Vista to XP

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Fujitsu laptop is running with factory loaded VISTA home,

in order to run XP on that, we boot with XP CD, it runs for setup

but a “”BLUE Screen”” with lots of English appears just before where the main XP setup screen should appear.

how to get rid of this BLUE Death

any idea expert$
Question by:sportsboy
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    A Vista laptop comes with a SATA hard drive and XP does not have SATA drivers natively and so will not load. Options:

    (a) See if Fujitsu has XP recovery CD's for that laptop. This is the best approach because such CD's will have proper drivers.
    (b) Look in the laptop BIOS and see if you can set AHCI to Compatability Mode. The option may or may not exist.
    (c) Obtain the SATA drivers for that machine for XP and try to load it that way.

    Better option:  Upgrade it to Windows 7. Windows 7 works very well.

    .... Thinkpads_User
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    Before you start installing XP, make sure you have recovery media for the original Vista. You may need that if ever you want to sell the PC you can get it back to factory defaults. As most PC's don't come with recovery media, there is usually a tool installed that allows you to create such a set of recovery media. Check the manual or the manufacturer home page for details on how to create such media (provided you didn't do that when you got the laptop).

    After that go into the PC's BIOS and make sure the HD controller is set to compatibility or IDE mode, or a similar setting. After that your XP installation should work fine.

    If you don't have any such option available in your BIOS you will have to put the Disk Controller's driver on a Floppy and during the installation Press F6 when you get the option to use 3rd party drivers. If there is no floppy drive in the laptop, get an external USB drive.

    A further option is to slipstream the driver into your CD using nliteos:
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    My guess is it needs a SATA driver added to either the Windows XP install CD, or installed by pressing F6.  You should be able to download it from the Fujitsu site with any luck.

    Alternativly on some machines if you enter the bios and change the SATA controller from ACHI to Legacy it will work fine.  Legacy isnt as good as ACHI but its not a massive difference and you would probably never notice.
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    Depending on your hardware it may be that you need to install a third party Raid or SCSI driver during XP install. To do this press F6 at the prompt during the first part of the install. Check the manufacturer website for XP compatible drivers.
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    by:Raneesh Chitootharayil
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    What model Fujitsu do you have?  We can help you get started with the correct driver and process.
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    Give Fix WU a shot
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    oops wrong post ^ ignore :)

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