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Moving to XP 64 bit

Have a customer with a Windows 7 Dell T3500 64 bit computer that wants to move to XP 64 bit.
He bought an XP 64 bit CD.
I have tried installing this many times... as Windows setup is coming up it blue screens with 0x0000007B error.
I've swapped out the memory, HD and video card... same thing.
It boots fine in W7.
Any thoughts?
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classnet
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Vinchenzo-the-SecondCommented:
XP is an old OS.  Advise the customer to stay with Windows 7.
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michael626Commented:
i got the same problems after doing some windows update. I think the drivers update cause that issue. Also check memory timings and speed if he got 2 differents brands etc..
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msluneckaCommented:
I assume the computer has a SATA hard drive?

How are you loading the drivers for the SATA controller into windows setup?  Using a floppy disk and the F6 option at setup, or do you have the SATA drivers slipstreamed onto the XP disk?

If it's a slipstream my guess is that your disk probably contains some mismatching drivers for 64 bit windows.

Try putting a USB floppy onto the system and use a vanilla hologrammed XP 64bit CD with the exact drivers you need on a floppy disk.  

If that's not an option, slipstream only the 64bit drivers you need onto an XP64 Cd.  I've had terrible luck slipstreaming mass storage driver packs onto 64 bit installations.  You really have to cherry pick just the XP 64 bit versions of the drivers.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
0x7b is related to the storage drivers.  You will have to give XP the drivers for the storage controller:

If using the onboard/motherboard controller:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R222842&SystemID=PREC_T3500&servicetag=&os=WXPX&osl=en&deviceid=16825&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=2&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=41&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&source=-1&fileid=318147

If using the SAS 6/iR:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&releaseid=R193680&SystemID=PREC_T3500&servicetag=&os=WXPX&osl=en&deviceid=13119&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=1&catid=-1&impid=-1&formatcnt=0&libid=46&typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&source=-1&fileid=267108

You will need to load these from a floppy disk at the F6 prompt during Windows Setup (immediately after booting to the CD).  Since you probably don't have a floppy drive in this, you can use http://nLiteOS.com to integrate/slipstream the driver into your installation media (this will actually create a new CD).  When using nLite, choose Multiple Driver Files, select all that are presented, then TextMode.
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arnoldCommented:
Is the windows XP 64 bit the user has came from dell?
Any particular reason the person wants to downgrade to XP?
windows 7 has the compatibility mode where application can be configured to run as though they are on windows XP.
Depending on the version, the user can use the XPmode (XP virtual environment)
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
I agree ... recommending he move to Windows 7 would be best, but at least warn him that support for XPx64 is terrible (drivers*/software).

*While Dell has all the drivers for system device, I mean for any additional devices (external, expansion), driver support is horrible.
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?os=WXPX&catid=-1&dateid=-1&impid=-1&osl=EN&typeid=-1&formatid=-1&servicetag=&SystemID=PREC_T3500&hidos=WV64&hidlang=en&TabIndex=&scanSupported=True&scanConsent=False
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classnetAuthor Commented:
Found the issue... had to go into the BIOS and set the SATA drivers to Auto / ATA.

Thanks
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msluneckaCommented:
That will work, but in ATA mode your SATA hard drive won't be nearly as fast.  Basically it dumbs down to IDE speed.

Probably not a huge deal, but if disk performance is important I would recommend getting the correct SATA drivers and install those.

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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Just to warn you ... that is a poor workaround.  When you set it to Auto/ATA, it treats your SATA disk as an IDE/ATA disk, basically throwing away everything that makes SATA better (cache, NCQ, etc.) than the old IDE drives.

The best way is to do this correctly and get the driver loaded for the controller.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Especially on a high-performance machine like the T3500.
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classnetAuthor Commented:
PowerEdgeTech:  I had tried the F6 option to no avail.  I partly think that it is a poor workaround to even down grade to XP 64bit...
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
lol ... agreed to your second part.

If you do the "floppy" method, it can be a bit flaky because floppies are flaky.  I would suggest the nlite option.  I was a bit hesitant to use it the first time, but it is extremely easy, reliable, and effective.

If you want to stick with the compatibility mode, it will require more work once XP is installed.  There are a few tutorials on how to switch to AHCI after installing:
http://forum.notebookreview.com/acer/186471-enabling-sata-mode-ahci-after-xp-install-applicable-most-laptops-systems.html

But, maybe if you leave it in compatibility mode, your client will hate it and want to go to 7 :)
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Sorry ... this is the one I meant to post:
http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=444831
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classnetAuthor Commented:
My game plan is to F6 the drivers and then, after the install, try and switch back... we'll see.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
If you install in Compatibility Mode, then switch the BIOS to AHCI (without pre-loading the drivers as outlined in the tutorial), then Windows will Blue Screen when it tries to start (for the same reason it Blue Screens when attempting to install - no driver for AHCI).
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classnetAuthor Commented:
I'm hoping that F6ing the drivers addresses that.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Yes, it should ... if you have SATA set to AHCI mode in the BIOS.
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classnetAuthor Commented:
Found via Google
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