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...
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?