You are trying to install XP. So you get this message during the install? At what point?
The usual recommendation is to use DBAN (free download) to fully erase the disk before installing XP. Then it should work.
And just to be sure:
1. Are you sure you have all XP-compatible drivers for all hardware inside the laptop. If not, you risk getting a half functional laptop (for example: no webcam or no WiFi).
2. Before you erase that hard disk, did you make the recovery disks to go back to Vista if you can't get XP working (or did you find the recovery disks that came with the laptop)?
I trying to install Xp on a laptop that has Vista installed on it and keep getting the following message:-
"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the fisrt time you've seen this stop error screen, restart you computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check to be sure you hane adequate disk space. If a driver is identified in the stop message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for driver updates. Try changing video adapters.
Check with your hardware vendor for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode or disable components, restart your computer and press F8 to select advanced startup options, and then select safe mode.
*** Stop: 0x0000007E (0xC0000005, 0xF76130BF, 0xF7A5F208, 0xF7A5EF08)
*** pci.sys - Address F76310BF base at F760C000, Datestamp 3b7d855c"
What does it mean and how do I get XP installed?