hi. i recently formatted a laptop hard drive containing windows vista to hopefully install windows xp. when i put the disc into the cd rom and run it, it evenually tells me this is not possible as the boot manager is missing. how can this problem be solved. any help would be much appreciated.
Try removing all hard drives except the one you want to install to. During the install procedure you are given a chance to create/delete partitions. Delete all partitions and recreate them, then let the install continue. You can attach the rest of the drives after the installation of windows is complete.