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Windows 7: Cannot install Windows XP back onto a Win7 CPU

02 Oct 2009   #11

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Do a search for CPU-Z at majorgeeks . com for a program to get system spec,etc.

I think you may need to download a 3rd party utility CD to pre-format your HD, before you try the re-install of XP.

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02 Oct 2009   #12

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition 4.0.1

Freeware also @ majorgeeks to partition your HD

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02 Oct 2009   #13

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by justince View Post
I've recently wanted to change back to XP. However, anytime i pop in my XP disk and boot it from the bios, it blue screens me. It gets as far when its loading drivers and sort to the point it says in the grey bar, "Setup is loading Windows", and some how it bluescreens me (doesnt let me get to the option of formatting the drive), but the error is...odd. It says its pointing as the main directory as the F drive, not the C drive.

Help please, i really hope this harddrive isnt trashed for whatever reason.
Maybe you could tell us what issues caused you to want to go back to XP?

The knowledgeable people here might be able to resolve those issues for you.

MS support for XP will soon be ending, probably not in the next several months, but soon.

Another option might be to dual boot, depending if you have the HD space available.
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03 Oct 2009   #14

windows 7, Vista

if you are using windows XP before you can bring it back without using any CD.. wait till i upload a screenshot of this so you can follow it easily ok?
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03 Oct 2009   #15

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Did you have Windows XP installed on that computer before? And did you install it or did it come that way from the manufacturer.

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Imageshack - sysinfopg1

I wasnt able to remove the hard drive from the boot seqence, only change the

order. And no, i had vista on this machine.
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03 Oct 2009   #16

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there.

If it is a NEW computer you will have to slipstream SATA drivers on to the XP disk before you can install it - or if you are lucky your BIOS might have an "Enable SATA as IDE (legacy mode)" type of option.

Backup any DATA you need before you start including your email. If you have Outlook you can download an email backup utility from microsoft - pfbackup.exe.

So first ensure you have at least an XP SP2 (SP3 is better) install CD. Copy this to your hard drive (using W7). Now download the SATA / Chipset drivers (or use Driverpacks -- google for their site).

Now use nLite (download via google) and Slipstream into your XP install Cd that you've copied to your HD.

Create a NEW CD with nLite.

Boot it -- delete all partitions found on your disk when prompted for Windows install. Create your Windows XP partition - 15 GB should be MORE than enough for a windows XP installation - save the rest for data / dual boot in case you want to re-install W7 at a later time.

Install your Windows XP system

You should be able to hunt down any missing drivers etc after you've installed windows XP.

The Driver packs method is probably the best as the driverpacks contain almost every XP driver on the planet.

( I used to do this quite a lot when "De-Vista-ing" older computers to run on XP again - these old machines were delivered with VISTA which used to run like a dog on older hardware).

Follow the tutorial here

Driverpacks Tutorial

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