Re: Windows Vista Home Premium and XP Home Edition
"Matthew Armshaw" <MatthewArmshaw@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
>I have been trying to dual boot a Gateway Laptop with Vista Home Premium 32
> bit and XP Home edition. One tutorial instructed me to partition the drive
> from Vista desktop(which I did), boot the cpu with the XP disk in the
> drive which I also did.
> XP started moving the pre-installation files to the CPU, and when the nice
> blue screen came up asking to Install Windows XP I pressed ENTER. However,
> instead of getting the screen that would stay Install Windows XP on a
> particular partition I received the message:
> Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
> Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to
> computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct.
> This may
> involve running a manufactured-supplied diagnostic or setup program
> Setup cannot continue.
> The rest of the tutorial went on to fix the bootloader and create a screen
> to choose between the operating systems on boot. It all seemed very
> I thought maybe the issue was with the CPU not wanting to dual-boot or
> the Vista version was a Home product rather than Office or Professional?
The problem that you have is that most recent laptops use SATA hard drives
on a SATA controller. XP has no inbuilt support for SATA controllers, so
you will need the controller drivers on a floppy disc (F6 to load drivers)
during the XP install. You will need an external floppy drive (a USB floppy
drive should work). Unfortunately, XP can only load drivers from a floppy
Jane, not plain
64 bit enabled :-)
Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
MVP - Windows Desktop Experience