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How do I install XP over Vista

by nealehollamby / September 6, 2011 11:08 PM PDT

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.

Technical information:

*** 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?

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Re: error
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 6, 2011 11:44 PM PDT

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)?


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That's a message I see on SATA HDD systems.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 7, 2011 2:14 AM PDT

Did you do your research on HOW TO INSTALL XP TO A SATA HARD DRIVE?

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That's a message I see on SATA HDD systems. - New!
by nealehollamby / September 7, 2011 6:14 PM PDT

No, I didn't. Is it diferent to the norm?

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Re: install XP on SATA
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 7, 2011 6:30 PM PDT

Older versions of XP (my Media Center Edition SP2 disk didn't, however, you forgot to tell what edition and what version your CD is) don't know about SATA disks and need a driver on diskette. So you press f6 when it asks about raid and put that driver diskette in the A:-diskette drive.
Setting the BIOS to IDE-emulation might work also.

But it's not sure at all that that's your issue.


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Yes it is.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2011 1:15 AM PDT

And has many discussions and web pages about it. Sadly some don't want to look for that info.

I understand why but installing such an OLD OS will have you researching about this and many other issues.

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How do I install XP over Vista
by nealehollamby / September 7, 2011 6:16 PM PDT

Have tried DBAN and still get the same message

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Re: tried DBAN
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 7, 2011 6:27 PM PDT

Did it work? Is your hard disk now totally erased (that is: not a single partition on it)? If not, try again until you succeeded.

If you get any message installing XP on an empty hard disk from the Microsoft issued holographed CD, please tell more about
1. What steps of the install succeeded (some detail please) and when it fails (e.g.: at the third boot of the installation, after I logged in as Admin)
2. What the exact error message is


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