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Downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP on Notebook Lenovo SL500


I have never done this before and I would like some kind help on this subject.

A costumer brought me his brand new :

"Lenovo Thinkpad SL500" (Type 2746  6 CS Product ID :27466CS)

(exact descripcion:   http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/product.do?template=/product.do?template=%2Fproductpage%2Flandingpages%2FproductPageLandingPage.vm&sitestyle=lenovo&brandind=10&familyind=422516&machineind=422656&modelind=438213&partnumberind=0&subcategoryind=0&doctypeind=9&doccategoryind=0&operatingsystemind=343518&validate=true )

Packed with a preinstalled Windows Vista Home (Spanish) OS. He wants do downgrade to Windows XP (Spanish). When I insert the Windows XP CD and boot from it, it starts loading setup as expected but then after a while I get a bluescreen. I was told by tech support that AFTER installing the XP OS I would need to install the SCSI drivers for the notebook to work as expected... do you think I was told wrong? I should do this while setup is loading and asking to press F6 to install SATA or RAID dirvers ? Anyone knows about this problem ?

I also know that this notebooks have a hidden HDD where it saves a Recovery image of the preinstalled OS. I dont care about that partition. I was asked to install a clean and fresh copy of XP. The costumer doesnt want any Vista on his notebook.

Anyone who can help? Is there maybe a software that allows me to format all partitions and then lets me do this clean install of WXP (spanish)?


Sven Baehr
Sven Baehr
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You need to find out why you're getting a blue screen during the XP install. Is the disk scratched? Is all the hardware compatible with XP? There is software that will allow you to completely erase the hard drive (darik's boot and nuke, killdisk) but this will not solve the XP installation issue. There are no third party raid/disk controllers that I see need any special drivers, but you can find out exactly what hard disk drive controller it is, download the drivers for it, put them on a flash drive that has been configured to boot as floppy (google for format flash drive as floppy) and install them during the "press F6 to install third party drivers". I still don;t think that is your probelm though, you should be able to clean install XP.
AnonymousBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The hard drive is a SATA hard drive. You should be able to go into the laptop BIOS and set for Compatability mode. ... Thinkpads_User
First thing you should know. Vista Home cannot downgrade to XP. You need at least a Vista Business license.
2nd, try another WinXP installation CD. Yours could be corrupted. Don't think it's any drivers issue yet since you haven't even install your XP. Another thing to take note of, is where Lenova provide XP drivers for this particular laptop.

Finally, don't try to format that recovery partition. It could be useful when you wanna fall back to something that actually works.
Sven BaehrAuthor Commented:
I do appreciate the other experts time and contribution, this however was the right solution. Thank you very much!
AnonymousBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you, and I am glad that worked and was pleased to assist. ... Thinkpads_User
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