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Windows 7: Re-instaling XP

17 May 2009   #1
hbb

XP / Vista
 
 
Re-instaling XP

I installed Win 7 on an XP notebook that turned out to have a number of incompatibilities. I have since partitioned the drive on my Vista machine and am dual booting and it's working great.

Problem is -- I can't re-install XP on the notebook. Getting and error message telling me it won't let me install an older operating system over the newer one.

Any suggestions?


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17 May 2009   #2
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Are you booting the XP dvd and doing a clean install?

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase...p_sg_clean.asp
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17 May 2009   #3
hbb

XP / Vista
 
 

Yes -- that is what I am trying to do -- it set-up initiates but the "install" option is grayed out.
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17 May 2009   #4
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Not sure this will work, but.... Boot from the 7 dvd and start the install. Choose custom and you should be able to format the drive/partition from there. Then cancel the 7 install, switch to the XP CD/DVD and reboot.

Gary
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18 May 2009   #5
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Boot from the 7 disc, delete the partition. Boot from XP disc and install.

Edit: oops just say Gary's post. I think he and I are saying the same thing.
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18 May 2009   #6
hbb

XP / Vista
 
 
Fixed

It's all fixed --was able to boot directly from the XP disc and go back to XP.

My notebook rewired F12 to manually boot from the CD.

Thanks for the tips...
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18 May 2009   #7
xJason

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100
 
 

Ok good :P also, if you use a recovery disk set that you can get for free, from mostly HP but others, also then that works even better.
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18 May 2009   #8
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Glad you got it sorted out. Enjoy.

Gary
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