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Install Windows 2003 Server on a Windows 7 Home Professional

trying to install Windows 2003 on a gateway computer that has windows 7 home professional.   it's ok if the current OS is completely removed.  problem is that during the installation the blue screen shows up after the install disk has finished loading the basic drivers etc but before it gives me a chance to indicate anything about partitions.  have tried this five times, and have restored the original OS without problems, but can't get the install to complete.

it's almost like this is not possible because of an incompatibility.
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in the options on the install it asks you what disk to use.

there go to advanced. and delete the disks and make new partitions.
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What type of hard drive does the target computer have?  If it's a SATA hard drive you will find that Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 don't natively support them, and the operating system won't load.
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Depending upon your ultimate goals with the OS, if you really want to use Windows Server 2003 it might be easier to maintain Windows 7 on that hardware and load the older server operating system as a virtual machine.
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It is very possible that your HDD configuration in the BIOS (or other settings) have been configured for Windows VISTA or Windows 7.
DarinTCHSenior CyberSecurity Engineer
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I would leave the Win 7 and load the 2003 virtually ( hypervisor level I)
you could use something like
 Sun virtual box  - free
MS Virtual Sevrer - free

and load the Win2K3 OS inside of the virtual environment
thus you would have both availbale
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In BIOS go to disk options and change it from AHCI/SATA to IDE Compatible. Then install Windows 2003. Your problem is that you do not have driver for SATA controller of this machine.
DarinTCHSenior CyberSecurity Engineer
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rmember when u load the OS from a disk it always has one screen where it asks if you need to load drivers.......
well if your using SATA you may need to load a driver at this point
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You could change AHCI/SATA to ATA/IDE/Compatible ... if that is your problem.  Or, you could get the driver for your storage device from the manufacturer (of the actual controller - often the chipset), and load it from a floppy disk at the F6 prompt during Windows Setup.  You could also use nLiteOS.com to integrate the driver into your installation media (F6 would then no longer be required).

It is also possible that the hardware is simply not compatible and in the absence of a correct driver(s), it may never work.

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changing the setting in the BIOS worked.  everything was fine except that there does not appear to be a W2003 driver for the network adapter, so no connectivity.

thanks to all who answered.

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