Windows Vista Home Premium and XP Home Edition

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Matthew Armshaw, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. I have been trying to dual boot a Gateway Laptop with Vista Home Premium 32
    bit and XP Home edition. One tutorial instructed me to partition the drive
    from Vista desktop(which I did), boot the cpu with the XP disk in the CD/DVD
    drive which I also did.

    XP started moving the pre-installation files to the CPU, and when the nice
    blue screen came up asking to Install Windows XP I pressed ENTER. However,
    instead of getting the screen that would stay Install Windows XP on a
    particular partition I received the message:

    Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

    Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to
    your
    computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct.
    This may
    involve running a manufactured-supplied diagnostic or setup program

    Setup cannot continue.

    The rest of the tutorial went on to fix the bootloader and create a screen
    to choose between the operating systems on boot. It all seemed very logical.

    I thought maybe the issue was with the CPU not wanting to dual-boot or that
    the Vista version was a Home product rather than Office or Professional? Any
    suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Matt
     
    Matthew Armshaw, Feb 12, 2009
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Mick Murphy, Feb 12, 2009
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    Jane C Guest


    Hello Matt,

    The problem that you have is that most recent laptops use SATA hard drives
    on a SATA controller. XP has no inbuilt support for SATA controllers, so
    you will need the controller drivers on a floppy disc (F6 to load drivers)
    during the XP install. You will need an external floppy drive (a USB floppy
    drive should work). Unfortunately, XP can only load drivers from a floppy
    disc.
     
    Jane C, Feb 12, 2009
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