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Installing XP over Vista

Postby tbobker » Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:35 pm

I attempted to install Xp on a separate partition last night to test it out if it would work (i bought it with vista) something went wrong and it over wrote vista and installed XP now i have no drivers????

I have a Amilo 1718 laptop computer and essentially need the driver to the wifi so perhaps XP can search for missing drivers and install them???

Any idea as to what to do......i went to the support site and it lists loads of drivers, do i really need all them?

Any help appreciated.

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Postby Borkar » Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:35 am

There is no version of XP the officially supported OS for your notebook. You may encounter some problems with finding the right drivers for XP. I dont know whether it is solvable since some drivers you need may simply not exist.

General annotation:
If you want to set up a dual Windows system on your computer, you must always install the older Windows first! In your case, install Windows XP and then Vista. Else, XP overwrites your boot entries and Vista cannot start any more.

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Postby thezoltan » Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:23 pm

Win XP drivers for Amilo Li 1718 are existing. I have it, if you want to, I can send it to you somehow.
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Postby hikaru » Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:21 am

Remark to Borkar's post:
XP will indeed overwrite the the MBR containing the Vista entry. So Vista will not start anymore.

But even if you install XP after Vista, you can restore the Vista-entry by either running the Startup Repair-option from the Vista-DVD or using a third-party-tool.

I successfully tested EasyBCD. Just install and start it in the new XP (.NET 2.0 required), chose Add/Remove Entries -> Add Entry -> Version -> ... XP ... -> give the entry a name -> Add Entry.
Then go to Manage Bootloader and klick Write (make sure, that "Reinstall the Vista Bootloader" is selected).
From the next reboot on you will have a bootmanager where you can select Vista or XP.

Note1: Do not change the drive letter (should be C:), even though XP is most likely located on D: or E: as the boot-partition matters, not the XP-install-drive.
Note2: after the XP-installation you will no longer be able to access the Vista-recovery-partition. Back it up before you install XP if you need it. Depending on the position of the recovery partition on the drive it may be a good idea to install XP in the (now useless and space-messing) former recovery partition, as you will lose no extra drive space.
Note3: The current version 1.7.x doesn't work with XP. The linked version 1.52 does. I have no idea if 1.6x works. (size=1.61MB)
@aspettl: If possible, please replace this link with the standard-download-pattern or tell me how to re-link it without re-uploading the file.
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