Before going any further, have you taken the time to ensure all necessary drivers for your laptop exists? Given it's been 3+ years since Vista supplanted XP, it might well be that no such drivers exist.
A good litmus test, not that a lot of people like hearing this, is whether or not they can figure out how to install XP on a SATA drive. If a person can clear that hurdle, then odds are they can handle whatever else is thrown at them. Otherwise, it's like a giant flashing neon sign saying abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
And given XP is on life support, with that life support set to go away next year IIRC, it would be a rather idiotic move to install such an antiquated OS. The security risks alone should make you think twice. The closer XP gets to that final EOL point, the less likely Microsoft is going to be motivated to fix any security issues they might find in XP. If you have some old beater of a car, and you're already in the initial stages of selecting a new one, are you going to spend a lot of money on a new stereo system or reupholstering the seats, maybe getting the muffler replaced so it isn't hanging by a shoestring and a prayer? Of course you're not! So why would you expect Microsoft to act any differently? They've been wanting to shuffle people off of XP's mortal coil for ages now, and anything they can do to help gently encourage exactly that, is just fine by them. Bonus if it saves them money in the process.
XP is a rotting diseased corpse of an OS that should never have been allowed to exist as long as it did. So unless you're a glue maker by profession, leave this particular dead horse to nature.
I started by popping in my windows xp boot disk, but then i get the error
"set up did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer"
so i follow this guide
which gets me to step 2:
^^^^Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I've seen this section called 'On Chip Config' on some Phoenix Award BIOS
On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it's in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)^^^^
So i look in my bios which looks like this
(thats not mine, mine only says phoenixBIOS setup)
but i have noooo idea where to Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section..
can anyone help me get past step two of my guide? lol
ps please help, im in china and this thread has taken me 2 hours to make im desprite.