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Windows 7: "This program is blocked due to compatibility issues."

18 Feb 2010   #1

"This program is blocked due to compatibility issues."

Hi Everybody,

I have gone thru the tutorial of installing a dual boot to my laptop. I have windows 7 as the first install, and I am trying to add Windows XP. I successfully partitioned the hard disk using the tutorial(using disk management to shrink drive C and creating a new partitioned drive). When I insert the Windows XP installer which I bought, I am able to click the Install Windows XP, but then this error comes out:

"This program is blocked due to compatibility issues." and something like: "Setup cannout continue because the version of windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD."

When I try to do the install on start-up, the setup is running but then I stumble again to an error:

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer", blah blah. And the technical info is like "***STOP: 0x0000007B"

Can anybody help me with this?

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19 Feb 2010   #2

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi

Hi there
Due to the Boot mechanism differences between XP and Windows 7 in general you should install the OLDER OS FIRST.

What's happening here is that the XP boot mechanism which is different from Windows 7 is attempting to hose up the boost files.

Some people have got XP to dual boot with Windows 7 installed first however but if it doesn't work install XP first.

These forums have an excellent tutorial for BOTH CASES.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

You can "Force" the XP system to work when Windows 7 is installed first by "hiding" the Windows 7 partition and setting the partition on which you want to install XP as "Active". GPARTED will do this.

However you'll then need to fiddle around with a boot manager.

My advice would be to wipe the discs, re-partition and start again installing XP first.

Windows 7 also often adds a small ACTIVE "System" partition which causes problems when installing XP as this is the "Active" partition so again I'd suggest you'll have a lot less problems installing XP first.

Don't forgget also with XP you probably will need to "slipstream" SATA drivers or your XP system won't find any hard disks -- you might be able to set the disks to IDE in the bios which will get round the problem.

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19 Feb 2010   #3

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

It would appear from the error message that you are attempting to run the XP installer from within windows 7 - this is not a valid install route.

Run the install CD at boot - the media for XP should be a bootable CD/DVD.

As jimbo has stated you may also need a copy of SATA drivers on a disk.

Once the XP is installed you will probably find that the Windows 7 install is broken, insert the Windows 7 disk and perform a start-up repair - you may have to run this several times - this should then create a dual boot menu with both operating systems listed
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19 Feb 2010   #4

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

Hi there, since you got bsod 0X7B, go to BIOS and change the SATA operation to AHCI MODE or COMBINATION MODE.
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19 Feb 2010   #5



I have Windows 7 as the installed OS that comes with the laptop i bought. So naturally, I was trying to add XP. I would not want to do everything from scratch if I clean install with XP as the first OS. I want windows 7 to be my primary OS, and boot to XP if there are applications that do not run on 7.


I will try that. I am a beginner and will need lots of advices here on.

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