Switch back to Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by CP, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. CP

    CP Guest

    Currently have Windows Vista OS but trying to switching back to XP OS.

    Whenever attempting to reformat, I see the error msg saying:

    A prolem has been detacted and windows has been shut down to prevent damage
    to your computer.

    If this is the first time you've seen this stop error scree, restart your
    computer. If this screen appears again, follow there steps:

    Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives
    or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly
    configured and terminated.
    Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your
    computer.


    I'm a rookie and don't know how to check drives. Definitely not virus
    issues. Would appreciate giving me a a step-by-step solution. Thanks much..

    CP
     
    CP, Apr 16, 2007
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    mikeyhsd Guest

    you cannot format your system drive while the system is running.
    you need to boot from the XP disk and start the install from there, selecting to format the target partition.
    check this ms kb article on returning to xp.

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=933168&SD=tech








    Currently have Windows Vista OS but trying to switching back to XP OS.

    Whenever attempting to reformat, I see the error msg saying:

    A prolem has been detacted and windows has been shut down to prevent damage
    to your computer.

    If this is the first time you've seen this stop error scree, restart your
    computer. If this screen appears again, follow there steps:

    Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives
    or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly
    configured and terminated.
    Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your
    computer.


    I'm a rookie and don't know how to check drives. Definitely not virus
    issues. Would appreciate giving me a a step-by-step solution. Thanks much..

    CP
     
    mikeyhsd, Apr 16, 2007
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  3. CP

    CP Guest

    Actually that's exactly what I've tried, booting from CD drive with a XP
    installer CD in it.. sorry i didn't clarify that..

    Any thought why I get the error message constantly?

    Best,
    CP
     
    CP, Apr 16, 2007
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  4. CP

    Chad Harris Guest

    Hi CP--

    What you haven't stated is how did you get to Vista? Did you upgrade from
    XP?

    CH
     
    Chad Harris, Apr 17, 2007
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  5. CP

    CP Guest

    Hi Chad,

    No, it's the original one came up with my new computer. I don't understand
    why it's so freaking hard to reinstall a different OS which I've never had
    this problems before in XP - all I want is reformatting to XP - I think Vista
    really sucks besides the fancy interface and some cool functions.. I'm about
    to fling it down.. help me out!!
     
    CP, Apr 17, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    Have you checked with the computer manufacturer to see if there are XP
    drivers for this system? Not all new systems will have XP driver support.
    Are these SATA drives? If so do you have the XP drivers for the SATA
    controller on floppy disk, and did you install them early in the
    installation process by pressing F6 when prompted? Here is a link on how to
    do a clean install.

    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    Why does it suck for you? Is it an issue of Vista doing some things
    differently and you aren't sure about how to do that? There is a learning
    curve to it. You could post specific questions and folks here are glad to
    help.

    Good luck in whatever you decide.
     
    Rock, Apr 17, 2007
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  7. At the XP setup screen that allows you to format, you also have the option
    to delete and create a new partition. Delete the current Vista partition,
    create a new partition, format and continue with XP setup. XP setup may be
    having troubling recognizing the Vista partition, hence, it may be having
    trouble formating the drive.
     
    Michael Solomon, Apr 17, 2007
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  8. CP

    Chad Harris Guest

    Rock and Michael have given you the way to format with Rock's caveats, but
    although I have been critical of some components of Vista, I think given
    your investment in the new PC with the preloaded Vista you should give it a
    little more time and a chance.

    I will say this. On many levels Vista is a tip of the ice berg experience,
    in that there is much more to it that meets the eye that is worthwhile, CP,
    and not at all superficial. This company and all their talent ( a few
    thousand people worked on Vista not to mention the TBTs and other groups),
    didn't spend all these years IMHO to come up with so little. I'd give it
    some time and if you have any problems, post them and someone will help.

    Good luck,

    CH
     
    Chad Harris, Apr 17, 2007
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    mikeyhsd Guest

    you may have to delete and recreate the partition.







    Actually that's exactly what I've tried, booting from CD drive with a XP
    installer CD in it.. sorry i didn't clarify that..

    Any thought why I get the error message constantly?

    Best,
    CP
     
    mikeyhsd, Apr 17, 2007
    #9
  10. CP

    CP Guest

    Thanks guys!
    I found out the solution. It was the factory default setting for raid in
    the system setup. It was previously 'ON'. I was be able to install the XP
    after switching the option.

    You're right, Chad. I only said that because I was so freaked out. I know
    Vista is indeed awesome OS and I'll definitely take more time to get to know
    better of it.

    I appreciate all your supports guys.. Many thanks!

    CP
     
    CP, Apr 17, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    You're welcome, have fun.
     
    Rock, Apr 18, 2007
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