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hey all,

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:
3) fixmbr
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!
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I had a similar problem with my Laptop and I fixed it as following:
I booted my PC from Windows XP Professional SP2 CD, after that the HDD (Hard Disk Drive) was participated in two local disks, when i tried to format PC and when it supposed to get the files from CD I recieved the message from computer: a disk read error has occurred

You can fix your problem only if you delete your disk participations and create new ones which means that you have to loose all of your data from you PC.

P.S. Don't forget after all participations that you are giong to make in you PC (or Laptop) to create one participation with 8MB while Windows XP needs that to take installation files.

Hopefully I helped you.

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You are trying to boot from a Win XP CD that does NOT have SATA drivers included in the CD. You will need to make a custom XP CD that has the correct SATA drivers.


Intel Matrix storage drivers page

http://downloadcente...esu...el® RST)

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