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I have Toshiba Satellite Laptop which had Vista home edition preinstalled on it. I installed the latest Ubuntu on top of it. Now I want to remove both Vista and Ubuntu from it and install Win XP and Fedora on it. The trouble is I can't run the Win XP installer from inside Vista. Fair enough. So I changed the boot option from BIOS and made it boot from the Win XP CD. The system starts booting up but ends at the Caldera DOS Screen :-(. It also says No FAT32 file system found. However it can detect the drives in DOS mode.

It pops up a console window with a: as its root directory. From their onward, I can see various directories and use DOS commands :( but when I run Win XP setup, it says that it can't run in Non graphical mode.

Please help.

This is a licensed version of Win XP.

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@Arjan - In the end it doesn't matter which one came first, I think, the final goal is to have one question with the most/best answers. –  Gnoupi Feb 5 '10 at 10:24
@Gnoupi, of course, I was just trying to prevent both being closed ;-) (And while the single answer at… was posted by a non-SU user, that user cannot be asked to copy their answer... But, now that the other one is closed, all is fine with me.) –  Arjan Feb 5 '10 at 10:31
(@Geek, I guess you can still associate your accounts at If you also want to take ownership of then I guess you can send an email to team@) –  Arjan Feb 5 '10 at 10:33

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You have to format the drive, because the Windows XP boot CD doesn't recognize your Windows Vista partition.

(This once caused me to accidently erase my external drive instead of my internal one)

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What version of Windows XP do you use? If you don't have a Windows XP SP2/3 Install CD you can stop bothering, it won't work most likely (missing drivers etc). Try to get a hold of a new Install CD in that case or remaster your own.

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I can find the drivers later. Also why can I not upgrade to SP2 via the web ? –  Geek Feb 5 '10 at 8:35
So, you don't even have a SP2 Install-CD? Well, in that case missing SATA-Drivers are your problem. The older CDs are all missing drivers for newer PCs and Laptops, they just don't work on them. –  Bobby Feb 5 '10 at 8:57
Ya Bob, that seems to be the problem :-( Any ideas on how Microsoft Licensing works ? Like I said this was an original CD I had purchased just didn't happen to use it for years. I was hoping that I will be able to upgrade to SP2/SP3 via the web. –  Geek Feb 5 '10 at 9:28
No, sorry I have no idea, but you could try their support. But you could use NLite ( to create your own. –  Bobby Feb 5 '10 at 9:45
Once you start te installation & you have a working network connection (if your modem/adsl router DOES NOT require any driver to work) then you can do an update of the XP contents before installation begins. But you will need the SATA harddisk detected to reach that stage, & to get the SATA harddisk detected, you will need to slipstream SATA drivers into the XP Cd or use a floppy drive to install the SATA driver before XP is installed. –  Ganesh R. Feb 5 '10 at 18:44

I think the XP CD cannot detect your disk, probably because they are SATA harddisks.

You will need to use a remastered Windows XP CD which has the SATA drivers slipstreamed or use a floppy disk & install the SATA drivers before you start XP installation (by pressing F6 during XP CD boot load process.)

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Remastered Win XP CD ?? What do add to it ?? –  Geek Feb 5 '10 at 9:39
'Remastered' XP CD means use NLite to slipstream the SATA drivers into the XP Contents, create an ISO image (Nlite simplifies the process) & use it to format the PC. –  Ganesh R. Feb 5 '10 at 17:20

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