Dumped Vista, Can't install XP Pro

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by HyDef, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. HyDef

    HyDef Guest

    I installed Vista Business on my comp that has a Lanparty nf4MB, Athlon 64
    cpu and 2Gb of ram and a Seagate 120Gb HD. Unfortunately it's incompatible
    with my new analog/digital TV tuner card so i want to switch back to XP Pro.
    I decided to "wipe the HD" clean with Dban and load XP Pro using the
    installation CD. The installation process began OK.
    I carefully followed the instructions from several MVP's here and deleted
    the existing partitions, created a new one, formatted it, and Windows then
    loaded files and rebooted.
    Well, sort of....because that's when I got the "error loading operating
    system" message, right after the "press any key to boot from the CD" prompt.
    Does Vista leave code planted elsewhere on the HD that's not cleaned by
    Dban? Any suggestions?
    HyDef, Oct 16, 2007
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  2. Whether or not Dban removes everything is not really relevant.
    If you are deleting the partition using the Windows XP procedure,
    everything will be gone.
    I assume you are deleting and recreating the partitions and formatting
    using the tools included with Windows XP and during the installation

    If after doing that and you get an error, the most likely cause is a
    failing DVD drive or dirty DVD.
    Clean both.

    Were you in the case swapping cards?
    Power off and open the case.
    Check and reseat all connections paying particular to the cables
    attached to the DVD drive and motherboard.
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Oct 16, 2007
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  3. HyDef

    HyDef Guest

    Let me try to understand this. If "everything" that Vista has written to
    the HD is removed, the HD should be like "new", correct? But if there is
    code that Vista has installed (for instance, "the rescue installer") in the
    Host Protected Area ("HPA"), which hasn't been removed, that may be the root
    of the problem. Now, wouldn't that be relevant? If I'm incorrect in trying
    to understand this, please let me know why having a "totally clean" HD is not
    I did that but how can I confirm that "everything is gone". When a 120Gb HD
    shows only 114Gb in the partition, there's 6Gb of something else still in
    Yes, I did that, following the directions to the letter - twice
    Nope, near-new DVD drive worked flawlessly with Vista and XP Pro before
    that. Swapped it to another computer to test - no problem.
    Note: I'm not alone with this issue (attempting to reinstall XP Pro after
    "uninstalling Vista), so there may be something a little more complex
    (related to code that Vista installs on the HD) than a dirty DVD or failing
    DVD drive. I'm just trying to get educated here and appreciate the help.
    I am always fastidious about cleanliness - the DVD/CD's are spotless.
    No - it is as it was.
    I did that twice

    I did read, from another MVP said that a call to MS may be needed to have
    them send a file(s) to resolve this issue. Might that be the case here?
    HyDef, Oct 16, 2007
  4. If you delete all the partitions, EVERYTHING on the drive is gone.
    Use other tools if you want, but after using other tools, be sure to
    delete partitions (if any), add partitions and format using the
    Windows XP Media.
    Deleting all partitions will delete the HP.

    Your missing 6 GB is normal and expected.
    It has to do with the difference between the way manufacturers
    advertise the drive and the way the computer sees the drive.
    this explains it somewhat:

    "Might that be the case here?"
    I doubt it.

    You may need to press F6 to install, the drivers such as RAID etc.
    Check your hardware manuals for details.
    Step 2 of the installation on this page:

    Jupiter Jones [MVP]

    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Oct 16, 2007
  5. HyDef

    John Barnes Guest

    Hard to understand what you are saying, but you do not 'hit any key' at that
    point in the installation.
    John Barnes, Oct 17, 2007
  6. HyDef

    f/fgeorge Guest

    Actually many Bioses say that when helping you chose whether to boot
    from the bootable cd or not. Hitting 'any key' will boot from the cd,
    doing nothing boots from the next device on the list.
    You may end up getting a new hardrive. That one was loaded wit han OS
    that may have left vestiges of itself. There is a program, if you have
    a floppy drive, called 'hardrivekiller'. It is basically a Linux boot
    disk that will wipe your drive to DOD specs. That may do the trick. I
    have heard of people making boot cd's and using it, but never have
    f/fgeorge, Oct 17, 2007
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    John Barnes Guest

    After the system has installed and is rebooting, you DON'T want to boot from
    the CD.
    John Barnes, Oct 17, 2007
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