Format Tags: CPUs Sata Format Windows Vista Hard Drives Windows XP Last response: March 30, 2010 11:31 AM in CPUs Share Anonymous CPUs Authority March 30, 2010 8:01:26 AM How can I install windows xp sata hdd vista pre-installed More about : format | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove RickyT23 CPUs Expert March 30, 2010 8:22:45 AM Assuming you have backed uip all of your files you do this: 1 - reset your computer and as soon as it powers off repeatedly press del, f2, f8 (one of those buttons will send you to SETUP, impossible to know which one although i think its usually del) 2 - go to the BOOT menu, and change the settings so that the primary BOOT device is the DVD drive 3 - insert your windows XP disc 4 - reset your computer and follow the onscreen instructions! | Report abuse RickyT23 CPUs Expert March 30, 2010 8:24:09 AM when I say "reset your computer" I mean press f10 or whatever it is to "save changes and exit" | Report abuse ronaldwishart March 30, 2010 11:31:55 AM lets not forget that while all the steps are right, he might need drivers for the Sata controller, and have them on a stiffy disk. if the XP setup comes up with a error saying it cant find any hardrives. You gonna need the driver. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>CPUs>Format> Related ressources: ForumHow to format a corrupted 2GB memory card ForumHow can i format a write protected hp v155w 8gb usb flash drive ForumUsb format error ForumWhat do i need to format my laptop using windows vista 32bits homebasic cd ForumHow to repair n format your external hard drive ForumRequests to format hard drive ForumCan't format hard disk drive to ntfs ForumUnable to partitionate after low-level format ForumCannot find or format my external hard drive ForumExternal Enclosure + Adv Format - power draw & allocation unit size? ForumHow to recover photos from my SD memory card after accidentally format ForumFormat windows7 ForumAdvanced Format on Windows XP ForumRecover old Data after Format ?? ForumSoftware to undo an accidental quick format . HELP! ForumHow to format write protected memory card in cmd ForumFormat write protected USB drive ForumLocked HDD RAW Can't Format ??? Any Ideas?? ForumHow to format a write protected Micro SD card? ForumHow to format a sandisk flash drive which is corrupted More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !