Clean Install of XP Fails after Vista Install Success

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by John Kotuby, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. John Kotuby

    John Kotuby Guest

    Hi all,
    I didn't know which group to post in... XP or Vista. Maybe I will cross-post
    if necessary.
    Here is the problem. I got a new Dell Inspiron 531 with a single 160 GB
    drive. The motherboard supports SATA Raid 1. I purchased an identical
    Seagate drive (model# exact), activated Raid 1 and created the array. Upon
    POST the machine indicates a healthy Raid 1 array.

    I then installed Vista Business from the DVD, The install went quickly and
    flawlessly and the OS is working just fine.

    However, I discovered that some critical business applications would not
    install on Vista and therefore decided to fall back to XP Pro until the
    applications are brought up to Vista compatibility.

    Upon attempting to then do a clean install of XP Pro from the DVD I ran into
    a problem. All the drivers and support files loaded properly as per a
    typical XP pre-install setup routine.. However, after the message "Starting
    Windows" is displayed (still in the very beginnings of the install), there
    is a delay of about 30 seconds and then I get a blue-screen indicating that
    XP found problems with the Hard Drive or Drive Controllers. I tried 3 times
    and the same thing happened.

    The machine still boots and runs Vista without a problem.

    I am confused as to how Vista accepted the drive configuration without my
    having to load a Sata/Raid driver up front. Is the problem that after the
    prompt "Press F6 to load additional drivers" I should need to install a
    driver to be used during XP setup so that it will recognize my Sata Raid???

    Thanks for any replies... John
     
    John Kotuby, Oct 10, 2007
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  2. You should only install one operating system
    on a RAID array. The proper way to dual-boot
    is to first install Windows XP on one drive, then
    install Windows Vista on its own separate drive.

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    Hi all,
    I didn't know which group to post in... XP or Vista. Maybe I will cross-post
    if necessary.
    Here is the problem. I got a new Dell Inspiron 531 with a single 160 GB
    drive. The motherboard supports SATA Raid 1. I purchased an identical
    Seagate drive (model# exact), activated Raid 1 and created the array. Upon
    POST the machine indicates a healthy Raid 1 array.

    I then installed Vista Business from the DVD, The install went quickly and
    flawlessly and the OS is working just fine.

    However, I discovered that some critical business applications would not
    install on Vista and therefore decided to fall back to XP Pro until the
    applications are brought up to Vista compatibility.

    Upon attempting to then do a clean install of XP Pro from the DVD I ran into
    a problem. All the drivers and support files loaded properly as per a
    typical XP pre-install setup routine.. However, after the message "Starting
    Windows" is displayed (still in the very beginnings of the install), there
    is a delay of about 30 seconds and then I get a blue-screen indicating that
    XP found problems with the Hard Drive or Drive Controllers. I tried 3 times
    and the same thing happened.

    The machine still boots and runs Vista without a problem.

    I am confused as to how Vista accepted the drive configuration without my
    having to load a Sata/Raid driver up front. Is the problem that after the
    prompt "Press F6 to load additional drivers" I should need to install a
    driver to be used during XP setup so that it will recognize my Sata Raid???

    Thanks for any replies... John
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Oct 10, 2007
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  3. John Kotuby

    John Kotuby Guest

    Thanks Carey for the reply...

    I guess I didn't make myself clear. I do not want to end up with a
    dual-boot machine... even though I had considered it.

    My intention is to re-format the Raid drive during the "clean" install of
    Windows XP, using the XP intall program that appears from DVD upon
    re-boot...booting directly from the DVD.

    I want to get rid of the Vista install compeletely...with the intention up
    doing an Upgrade install from XP Pro to Vista Business later when the
    applications I need to run become Vista compatible. I have heard that the
    upgrade install from XP to Vista actually works well...much better than
    previous upgrade installs.
     
    John Kotuby, Oct 10, 2007
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    Doug Guest

    Jonh, I would suspect that you are correct in your last statement. XP
    does have problems with SATA Raid drivers. You will need to get the XP
    drivers for your sata controller and use the F6 option to load them at
    install time. This should then allow you to continue your install as
    normal.

    Doug
     
    Doug, Oct 10, 2007
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Doug is correct.
    Something for the future. When you go back to Vista, do a clean install.
    Upgrading from XP to vista, you are asking for problems.
     
    Mick Murphy, Oct 10, 2007
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    John Barnes Guest

    You will need the drivers on a floppy when asked on the bottom of the screen
    for F6 drivers.
     
    John Barnes, Oct 11, 2007
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