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How install xp in my Sony yb35an

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March 26, 2012 8:18:41 AM

I recently buy a notebook SONY VAIO YB35AN. It comes with win 7 starter, I want to install win xp. But when I try to install it, a error occurred that no storage device found. it seems that win xp can not found my hard disk driver. So please help how can I install it !

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March 26, 2012 8:20:33 AM

Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

You need to go into BIOS or Setup as soon as you switch the laptop on and look for a AHCI setting which you then have to change to IDE.

Before going further, though, I suggest you make sure XP drivers are still available for a Sony made for W7 Starter. I think you're looking at quite a problem there.

March 26, 2012 8:57:19 AM

there is no AHCI setting into my BIOS
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March 26, 2012 10:27:20 AM

That's a nuisance. Anything that refers to drive configuration at all?

You could be looking at making a - wait for it - floppy disk - yes I know we're in the 21st Century but I'm making one now with the other hand for a Compaq nc6320 - to put the SATA drivers on during installation.

March 26, 2012 1:03:31 PM

What media are you using to install XP? If you have access to an XP SP3 disc, it may work (mine managed to read AHCI drives). Or you could build one from a basic XP disc by "slipstreaming" a copy.

Assuming, of course, that the problem is the AHCI mode drive, and not something else.

A question to the community: Would the user be better off using the downgrade option, or is that limited to full retail versions?