Installing Windows XP on HP G62 intel i3

We have 3 laptops that came supplied with Windows 7 home edition. Unfortunately they cannot join the domain as they are only home edition versions. Is there a way to install XP on these? I have tried but I always get a BSOD, most likely due to the fact that you cannot turn off native Sata on these bad boys in the bios. Hp support have also confirmed this. Is there an alternate way around it. As of right now we do not have licenses yet for Windows 7 so that is out of the question.

MSSC_supportAsked:
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SlouzerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try get the text mode SATA drivers and intergrate them into a new XP boot up CD using NLITE.
If you have not used either of these and you are going to be stuck with XP for a while then you won't regret looking these up. NLITE is freeware and U can use it intergrate other drivers and Service packs into you XP CD. Just dont mix 64bit drivers with the 32bit XP Install disk.
Good Luck
 
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Kruger_monkeyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Can you not download the native SATA drivers and do an F6 install?

Is the sata not recognised by XP?  Shouldn't normally be a problem, unless the sata drives are set as Raid or sometimes AHCI can do it.

If you can't get drivers, what bios options do you have for the sata?  Also what is the BSOD message?

Generally you can try changing the SATA drives to standard sata/ide and not raid/AHCI, windows will normally install under those circumstances.
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MSSC_supportAuthor Commented:
Don't I need a floppy disk drive for an f6 install?
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E-Z-PCCommented:
I found that disabling or stopping 'AUTO' on AHCI in the BIOS enabled me to get passed the BSOD.
May be worth a try.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
Well, you could always install VMWARE eSXI and run XP as the default.  it would certainly work, and you wouldn't see any performance penalty, unless all you did is run benchmarks.  I know it is not ideal, but you could consider it a plan B.  ESXi 4.0 is now free for a configuration such as this.  
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willcompCommented:
The newer consumer PCs that I've seen lately do not have any BIOS settings for selecting SATA mode (use IDE mode or disable RAID/AHCI for OS install) since it is not needed for Vista and Win7 and OEMs keep BIOSes as simple as possible.

Your two options are to use F6 drivers and a USB floppy drive or slipstream drivers onto the XP install CD (see Slouzer's comment).
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MSSC_supportAuthor Commented:
I'm going to try to slipstream it but I cannot find the drivers anywhere!
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willcompCommented:
Some additional thoughts: When you get XP installed, drivers will be a major problem. It may be best to bite the bullet and upgrade to Win 7 Professional.
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MSSC_supportAuthor Commented:
Well the drivers are available on the HP website for windows XP but the SATA drivers are not! So I can install all the other drivers but the one i want!
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willcompCommented:
Use SIW to identify chipset. http://www.gtopala.com/

Driver will depend on chipset used.
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kevinduosConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try these:

SATA driver for XP: ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp47501-48000/sp47923.exe
Software and guide for slipstreaming into bootable installation CD: http://www.msfn.org/board/integration-intels-sata-ahci-raid-drivers-t107504.html

Hope this helps.
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kevinduosCommented:
For the drivers:

Extract the contents of the executable using something like 7zip (that's what I use). You should then be able to include those drivers in your installation CD. I have used this method several times with much success.
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MSSC_supportAuthor Commented:
I tried to extract it using winrar but the contents was another setup.exe which could not be extracted.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
From a support standpoint, you will probably void your warranty by putting XP on those machines.  Check into the Windows Anytime Upgrade from Microsoft to see if your machines are upgradeable.  $200 list for the Win7 Pro upgrade if you are eligible.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
You won't void HP's warranty by running an unsupported O/S .. the warranty will still be good, they just won't be able to help you with software-related issues.  

If you won't do virtualization (which is the only way it will work, but you may still have driver issues with some of the things on your laptop), then you are just going to have to purchase the upgraded Win7 license, because one reason the laptops were such a bargain is because they didn't come with the more expensive premium versions of win7.  

Bottom line, you are just trying to get around paying M$FT licensing fees by using an older O/S that HP did not write drivers for. Just pay them their money, get a version of Win7 that has the add-on software you want, and move on.  

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kevinduosCommented:
Which "flavor" of the G62 is it? There are currently 46 different versions of the G62 listed in the support/downloads section of the HP site. We use HP laptops here as well so I have had to integrate SATA drivers into an XP install before (just last week as a matter of fact) on the TC4400 and the 2710p.

Obviously the models I have worked with so far are not the same as the G62 but they were still designed for use with Vista and I was able to downgrade them to XP with no problems.

As far as the warranty goes, you may want to clarify this with HP but if you ran the risk of voiding your warranty by putting XP on it why would they make those downloads available to the general public? It is not an issue of voiding the warranty but of what HP will or will not support. So far every brand of G62 I have checked also includes XP specific drivers available for download with updates as recent as last month.
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marsiliesCommented:
Easiest way to integrate drivers into an XP install disc is to use Driverpacks:
http://driverpacks.net/downloads

The "Mass Storage" driverpack includes the text drivers for the XP installer.
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MSSC_supportAuthor Commented:
I never got it working in the end and left it running on Window 7 for user to log onto the domain using Citrix.
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