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Old 09-08-2009, 12:42 PM   #1
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I am trying to install Windows XP Pro.
I am currently running Windows Vista Ultimate SP2
But i also have a Windows 7 RC Partition.
I want to install XP over the windows 7, and at some point perhaps over the vista too (i just have too much stuff on there i dont want to loose at the minute)

So anyway, i already know i cant install XP through windows vista as you cant "downgrade".

But i put the disk in and restart my computer, i have set it to boot from CD but it doesn't even give me the option to press any key to boot from CD, its just goes straight ahead and carries on with booting Vista / Windows 7.

But when i put my Ubuntu Disk In It Boots From CD, so im doing that bit correct.

Can anyone help??

My Computer Spec Is:

Motherboard: Gigabyte M61SME-s2, which can be seen here:
https://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/...ProductID=2507

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ 2.30 Ghz
RAM: 2GB Kingston DDR2
Graphics Card: nVidia Geforce 8400 GS

If there is anything else you need to know, please ask.

Thanks to all that help :)
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Is the install CD you are using an original or a copy?
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Copy, but i have a valid cd key and everything, just the original cd got all scratched and no longer worked, so i downloaded and burnt another copy. But i know this copy works as i have used it on my laptop.
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It is not being read as a bootable CD by your CD drive. You can try re-burning the download at the slowest write speed so that your CD drive can get a better handle at reading it or try a different CD drive.
BTW you can Downgrade Vista to XP, you have to Delete the Partition and Format the drive. You may need to slipstream SATA drivers and other driver nto the XP disc using nLite.
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That's fine, but some older cd drives will not boot from a copy . . or need a very good copy. Any chance you can get your hands on an original or reburn the copy at the slowest speed of the burner?

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Ok so i reburnt the disk at the lowest possible speed, and still no look. I cant get my hands on a copy of the original disk. Any more suggestions? Something about those SATA drivers, can u point me in the right direction of where to get these and how to use them? Thanks
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Booting from the cd has nothing to do with SATA drivers . . You might try a new cd drive
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but why/how is it my disk drive? It works fine with everything else, from playing dvd's, to installig software, to installing Windows 7 and Vista!!
Why would it just choose to not be able to install XP?
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It seems not to recognize the boot sector on the cd . . either the cd or the drive is faulty. I have seen many cd drives work fine, but refuse to boot from a copy of a cd . .
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