i browse this site often looking for advice, and great advice it is. Kudos to everyone for making this an amazing place for people not tech savy like myself.
anyways i am experiencing quite the headache.
the situation is: trying to downgrade from vista to xp on my HP dv6000
1) insert win xp cd (4 diff versions)
2) format C:, copying files to install
3) upon restart which usually boots into windows install, i get
a) invalid boot.ini, booting from c:\windows, NTDETECT failed
sometimes i will get
b) a disk read error has occurred
what i have tried:
1) run win xp recovery to
2) fixboot c:
4) bootcfg /rebuild
5) bootcfg /add
6) chkdsk /p
7) chkdsk /r
8) copy d:\i386\ntdetect.com c:
Still i get the failed message upon boot.
does anyone have any idea?
are the partitions mucking up the boot?
is vista's prior boot map mucking up boot?
how do i fix? please help!