How do I revert to WinXP after removing Vista 64

I had to remove Vista 64 because I could not find drivers for my printer.  Now the machine will not allow installation of WinXP.  I get a BSOD.  I was able to use my trusty BartPE disk that booted normally, but I'm not sure what that does to help me at this point.  I reformatted the Vista 64 partition, so it is empty.  When I built the machine, I put the OS on this 50gb partition, so my other data is OK.  I thought that I would have no trouble reinstalling WinXP once that was done.  On using the Vista installation disk, I can go into a dos-like mode, but "Help" doesn't work to give me any commands to use.  It appears my best option is with BartPE, but I could use guidance as to a method of procedure.
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Yancey LandrumConnect With a Mentor Technical Team LeadCommented:
Booting from your XP disk, go into recovery console and issue the following commands:
fixboot
fixmbr
This will rewrite the boot sector and the master boot record. Then restart and try installing XP.
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BGTSLLCCommented:
I recommend that you clone the drive to another one if you have it; tear down the partitions; format and rebuild it that way.
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Yancey LandrumTechnical Team LeadCommented:
Is the target partition space first on the drive (excluding a diag partition if any)? If it is not, that could complicate things. What you may end up having to do is move the data partition to another disk, do a low-level format of the target drive with the drive manufacturer's utility (e.g., maxtor, wd, seagate, etc), install xp, then move the data partition back.
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KechkaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Check your BIOS settings and make sure that there is no Vista only selections. e.g. SATA AHCI mode, if this is selected configures SATA controller to enable some functions available only in Vista.
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
boot from bart Pe cd, select the partition in explorer, or disk management, and select format
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2ward2Author Commented:
I'm sure all of these suggestions have merit, but I located the trouble myself.  Pic.sys was the issue.  I had to slipstream XP SP-2 into a copy of my XP disc, then write a fresh CD with the result.  That solved the problem without using any of the above.  I will keep all of the suggestions in mind the next time.
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