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Windows 7: Help Please!

06 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit (Ultimate)
Help Please!

Hello SevenForum Team Members!

Am new into the forums and hope that i would have nice time with you guys. I have a problem, i have a laptop on which Windows 7 is installed but i want to install Windows XP SP3 ... which i cannot .. i already burned the Windows XP CD and its bootable CD ... kindly help me i want to re-install the Windows XP on my notebook.

I'll be waiting for the positive and helpfull replies from senior and genius people like you


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06 Jul 2011   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

hi AK89, and welcome to sevenforums,

what exact problems are you having with installing XP?

do you know how to set your bios to boot from a CD?

do you still want to keep windows 7, or do you want to remove it completely?
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06 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 bit (Ultimate)

Thanks for your reply Mr.Mickey!

Infact i want to uninstall Windows 7 completely, and want to install fresh copy of Windows XP ... and no sorry i dont know how to Setup in BIOS, and i dont want to keep Windows 7 anymore, as am using it in my other Notebook.
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06 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

I see that Dell only has drivers for Win7 X64 for the N5110. You're completely on your own if you wish to install XP.

You'd need to check whether every essential driver on your notebook has an XP version available.

If you're not experienced at identifying hardware and hunting down drivers, you may find the process challenging.

Have you considered installing XP mode? It runs XP in a virtual machine. It's free to users of Win7 Professional or Ultimate. There may be some performance loss compared to running XP as the real operating system, but at least you won't have an expensive paperweight.
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06 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 64 bit (Ultimate)

Dear Bob,

I want to install Windows XP on my HP Compaq 6720s laptop .... as its running Windows 7 on it ?
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06 Jul 2011   #6
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

ok, so you want to install xp on the compaq machine.

first of all you must ask yourself if you really want to install xp? windows 7 is so much better in so many ways, and xp can be a pain to install on some machines.

if you do really want to go ahead and install xp, then the best thing to do first is to make sure you have all the drivers ready. a driver is something that windows needs to make sure all your hardware works correctly. sometimes the XP install disc has the right drivers on it, but not always, so it's a good idea to make sure you have everything in case you do need it.

you can find the drivers here.

you'll need to download the audio, chipset, graphics, touchpad, network and storage drivers.

i'm not sure which of the wireless network drivers you'll need - it seems that compaq/hp sell slightly different versions of your laptop. to see which drivers you will need, you will have to look at device manager under windows 7 to see what network hardware you have - then download the relevant drivers - for instance if windows 7 tells you that you have intel wireless, then download that one for xp.

once you have downloaded the driver, do not try to install them in windows 7 - you will need to put them on an external drive or burn them onto a disc - you will need these after installing xp - install each driver in turn, you'll probably have to reboot after each one - it will take a long time.

ok - now let's talk about how to boot from the xp install disc. maybe your laptop is already set to boot from a cd - if so, simply insert the disc and boot the computer - the xp install process should start automatically (but slowly).

if your machine doesn't boot the disc on its own, you have to tell it to. when you start your computer up, you should see a message similar to 'press F2 (or delete or some other key) to enter setup' or you may see something like 'press F12 to change boot order' - i don't know what your machine has.

please report back what message you see on the screen when you start it up, and we'll take it from there.

my advice is so stick with windows 7 - you will save yourself a lot of trouble. why exactly do you want to install xp on it?
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06 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 64 bit (Ultimate)

Mr. Mickey,
Thank you soo much for your help and advices, infact i want to install windows xp on my another laptop due to some reason, am using my Dell Notebook on which m running Windows 7 ... and btw i tried setting the first device as CD Rom but still its not taking boot from it. I dont know whats wrong with it

I hope you will find a solution about it.

Thanks in advance!

Seven Forums Rock!
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06 Jul 2011   #8
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

are you sure it's a bootable cd?

where did you get it from?

you will also need a valid xp serial number.
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06 Jul 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


If your Win XP CD, does not support your Sata Controller, you will need to load drivers to uses at F6.
Load Sata Controller drivers with a floppy disk is the best way.
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

How to install Win XP tutorial:
XP Clean Install
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06 Jul 2011   #10

Windows 7 64 bit (Ultimate)

@ Mickeyyy ... yeahh mann its Bootable! And i have the proper serial number aswell.

@ Theog ... will give a try for sure ... thanks for the reply!
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