Windows Vista Home Premium and XP Home Edition

Windows Vista Home Premium and XP Home Edition

Post by TWF0dGhldy » Fri, 13 Feb 2009 09:05:00

I have been trying to dual boot a Gateway Laptop with Vista Home Premium 32
bit and XP Home edition. One tutorial instructed me to partition the drive
from Vista desktop(which I did), boot the cpu with the XP disk in the CD/DVD
drive which I also did.

XP started moving the pre-installation files to the CPU, and when the nice
blue screen came up asking to Install Windows XP I pressed ENTER. However,
instead of getting the screen that would stay Install Windows XP on a
particular partition I received the message:

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to
computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct.
This may
involve running a manufactured-supplied diagnostic or setup program

Setup cannot continue.

The rest of the tutorial went on to fix the bootloader and create a screen
to choose between the operating systems on boot. It all seemed very logical.

I thought maybe the issue was with the CPU not wanting to dual-boot or that
the Vista version was a Home product rather than Office or Professional? Any


Windows Vista Home Premium and XP Home Edition

Post by TWljayBNdX » Fri, 13 Feb 2009 17:51:01

The above site seems to be the way to go.
Mad Mike


Windows Vista Home Premium and XP Home Edition

Post by Jane » Fri, 13 Feb 2009 18:20:28

"Matthew Armshaw" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in

Hello Matt,

The problem that you have is that most recent laptops use SATA hard drives
on a SATA controller. XP has no inbuilt support for SATA controllers, so
you will need the controller drivers on a floppy disc (F6 to load drivers)
during the XP install. You will need an external floppy drive (a USB floppy
drive should work). Unfortunately, XP can only load drivers from a floppy

Jane, not plain ;) 64 bit enabled :-)
Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
MVP - Windows Desktop Experience