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 Post subject: Win XP install error
 Post Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:24 pm 
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It's me again with yet another problem.

I am still working with an older PC. I replaced the hard drive with new (1T.). I partitioned it into two equal partitions. On one I installed Win Vista with absolutely no problems. On the second partition I attempted to install Win XP. It installs until it starts Windows, but then gives a BSOD. The BSOD window shows a STOP error: 0x0000007B. It goes on to suggest using Chkdsk, anti-virus, or installing driver for a hard drive controller. Chkdsk shows no problem and there are no viruses.

I've gone to Dell to find a suitable driver but I can't seem to find any. During install I was told to press F6 to install needed drivers. My problem is what drivers? Where do i find them? and how do i install them. XP talks about floppy discs but of course there aren't any.

Again I need help which will be greatly appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Win XP install error
 Post Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:17 pm 
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When asked to hit F6 to install a driver that is usually due to XP not being able to configure the drive. This is often due to how the drive is set in the BIOS. This MIGHT be solved but I have to ask why you would want to install an obsolete operating system on a machine in any other case than a virtual machine. Both XP and Vista are well past their end of life. Neither operating system gets any updates anymore which makes them a very serious potential security risk.

The probable XP issue is that you installed Vista first. When dual booting you always start with the older OS first. The newer OS will see the older OS when installed and setup the boot menu accordingly. If you start with the newer OS then try to install the older OS the older OS can't recognize the newer OS to setup the boot menu.

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