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    Wiping Vista & installing XP

    Tried it but wont recognise the cd

    DO I have to destroy the boot partition???

    Any ideas on completely wiping vista & having XP on would be appreciated.

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    Can't you set your machine up as dual boot or do you just want rid of Vista?

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    I have tried a few options on this and have a couple of Dual Boots also.

    The best and easiest way for a clean install was to delete any partitions and install a fresh XP, following prompts. Obviously all data is lost
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    If your having no luck with that, completely wipe the drive and go ahead with a fresh install of XP.

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    You may want to check the partition layout, because during a Vista installation (where the installer partitions the hard drive) the first partition starts at sector 2048!!

    If you then try to install XP on the existing partition layout, it will fail!!!

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