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Trying to install Windows XP instead of the factory installed Windows Vista

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We have a Dell dimension 9200 which has 2 300GB SATA hard drives and 2 SATA DVD drives. When trying to install windows XP from the CD it will boot into the setup and run the first part loading files and drivers but when it trys to start the setup it blue screens with the following error code:

STOP 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524 0xC0000034 0x00000000 0x00000000)

SATA HDD were in a raid array so removed this and tried using them seperatly but same error on both drives. Tried using both DVD drives and tried a different CD but all generate the same error. Have run RAM checks and all come up clean. It is a new machine and so shouldnt have any faults. Is there anything im missing?
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You need a driver for the SATA disks - you may be able to get one from the dell site - this needs to be supplied by pressing F6 when prompted at the start to the setup program - you need to provide it on drive A - so you will need a floppy disk aor USB device configured as A.

You also will need XP drivers for all the other hardware - make sure these are available before getting rid of Vista - some OEMs are no longer producing XP drivers.
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by:rutlandict
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Have tried this as well downloaded the SATA drivers from Dell and used a USB floppy drive to load them on the windows setup but it still bluescreens just before the starting the actual setup.
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Sure its the correct driver ?
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Thought i was but obiviously not. Had tried 2 of the 4 listed off the floppy and they hadnt worked. Went back tried a third one and that must have been the right one as it worked. Thank you very much for your help.
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