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Don't like Windows 7 would like to reinstall XP

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March 7, 2012 5:18:20 AM

Hello,
A friend installed Windows 7 on my OLD laptop. But it conflicts with Sims2, so would like to reinstall XP. Problem I have though. Is that when I boot the computer with the XP disk in I get a message that there is no harddrive detected. How can I get rid of Windows 7, so I can reinstall XP?

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March 7, 2012 6:04:22 AM

XP does not have SATA support built in. Therefore you need drivers for SATA disks. The easiest way is if you have a floppy A drive. But you probably don't because this is a laptop.

There is another way. Hopefully it will be helpful to you: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/resolving-setup-...
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March 7, 2012 7:29:01 AM

XP Service Pack 2 certainly supports SATA as of course does Service Pack 3.

Out of interest have you tried running Sims 2 in XP compatible mode on Win 7?
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March 7, 2012 8:18:58 AM

Wamphryi said:
XP Service Pack 2 certainly supports SATA as of course does Service Pack 3.

Out of interest have you tried running Sims 2 in XP compatible mode on Win 7?


+1, Try the compatibility mode in Win7 first before going back to XP.

Have a look here, there is a very short How-to video.

I've used this before on some games and programs and it works like a charm!
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March 7, 2012 12:47:15 PM

If I were you I would just create a dual boot system with both XP and windows 7. It is not that hard and can be done without uninstalling Win 7. You simply use the Win 7 shrink function to create a new partition on your hard drive and then install XP to the new partition.

Of course if your XP installation disk is an old disk, it will not come with Sata support. This is not a problem. All you need to do is slipstream a new XP disk with SP3 on it. It will take you way less time to make a new installation disk with all the service packs already installed then it will take to install them afterwards. Here is a link on how to do this:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/creating-an-xp-sp3-s...


I have done it several times and it works. Once you have your new XP SP3 installation disk, you can use it instead of the old one. With it you should be able to install XP onto the new partition you created on your hard drive. If you don't know how to use the Shrink function, here is a link to a how to guide:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/resize-a-p...


Here is a guide to dual booting Windows 7 and XP.


http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/8790/dual-boot-your-pre-...


Once you get this done you will not have to worry about compatibility anymore. I have a laptop that triple booted with XP, Vista and & Ubuntu Linux. Once you learn how to do this your computing life will get much easier.
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March 7, 2012 1:01:55 PM

kayliam said:
Hello,
A friend installed Windows 7 on my OLD laptop. But it conflicts with Sims2, so would like to reinstall XP. Problem I have though. Is that when I boot the computer with the XP disk in I get a message that there is no harddrive detected. How can I get rid of Windows 7, so I can reinstall XP?


Kayliam,

If you don't like the look and feel of Windows 7. You can change windows 7 to Windows Classic within the Personalization options.

The compatibility mode as Zander suggested does work great.
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March 7, 2012 2:45:05 PM

No version of XP had SATA drivers.
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March 7, 2012 4:41:28 PM

turk_1000 said:
No version of XP had SATA drivers.


How did it come to pass then that I could install XP Service Pack 2 and 3 on SATA drives including 10000 RPM Raptors without loading additional drivers during installation? The only time I had to install drivers during install was for RAID.
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