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Windows 7: Installing Windows XP on Windows 7 - Incompatibility Issues

03 Jun 2013   #1
Gregrs

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Installing Windows XP on Windows 7 - Incompatibility Issues

Personally, I hate windows 7. I think its crap and that windows xp is more friendly to me. I know that windows 7 is more stable than windows xp, but I don't care, I just wan't windows xp. So, I put the disk in my computer and I clicked install windows xp, but than this thing popped up.



It syas that windows 7 is incompatible with windows xp. How can I make windows 7 compatible with windows xp so that I can install and use the windows xp OS instead of windows 7?


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03 Jun 2013   #2
Kari

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You cannot start installation of an older version from desktop of a newer version. You need to boot your PC with XP install media.
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03 Jun 2013   #3
TwoCables

 

Boot to the XP disc and install it clean. Back everything up first, though.

How long have you spent trying to get used to Windows 7? I mean, I am finding 7 to be far more user-friendly than XP, and I even hated 7 at first.
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03 Jun 2013   #4
Gregrs

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I tried windows 7 for a bit over a year now. How do I boot it and install it clean though?
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03 Jun 2013   #5
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Boot to the XP disc and install it clean. Back everything up first, though.

How long have you spent trying to get used to Windows 7? I mean, I am finding 7 to be far more user-friendly than XP, and I even hated 7 at first.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gregrs View Post
I tried windows 7 for a bit over a year now. How do I boot it and install it clean though?
Select in your BIOS to boot from your disc drive and reboot...press a key to boot from the disc
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03 Jun 2013   #6
Gregrs

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I've tried that. It says that my computer was being shut down to prevent harm to my computer, or something like that. I'm guess it isn't compatible, which brings me back to my question. How do I make windows 7 compatible with windows xp?
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03 Jun 2013   #7
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

It looks like you tried it from within windows again. You powered down and booted from the xp disc?
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03 Jun 2013   #8
TwoCables

 

Put the XP disc in the drive and reboot. Before Windows begins loading, your motherboard may detect that you have a bootable disc in your optical drive and you may be prompted to press any key to boot from it.

If this works, then you'll be able to install Windows XP clean with no problem.

If you're not prompted, then you'll have to go into the BIOS to temporarily change the boot priority so that the optical drive is first.

In other words, Windows 7 will not need to be messed with first.

Please forgive me for this, but are there specific things you don't like about Windows 7 that maybe we can help you with? I hated it at first, but now I feel that XP is garbage in comparison. It's comparatively clunky and it looks like something someone made in their parents' basement.
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03 Jun 2013   #9
gregrocker

 

XP is now too old to install on most modern hardware.

If you're using a CD with SP3 and it BSOD's like that then it likely needs the SATA drivers, which can only be supplied in XP by floppy, a media entire generations have never heard of. SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot

Otherwise you can slipstream the SATA controller drivers into the XP CD this way: SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

A much easier method is to virtualize XP from within Win7 using freeware like VMWare, Virtual Player or Virtual BOx, or free XP mode in Win7 Ultimate or Pro.

It's possible XPired methods were used with Win7 which can ruin it. Compare the tools and methods you used with those here which assure a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. We'll help you resolve your issues if your willing to try.
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03 Jun 2013   #10
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
XP is now too old to install on most modern hardware.

If you're using a CD with SP3 and it BSOD's like that then it likely needs the SATA drivers, which can only be supplied in XP by floppy, a media entire generations have never heard of. SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot

Otherwise you can slipstream the SATA controller drivers into the XP CD this way: SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

A much easier method is to virtualize XP from within Win7 using freeware like VMWare, Virtual Player or Virtual BOx, or free XP mode in Win7 Ultimate or Pro.

It's possible XPired methods were used with Win7 which can ruin it. Compare the tools and methods you used with those here which assure a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. We'll help you resolve your issues if your willing to try.
He's not getting a BSOD. All that's happening is that he gets this when he inserts the XP CD while in Windows 7 (which I know is to be expected):

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So we are asking him to boot from the XP disc which he has not yet done.

So we have two things here: the first is that he tried to install XP while in Windows 7 but he gets the above message (which again, I would expect). The 2nd is that we have asked him to boot to the XP disc which he has not yet done, so we are waiting for the results on that when he tries. There's nothing else going on yet.

So, I see no need for any of this advice yet at this point. It's just going to confuse him. I want to try to keep this as simple as possible.
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