Downgrading Windows Vista and Installing Windows XP on New Laptops

It is very common that most of the new laptop machine are equipped with Windows Vista – while users (like me) are more comfortable with Windows XP. In this case, they find many problems and bugs in downgrading from windows vista to Windows XP.

Below are the steps for installing windows XP on any laptop (on which you are unable to install Windows XP) and it gives you errors like “Hard Drive Not Found” while it is present.

1.    Know Your  Motherboard Hard Drive Bus Manufacturer  and motherboard model

  • Right click on My Computer (while remaining in Windows Vista) and after selecting Properties and Device Manager, You can easily find the manufacturer name by click on hard drive tab.

Suppose that your hard drive bus manufacturer is “INTEL IATA ICHCM”  and mother board model is Intel 965GM.

2.  Search and Download

  • Search for Intel 965 drivers from Google or visit and select Intel chipset drivers for laptops.
  • From there you will get drivers for your Hard Drive it could be like IATA ICHM or SATA download the driver package file.

3.    Download N-Lite

  • N-lite is program, which is used to create customized copy of windows xp.
  • Simply search for N-Lite through Google and you will get it free
  • By Following N-Lite Steps “Add Drivers to Existing Windows XP Setup Folder”
  • Burn the Windows XP Setup CD or Save it as back on your hard drive by using N-Lite

4.    Install windows XP

  • By following all windows xp installation steps like boot from CD ROM or first boot device CD ROM by inserting the same burn CD.
  • This time it will not give you message of “No Hard Drive Detect”.

Enjoy !!!