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Loading XP home over XP Pro

By wannabee333
Mar 20, 2006
  1. Hi,
    I have just had a computer gifted to me that had a copy of XP pro.
    It had all sorts of problems so I have bought a registered copy of XP home and am trying to new install this.

    Firstly when i try write over pro it tells me a newer version is running etc.. .

    I then tried to boot from the cd and it gets to set-up and displays the message that it cannot continue set-up because of a memory shadow cache needs disabling.I am running Award bios how do i do this?

    Also when I try to boot from a boot disk it wont let me format c: as it doesnt see it as a valid drive.

    Any help gratefully recieved

  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Welcome to Techspot.

    There are a lot of Different Award Bios versions , in mine Video ,System Cache etc. settings are on the Advanced Chipset page. Just' disable ' the one yur looking for.
    As for your Degrade. Windows does not like to digress the O/S and XP pro is quite an upgrade especially in the networking areas.
    Anyway use a Win 98 bootdisk and delete the Partitions or at least format the existing partitions .
    Then as long as the Bios can see the HDD you have , You should be able to install Home from the CD normally.
  3. wannabee333

    wannabee333 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Many thanks I tried to format with the 6 XP boot discs but it didnt like it kept coming up as corrupt/missing hard drive.Will give that a go.

  4. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Posts: 441

    liquid is right. it always works. try this step by step here:
    get a 98 floppy boot disk from www.bootdisk.com
    start your pc with boot disk in the machine
    after win98 comes up, enter fdisk
    display partition(s) (if any)
    delete partition(s)
    create new partition
    format the hard disk type format c:
    turn pc off
    take win98 boot disk out
    put xp cd in the cd rom drive
    turn pc on
    get into bios
    go to boot sequence and choose "boot from cd first"
    save bios, exit.
    let xp install.
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