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Just cant get the break. (uninstall vista -install xp)
boot cds.
Michel Samuel

 10:50 am on Jul 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

It is like a bid joke to remove this system of exploitation.
I tried every approach for removing and finally had to re-partition the harddrive.

I did that using Ultimate Boot CD.

I ran the restore disks from my other acer laptop and everything looked good until at the end it says for me...

autochck program not found - skipping AUTOCHECK.

It then reboots... reboots... reboots saying the same stuff.

So I have clean install CD for XP.

But under Ultimate Boot CD is a dos enviroment.
Can not start the install process.

So I take the drive out. I figure that I can do the slave to my other computer and sys it with the required files to start....

Acer harddrive does not use pins but some weird slide method to attch to computer. 5 major stores and dozens of repair places later and I do not think the adapter exists in france. (Everyone says search for it on the net.)

(**I know think I should have immigrated to the United states instead of france. **)



 2:34 pm on Jul 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

If I understand you correctly (not sure) you want to install XP on a computer that previously had Vista.

Have you tried simply placing the XP disk in the computer and rebooting?

The XP installation process will start automatically and offer the opportunity to reformat the hard disk. Assuming that the CD includes necessary drivers, all should be well.


Michel Samuel

 1:15 pm on Jul 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

yes I have done all those things.
the install disk I have will not automatique boot.

That would be too simple for me now.


 1:48 pm on Jul 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Switch your BIOS to boot first from the CD/DVD drive, before the HDD. That will let you boot from the disk.

Michel Samuel

 2:20 pm on Jul 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

In order to re-partition the drive...
I had to use a boot disk in order to do that.

I used UBCD. (Ultimate boot disk)

But I just took my very clean and proper installation disquettes for XP and 2K to 4 different machines.

It does not matter what machine or its model. None will start the setup without a BOOT CD. And UBCD gives a dos inviroment and XP will not install under dos.

As my culture is like to do. "Be different and difficult for no other reason than to be different and difficult."

(I tink this was probably done to stop pirates...It sounds like logique french reasons.)

I can not find a boot CD any place.

Obviously I will have to go to service store now.
It is good ting I purchased the laptop on sale. Because I will have to pay full price to make it work.


 3:06 pm on Jul 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm not completely following you here. Could you confirm the boot order in your BIOS?

Next, is this XP disk an OEM version or a stand-alone version?

All standard Windows installation CDs are boot disks from my experience. They will boot to the installation routine.


 3:12 pm on Jul 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

XP will not install under dos

In fact, it will. There are two setup programs, one will run under Windows and one will run under DOS. I can't remember where each is located (or the exact name) but it should not take too long to find the right program.

HOWEVER, unless DOS includes disk caching such as (such as SmartDrv) the initial file copy process can take several hours. I installed Vista like this a while back - that was a really bad idea!

Incidentally, if the disk won't boot, it is probably a fake created by copying the contents of another disk rather than copying the disk itself. When this is done, the boot code is omitted. It is possible to create a bootable disk from a non-bootable one - if you Google SlipStreaming XP you should find information on this (slipstreaming is the process of installing servicepacks onto bootable CDs).


Michel Samuel

 7:24 pm on Jul 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

My system is set to make the boot to CD first.

I have tried Acier restore disks to return to XP.

I have tried XP stand alone clean install CD.

The clean install CD was purchased from Surcouf store here in france.
(It is like Best Buy in the united states)


But I have spoke to representative of microsoft in france on the telephone. He has made confirmation to me that for small time the XP and 2000 software came with seperate boot cd in france.

He is very polite and sorry but they will be happy to give me a copy of vista but not xp and not boot cd.

Can a window 98 boot cd be used to start the setup?

If not I am now looking at ebay to purchase north american copy.

[edited by: Michel_Samuel at 7:31 pm (utc) on July 15, 2007]


 10:30 pm on Jul 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Can a window 98 boot cd be used to start the setup?

Yes, you just need to identify the DOS setup program on the cd. From memory, it's in a subdirectory rather than the root but I can't remember for sure.


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