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
    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

    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
    Jane C, Feb 12, 2009
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