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Windows 7: Install XP over 7

31 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 8 x64
 
 
Install XP over 7

One question; Isn't it possible to install XP over windows 7 via boot?
My friend said he wasn't able too boot from the XP installation CD at boot. When the "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD" screen appears, he presses any key, and the screen remains blank. I've even lent him my XP copy but it still doesn't boot with the XP CD.
BTW I'm not looking for the solution, I just want to know if it is possible.

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31 Aug 2009   #2

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

YES .. But you might have to erase the HD first.
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31 Aug 2009   #3

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

windows 7 is not running on your pc at boot time.

check the disc, drive and bios settings
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31 Aug 2009   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Cool Guy View Post
One question; Isn't it possible to install XP over windows 7 via boot?
My friend said he wasn't able too boot from the XP installation CD at boot. When the "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD" screen appears, he presses any key, and the screen remains blank. I've even lent him my XP copy but it still doesn't boot with the XP CD.
BTW I'm not looking for the solution, I just want to know if it is possible.
Anything, under the right circumstances, is posssible..
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31 Aug 2009   #5

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
check the disc, drive and bios settings
specifically USB keyboard support if he has a USB keyboard. If anyone has been building computers for a while he knows about this annoying problem. "Press any key..." doesn't work if the keyboard is disabled in the BIOS... (and some BIOS don't even support USB keyboards)
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31 Aug 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Yes I think we've all seen that one

Quote:
Sorry your Keyboard is hosed
Press a key to continue

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31 Aug 2009   #7

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

lol

And what makes it even more annoying is that none of my keyboards have an "any" key..
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31 Aug 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

I remember that a certain major manufacturer changed the entry in their manual in the 1980's from "press any key" to "press a key" as the helpdesk were getting too many calls for people who couldn't find the any key
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31 Aug 2009   #9

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

hehe, too bad nobody ever reads the manual

For those that don't know, the "Press any key ..." message is the BIOS code when it detects a bootable disc. So at least we know the disc is bootable.
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01 Sep 2009   #10

Windows 8 x64
 
 

Hey guys I've changed all the settings and stuff in the BIOS and checked everything. Sorry i didn't mention that. Everything is alright and even the keyboard is enabled and all that.
Just that it stays grey after pressing the key.
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