Originally Posted by stevenewhen
i have vista and trying to downgrade. i bought the xp retail and when im trying to format my parition it shows no partitions.
It shows no partition.
A harddrive can be a single or multiple partition.
With that in mind. you have to enter the BIOS (setup) by using the appropriate key (F1, F2, DEL, F11, F12 etc,etc,etc,) when you first turn on your computer and find the boot order and change it to boot first to CD -Rom (DVD combo) which ever you use. You must save that and exit.
Then Boot to the CD and follow the prompts.
one of the prompts that you may need to pay attention to is when asked about third party or SCSI drivers to push F6...
If your computer uses a SATA harddrive then you will need to install the third party driver for the SATA disc controller at that time.
To do this you will need to have the driver on a floppy diskette if you have a floppy drive installed or on a CD if you don't use a floppy.
you can download the sata driver from the computer manufacturer's website under SUPPORT/DOWNLOADS for your model.......while you are at it download all the drivers for your hardware under the XP operating system as you will need them after the installation.
Once the third party sata controller (or RAID if your computer uses an array) is installed then set-up should be able to recognize the harddrive or partition.
this is a detailed "How To" and tells how to do the drivers and then install. How to Install Windows on a Serial ATA SATA Hard Drive - SATA Walkthrough SATA Hard Drive - Installation, Drivers, Setup and Troubleshooting Guide - No Floppy Disk