Format Dell Computers - Downgrade to XP From Vista


Introduction: Format Dell Computers - Downgrade to XP From Vista

I don't know if this is helpful or if I'm just retarded. I've been trying to format a Dell Dimension E520 for about a month now and I just figured it out. Everytime I tried to format from the XP CD it'd stop a few mins after it started with a blue screen error.

It turns out this has someting to do with the RAID setting in the BIOS (F2 at startup).

- F2 at startup
- Drives
- SATA Operation

in this option it is set at RAID: On
the only other option is RAID: Autodetect / ATA
set it to RAID: Autodetect / ATA and save and exit now restart with the XP CD in the drive and boot from CD.

everything should run smooth and normal now. it worked first shot for me and I haven't had a problem. the Dimension E520 is a decent machine with XP on it. does everything it needs to do for my GF who is an occasional Comp user. it was a paper weight with Vista on it

hope this helps crappy dell users out there.

(This worked for DELL computers (PC's) I have encountered. I have no idea if this will work on any other machine)



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    it seems lawyers are noobs who love writing in caps and screaming.\ Nice job! I'm gonna do it :) Is it possible to do this with linux too? I'd love to learn linux

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    its an old post but i just want to say i installed Lubuntu (lightweight Ubuntu) un a DELL C840 (it came out with XP) and it works like a charm

    Linux isn't that big of a transition anymore......check out Ubuntu or Simply Mepis there two excellent versions of Linux....... Ubuntu is easily downloadable from there site and you can load a live session so you can try it out before you format with it....... or dual boot with it

    LOL, I always wait for the Windows welcome song to start! ROFLOLMAO

    Don't you mean, "UPGRADE to XP from Vista"? Vista is a bunch of crud. It's slow and requires really good hardware to run smoothly.

    Just did this but on the Studio 1555 model Dell laptop, Its under the SATA options : Change AHCI to IDE. Thanks for this, it helped alot

    "Autodetect / ATA " where do you see that cuuz i cant see that on my computer

    hi friends vista to xp downgrade done perfectly thanks.

    Thank you so much for this posting! I have been messing with a Dell that had Vista on it and wanted to upgrade to XP Pro but kept getting the error page and this fix worked like a charm!!

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    "Format Dell Computers - Downgrade to XP from Vista"

    Correction: "Format Dell Computers - Upgrade to XP from Vista"


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    lol, very true upgrade indeed. I put XP on the Dell E520 because I had to to make it worth something. I run XP on my Dual core because I want to. they really screwed up Vista..... and they already have "Windows 7" or "Windows Vienna" in the works. I hope they atleast take the time and effort to design it as a Dual core or higher specific OS. we already have XP for our single cores and it works awesome. if your gonna sell me something new then make sure its awesome and serves a purpose. Vista makes single core comps into $1000.00 paper weights. it could been a great 64 bit dual-core specific OS but Microsoft just had to make there millions 6 month sooner and the squeezed out a poop nugget.

    No, it dosent make paperweights out of good pcs! i have a dell inspiron 1525 I got for 530 euro which has vista home preium on it and it runs like LIGHTNING!!

    the lightning must strike really really slow in Europe.

    nope, very fast lightning here!

    O ye it has an intel celeron 1.86 ghz processor (single core) and 2gb of ram

    What brings you to the conclusion that Vista isn't a Dual core or higher specific OS? maybe I just misunderstood you. Even if I did, its the consumers choice as to what hardware they buy, so if it doesn't run fast, either the consumer didn't do their homework, or they are tight wads. Vista is certainly designed for a dual core processor, although the business versions are the only that can support multiple processors. BTW, all versions except for Vista Starter are available as 64 bit. 64 bit processor and OS aren't really a viable choice for anyone right now anyway. 64 bit drivers are very hard to come by and are not backwards compatible. Secondly you would have to have software that was also designed to run on a 64 bit processor (not likely to come across either). It will still be years before 64 bit processors are useful. I personaly think MS could have waited 6 more years and still had a crap OS.