remove factory Vista installs and try to install XP. The problem is you need the drivers for the SATA hard drivers before it will be reognized.
Two weeks ago I bought a brand new HP note book (HP 530 notebook ) and I'm still hard working to install Windows XP SP2 setup on its harddrive.
During Win XP installation I always get an error that hard disk was not detected, however the harddisk is good because Linux install was good on that notebook .
I got a reccomendation to add the HP drivers trying to edit the Windows XP CD installation kit with a free software called nlite pre-installation Windows configuration software http://www.softspecialist.com/nLite-3244/nLite.htm
However, I'm looking for a decent solution without any nLite or other 'windows configuration tool' suitable for a new notebook and a non computer person.
If anyone had the same problem, I would be glad to get a simpler solution to make my new notebook to work with Win XP SP2. Also, a CD with drivers was not included in laptop kit.