Registration date March 19, 2009 Last seen - Mar 13, 2009 at 06:52 PM
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this sucks I must be doing something wrong. Because I still get the blue screen where did you get your xp sp3 at maybe that's my problem andy?
Dragon_ 32 Posts Sunday February 22, 2009Registration date March 19, 2009 Last seen - Mar 14, 2009 at 09:42 AM
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i hope someone can help me I have tried alot of of different xp's and them sata drivers andy told me to download and I am still getting a blue screen I have the dv4-1275mx laptop this is driving me nuts bad I have tried everything I can think of I just can't catch a break for some reason the same thing that worked for andy won't work for me i'm beginning to think I will never get xp on my brand new laptop I hap no idea I was going to have this much trouble or I wouldn't have bout a hp not right that they didn't make it to where we could just install xp just like any other computer I have used well hope someone can help me because I realy need it bad thanks in advance peace
heme > andy22584 - Mar 25, 2009 at 10:40 PM
Hi Andy,

wich specifically driver did you use for de hdd, and how did you integrated it

i've been trying with diferent ones using nLite to integrate them to a WXP SP3

juce > Dragon_ 32 Posts Sunday February 22, 2009Registration date March 19, 2009 Last seen - Apr 21, 2009 at 01:35 PM
could you email me the SATA drivers for the DV4-1275MX that andy sent you? THANKS!!!!
Huterfi > andy22584 - Mar 31, 2009 at 08:44 PM
Do you have another link for the SATA Drivers for the dv4-1275mx? Thanks.
juce > andy22584 - Apr 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM
I NEED this sata driver for the dv4-1275mx laptop Very Badly for a customer at our work.

i just need to get XP running. im sure I can get the rest of the drivers.

If you could please email it to me, I would be eternaly greatful!!!!

pelase send to -

and if it gets it working, I may be able to persuade work to compensate you!! thanks!!!
hey andy,

can u tell me how to get the sata drivers and install the xp. please iam in urgent need!!
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