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Trying to downgrade from windows 7!

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.

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In reply to: Trying to downgrade from windows 7!

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.

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I may not make glue but i enjoy throwing horse legs at children...

anyways, im a complete nub when it comes to any tech.. i had no idea about any of this crap. I just wanted xp because my laptops not to good and it would run faster with xp.

but it seems the risks out way the positives.. plus i didnt understand the first part of what you said. lol not sure about the whole drivers thing..

anyways, **** it. thanx for saving me time.

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Hi Blaziner

I also wanted to get back my XP..
I bought a system from Systemax with Windows 7 installed on one of the SandyBridge recall motherboards..

I bought the system cuz it was a great deal with Win-7 and i figured I am ready for an Up-grade..
I hated Win-7 the second it booted up.. BUT I swore I would give it at least 3 months.. I did and then I tried to dump it.. I looked at every forum and post available to dump it and get back XP,, nothing worked..
I called Systemax Tech and they couldn't help.. Even some of them didn't like Win-7 but they simply didn't know what to do because the SandyBridge Motherboard held on th Win-7 for dear life..

Ok,, fast forward to the recall,, they called me to say they were ready to recall my SB board and I asked them to simply NOT reload Win-7 back on it and to my surprise and delight they did Not reload it, instead they sent me what they called a "Raw" motherboard,, Nothing on it,,,,, Nothing.......

Ok,,, upon their sugg's I first down-loaded to a CD, All XP drivers and other kinda Universal drivers, you know for the DVD and Usb 3.0 and Most important,, the ethernet card.. Without that I couldn't get any other drivers..

I slipped in my Legal XP Home disc and that baby sucked it up like a sponge,, I loaded all my drivers and because I am very computer UN-savy and made some silly mistakes it took about 3 hours longer than it should have but in the end I got my XP Home to work Flawlessly on my "new" SandyBridge board with i-7 2600K and 4 gigs of big ram.. Gall darn, it sure feels good to have XP back..
This all took place about 6 months ago..

Maybe my story will assist you on your endeavor to dump Win-7,, hope so..

Now I gotta figure out how to keep using it when Microstupid dumps XP on me..................... jeeeeeze

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