"Henry Hsu" <Henry Hsu@discussions.microsoft.com
> wrote in message
>I just bought a new HP Vista OS laptop. I found out most of my application
> would not work on this new laptop. My choices are either make dual boot
> and XP or XP only which just find for last five years.
> Butt after try to boot from XP install CD, the internal drive is not
> showing, and I install to one of my USB external drive with no problem
> the installation. But the system won't boot after restart.
> I question are:
> 1. How Can I make the internal drive dual boot?
> 2. How Can I make the internal drive available during the XP installation?
I think you need to step back and research the issues.
1. Many computers with Vista preinstalled may have their hardware or BIOS
optimized for Vista. Perhaps WXP can not run on these computers.
2. Vista needs Vista-compatible drivers for the hardware in the laptop. HP
provides these drivers. WXP needs XP-compatible drivers for the hardware in
the laptop. HP gets no money for creating or testing XP-compatible drivers,
so they probably have none on their web site. If you can find XP-compatible
drivers, there is no guarantee that WXP will run well on the laptop.
3. HP probably won't do any warrantee work on the laptop unless you
reinstall the original system installed on the hard drive.
4. If you are determined to try installing WXP, I would suggest installing
WXP on a new hard drive (or save a verified-good image of the hard drive and
reformat it before installing WXP). You may need to zero out the master
boot record of the hard drive.