Replace Vista with XP on Acer aspire

By warnerve
Aug 12, 2009
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  1. hello I have a Acer Aspire 4730z that was preloaded with vista and i would like to put XP on it. I have reformatted my desktop pc a hundred times sucessfully but when i booted from the XP disc on my laptop, it will not allow me to install.(option is greyed out). So i downloaded a hdd wiper, switched the cd-rom to first in boot order, and cleared the hd's. now when i boot from xp disc it loads all the way up to the "starting windows" message and then an error screen.

    Technical infromation

    stop: 0x0000007b

    I realize this means it isnt recognizing my drives. apparently i deleted something i shouldnt have.. please help

    thank you
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,280   +180

    You probably need to install SATA drivers but without a floppy drive you'll have to make a slipstream CD. Google for the procedure as well as for the SATA driver. There are a number of guides that tell you how.
  3. warnerve

    warnerve Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    While searching for drivers i found ta post for my specific problem.

    Just had to go into bios-main-sata mode then switched it from AHCI to IDE.

    Windows booted and xp is installing now. I will still have to load drivers i believe. I will post my progress.

    thanks for the help!
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