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Problem booting XP setup after installing Vista.

5,058 Expert 4TB

I'm currently using Vista Ultimate on my Acer laptop just to test it, and now the 30 day activation period is almost up and I'm trying to switch back to XP.
Not that I dont like Vista. I seem to belong to a minority group that acctually does like it, I just can't afford it atm :(

Anyways... the problem is, when I boot using the XP setup DVD I get the 'Inspecting computer hardware..' message and then the screen goes blank, the hard drive is working like mad but nothing happens. The DVD even stops spinning after a while.
I waited for half an hour like this untill I just gave up and rebooted.
So far I've tried 3 different XP install DVD's/CD's and this always happens.

I should mention that the disk was split into several paritions I used for Fedora Linux, but I used the Vista disk manger to delete them and merge them into a single NTFS partition, which Vista doesn't seem to have a problem with.

Also, to get wrid of the GRUB bootloader after I removed Linux I ran the Vista recovery console of the Install DVD and fixed the MBR, that is I ran these two commands:
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  1. bootrec.exe /FixMbr
  2. bootrec.exe /FixBoot
Anybody have any ideas?
Aug 12 '07 #1
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1,351 Expert 1GB
is your harddrive SATA?
Aug 12 '07 #2
5,058 Expert 4TB
is your harddrive SATA?
Yea its a SATA drive.

I did manage to fix the problem! Although I still don't understand what was causing it.

I started the Vista setup and procceded to the part where I could mess with the partitions. Then I removed the old Vista partition and rebooted. Now the XP setup started normally and I was able to install it without any problems (worth mentioning).

I can only assume it has something to do with how the Vista boot thing works, as the XP setup started up fine when the Vista partition was removed.
Aug 12 '07 #3
1,351 Expert 1GB
ya, there's alot of information about this on the web...people trying to double boot, downgrade like u. i read that one of the issues is vista's drivers for SATA harddrives, but there are more.

anways, i'm glad everything worked out fine for u.
Aug 13 '07 #4
I am having the same exact problem - only it's not fixed.

I used GParted to repartition the 160GB SATA drive to a single partition.

Now I can't load XP - get's almost through the registration and cuts out everytime, won't reboot.

So then I tried just re-installing Vista Business, and I get this: "boot manager is missing or corrupt - error code 0x15"

Any ideas? I'm thinking bad hard drive.
Jan 25 '08 #5
5,058 Expert 4TB
Hi Walden. Welcome to TSDN!

Did you manage to install Vista on the 160GB partition, but then had problems booting after the install?

If so, try going into the Vista Recovery console and use the two commands I posted in the first post.

You should try removing all partitions before installing whatever version of Windows you want to install and have the Windows Setup create the partition.
If you do that and it still isn't booting, your drive is most likely not working properly.
Jan 25 '08 #6

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