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Why won't WinXP install after removing Vista RC1

By TechPro34yrs. ·
You Guys are my last hope, Microsoft was no help.
Have a one year old 64-Bit Computer. Rec'd my Vista RC1 32, DVD in the mail and loaded it on my 64-bit PC. Everything went perfect until I noticed that I couldn't use the Internet. After hours of research found out that the Motherbd maker has discontinued this Motherbd and there are no Vista drivers for the nForce-250 network controller for the on-board Nic card. So, I uninstalled Vista RC1 and tried to reinstall my Windows XP Pro and now I get an error that states "Error loading Operating System" just after "Boot from CD" and of course WinXP setup will not take off after the PC restarts from pre-setup.
Tried all the obvious tricks- Reformatted HD, fdisk from Win95 Boot floppy, even downloaded hard drive utility program to make sure the HD was clean but PC still also says another OS still resides along with Error Loading OS.
Haven't been this upset in years and fear I've lost my 64-bit machine to RC1.
Please, does anyone, know of a solution to get me back to WinXP since Vista dumped on me? I'll be very greatful.

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by sean In reply to Why won't WinXP install a ...

Use a Linux based partitioning tool, something like SLATE. Remove all the partitions and then start the XP install without any partitions. Have XP recreate the partitions install it there.

That should fix it.

Good luck!!

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Try deleting the rescue partition

by taf In reply to Why won't WinXP install a ...

XP pre-loaded machines had a partitioned drive which included a rescue partition. My guess is Vista is configured the same way. So when you attempt to boot from XP disk the computer is looking for the vista CD to re-install the Vista OS.

The only way out I can see to resolve this, is to erase the hard drive with a sanitizing application and install XP to a raw drive.

As your PC is tits up, what do you have to lose?

A web site that deals with this can be found here http://www.clear-pc.com

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FDisk

by spawnywhippet In reply to Why won't WinXP install a ...

Did you delete all partitions in Fdisk?
Are you running in SATA or compatibility mode?

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