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Problems installing Windows XP...

by Thyferra / August 21, 2009 12:55 AM PDT

I have a HP laptop that once ran on Vista. This summer before I left for college, I decided that it was finally time to downgrade to XP, seeing as I had backed up everything, and classes would be starting in a week.

So I did the usual thing. Insert CD, restart computer, and then..... BAM

"A problem has been detected, and Windows has shut down...."

Blue Screen of Death. The Stop Message: 0x0000007B (0xF78D254, 0x00000034,0x00000000,0x00000000)

I tried again, thinking fluke. Same result. Since the Blue Screen said there was a possible virus or hard drive corruption, I did the chkdsk option, and I scanned 200 gigs of HD for any kind of virus using my 2 programs. nothing. Everything checked out.

So I tried again with my downgrade. Same result. I was getting desperate. Perhaps there was a virus my computer would never find... I was eager to get back to XP.

Then, I, in my infinite wisdom.... used Killdisk.

To be honest, I don't know what I was thinking. I just gleefully turned the Killdisk boot, and went to town, ravaging my hard drive, destroying all the waste for a new OS to reign.

Alas, when I attempted to restart with the XP boot CD..... I was greeted with the same screen....

Any advice for a man, who's just on a journey to a new operating system?

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additional information
by Thyferra / August 21, 2009 1:04 AM PDT

oh, by the way.... I no longer have any form of operating system on my computer, so... hopefully someone has a solution that won't require that...

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Re: install problems
by Kees Bakker / August 21, 2009 1:07 AM PDT might be helpful. You won't blame me I didn't study all 191.000 hits, I hope.

You don't tell about the CD you used. I assume it's a fully legal holographed Windows XP CD, that's suitable for your HP, with a valid license. Not a Dell OEM CD or example, not a downloaded pirated version.

My advice would be to go back to Vista, then upgrade to Windows 7 when it's available, if you dislike Vista so much that you're willing to pay for an alternative. Didn't you use the cheap pre-order option?

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What laptop?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2009 1:09 AM PDT

While is useful it may not apply since you could have a SATA hard drive which XP does not supply. It's also too big for "XP". XP, the versions without SP1 or later have trouble with drives over 127GB.

So while you wrote a long post I couldn't find the model number so I'll stop here.

PS. Read as an example of what you have to do as well. HP may not have those drivers on the web site. You get to ask for them.

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More info
by Thyferra / August 21, 2009 4:50 AM PDT
In reply to: What laptop?

Sorry about that, The XP version I have is SP2, and it is holographed, straight from Microsoft. I assumed it worked on anything that needed an OS.

My Computer Model is an HP Pavillion DV5 (entertainment) model with a little over 220gigs of HD, so I think what you linked to is fairly useful, if disheartening... Ummm, I don't really know the hardware specs off the top of my head, so as for the Hard Drive...

HP has this thing where they say 'you don't need CD's to back this computer up' Guess who forgot about that.

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Found the Model Number
by Thyferra / August 21, 2009 4:55 AM PDT
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it is an HP Pavillion: model # dv5-1002nr

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The DV5 will be painful.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2009 5:26 AM PDT
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It has the SATA drive that is not supported by XP. Now all you need is a chat with HP about where the drivers are and how to get the hard disk to be recognized by XP.

"HP has this thing where they say 'you don't need CD's to back this computer up' Guess who forgot about that."

That's likely to not work after all this.

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