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Computer help!!! HP laptop with vista. Want to install XP

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Hi guys, This laptop has vista home on it and the serial is on the base unfortionatly i cant find the disc so im having to put win xp pro on it. Problem is it doesnt recognise the HDD as its SATA etc.… Read More
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Hi guys, This laptop has vista home on it and the serial is on the base unfortionatly i cant find the disc so im having to put win xp pro on it. Problem is it doesnt recognise the HDD as its SATA etc. So i got a USB floppy and ive searched for the file to download, but the one i found is 21mb>>>
" This package contains the Intel Matrix Storage Manager for the supported notebook models and operating systems. It is used to install or update the Intel Serial ATA (SATA) Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) Controller Driver. "

would this be the one i need? and if so how the heck do i put it on a floppy? lol

It would be much easier to either leave the laptop how it is or put vista back on. But since the laptop seems to have a problem, i.e takes about 5 mins to start up and keeps locking itsself etc i need a fresh install and i dont have a vista home disc so XP is my only option at the mo.

If anyone can help id be very very very very grateful its giving me a bad head.
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#2
What is going on?

Is your laptop fully functional i.e. does it boot into vista?...I don't want to know how long it is taking to boot up its taking longer cos you don't defrag your HD and you've installed a load of rubbish on it.

You probably didn't get any windows vista home premium CD and you probably never created recovery CDs... BUT your laptop might have a recovery partition that you can boot into on startup and start the recovery process like that, that will return it to the state it was in when it was shipped out from the factory.

What do you mean it keeps locking itself etc?
#3
If you look through the Start Menu there should be an option to Create Restore Disks.

As Xiwt said, you can also try if the on-board recovery system still works, try pressing F10 or F11 after power on (when the HP logo shows).
#4
You will need a second PC to do it with, but you will need to look into slipstreaming the drivers into an XP install disk. Google for "slipstream xp sata". I haven't ever done that myself, but I believe it is the way of getting an XP install complete with the drivers that you need. (I'm assuming you do have an XP install disk to start with).
#5
i think the restore partition has been removed. and just been reading thru 100's of google results to find XP does not run properly on this particular laptop...

so...anyone lend me a vista home disc? :(
#6
stay the f away from xp pro cd for now. I will tell you what to do....

actaully strike that... people post as I type very slowley listen to SUMMONER.
#7
Spod
You will need a second PC to do it with, but you will need to look into slipstreaming the drivers into an XP install disk. Google for "slipstream xp sata". I haven't ever done that myself, but I believe it is the way of getting an XP install complete with the drivers that you need. (I'm assuming you do have an XP install disk to start with).


yeah i do and i have 2 laptops etc...problem is ive read thru and there is known problems like the screen flickering and probs with other hardware. so i think i just need to do a reinstall of vista...:?
#8
Xiwt
stay the f away from xp pro cd for now. I will tell you what to do.


ok....what do i do? lol
#9
what do you mean you removed the recovery partition? You deliberately did that? You are talking nonsense...I think it is hidden from noobs to stop them deleting it...
#10
Xiwt
What is going on?

Is your laptop fully functional i.e. does it boot into vista?...I don't want to know how long it is taking to boot up its taking longer cos you don't defrag your HD and you've installed a load of rubbish on it.

You probably didn't get any windows vista home premium CD and you probably never created recovery CDs... BUT your laptop might have a recovery partition that you can boot into on startup and start the recovery process like that, that will return it to the state it was in when it was shipped out from the factory.

What do you mean it keeps locking itself etc?


The laptop is fully functional, the person who had it before must have been usign it for business as it had passwords and security etc in the bios, which i removed. The laptop takes AGES to boot up into vista, and there are some progs i cannot for the life of me find and uninstall, ie, narrator. also i cant work out how, but the laptop keeps locking its self, taking it to the welcome page and says locked home, and i click on my user pic and it goes back on. i cant work out how to remove that option, looked in user profiles etc etc....

This laptop was bought second hand, by my friend and i said id sort it for her. I have an HP laptop also and my partition is there with the f11 at startup and the option to create the discs. However this laptop does not have either.
#11
ok first...

back up all your important porn and files onto an external HD
#12
Xiwt
what do you mean you removed the recovery partition? You deliberately did that? You are talking nonsense...I think it is hidden from noobs to stop them deleting it...


i didnt delete it myself, im assuming the previous owner did as there is no option for the discs nor f11 at startup.... im not a noob believe it or not. Just never came accross such a pain in the a$$
#13
Xiwt
ok first...

back up all your important porn and files onto an external HD


lol theres nothing on it, im female by the way......my porn is on my own pc lol....

ive pulled the drivers and saved them on my external....no files etc on the laptop to save yet
#14
ok good. now have you run chkdsk /f from the command prompt?
#15
na ill give that a go
#16
the stupid laptop even locking its self before its got to the welcome screen...whats that all about...
#17
What are you going to use the laptop for?
Why not give Ubuntu Linux a try? It is free and easy to install.
Add Open Office and you would have a complete office and interweb environment.

You already said that you don't have a Vista disk and XP won't work properly so Linux might be your best option.
#18
it says access denied as u dont have sufficient privilages. you have to invoke this utility running in elevated mode

hmmm.....?????
#19
Some **** setting in vista I'm guessing (I've switched to Mac...I wont have access to a vista lappy until the end of the month but don't worry someone will enter this discussion if I start talking rubbish plus I used vista to create recovery cds before)
#20
Spod
What are you going to use the laptop for?
Why not give Ubuntu Linux a try? It is free and easy to install.
Add Open Office and you would have a complete office and interweb environment.

You already said that you don't have a Vista disk and XP won't work properly so Linux might be your best option.


if i have no luck here i might...but i dont want to get rid of vista yet ....its not my laptop and if anything goes wrong its on my head lol....she only wants it for word and net mainly...maybe music....
#21
so friggin run elevated mode...let us google friends!
#22
Xiwt
Some **** setting in vista I'm guessing (I've switched to Mac...I wont have access to a vista lappy until the end of the month but don't worry someone will enter this discussion if I start talking rubbish plus I used vista to create recovery cds before)


yeah im assuming there is some settings the previous owner has used for maximum security i just cant locate them...
#23
Xiwt
so friggin run elevated mode...let us google friends!


never heard of elevation mode....googling it now
#24
Spod let us try and sort this vista out first...but I agree with you about unix based os being better....but that is another story!
#26
Well one advantage of Ubuntu is you can use the CD as a "live" boot - ie you can boot straight from CD and try it out before you blat your hard disk with it.
Give it a trial run booting off the CD and you can save any files onto a USB memory stick. Obviously it will run faster off the hard drive, but you could at least try it out without committing to it.
#27
It sounds like a privileges issue in Vista yeah basically set everything you can so that you are the daddy when those retarded boxes pop up.
#28
ok done that....no idea why i needed to do that but hey its checking now
#29


thanks for that...searched all over for that lol

will see if i can sort this vista first..then might try xp....and if that fails too....linux it is hah
#30
Spod
Well one advantage of Ubuntu is you can use the CD as a "live" boot - ie you can boot straight from CD and try it out before you blat your hard disk with it.
Give it a trial run booting off the CD and you can save any files onto a USB memory stick. Obviously it will run faster off the hard drive, but you could at least try it out without committing to it.


yeah same with ubcd4win .... I don't know if they have a Vista one yet though...google time.
#31
tazandsaz
thanks for that...searched all over for that lol

will see if i can sort this vista first..then might try xp....and if that fails too....linux it is hah


friggin allow XP you've already googled it for your machine and it is a disaster no? Also before you even think of changing OS you should have all the drivers ready to go for everything... like you said it is your head!
#32
Elevated mode means running with administrator privilege - the same as you get in Vista by right clicking an icon and selecting "Run as Administrator". If you log in as the Administrator user you will effectively have everything running elevated.

Unfortunately by default the Administrator user is disabled on Vista. Giving a user Admin privilege still doesn't give them all of the rights of the user called Administrator.

Turning the Administrator user off is one of Vista's "safety" features, along with User Access Control (or UAC), which is specially designed to make the simplest of operations as difficult as possible for the uninitiated user!
#33
did you try this to run chkdsk

Right click command prompt and click run as administrator
#34
i know i know.....trying to find out where these settings are at mo

anyone know how or where to disable or uninstall narrator?
#35
Xiwt
did you try this to run chkdsk

Right click command prompt and click run as administrator


yeah ive done it....all is ok
#36
Some information about Ubuntu Live here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD
#37
Spod
Elevated mode means running with administrator privilege - the same as you get in Vista by right clicking an icon and selecting "Run as Administrator". If you log in as the Administrator user you will effectively have everything running elevated.

Unfortunately by default the Administrator user is disabled on Vista. Giving a user Admin privilege still doesn't give them all of the rights of the user called Administrator.

Turning the Administrator user off is one of Vista's "safety" features, along with User Access Control (or UAC), which is specially designed to make the simplest of operations as difficult as possible for the uninitiated user!


but there is only one user on the laptop and it says its the administrator......i want to break it lol
#38
Spod
Some information about Ubuntu Live here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD


thanks will tell my mate her options if i cant work this out
#39
let chkdsk /f /r take its sweet time...if it hangs for eternity or has irrepairable sectors then you know there is no point installing any os on it or recovering it because the hd is finished.
#40
I am very slow.... so the HD is totally 100% fine ya?

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