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I have an HP laptop (HP Pavilion DV 2000) with MS Vista 64 bit. I want to downgrade to Windows XP. I have a valid 32 bit Windows XP bootable CD. When I try to insert it and format the system, it runs fine uptil a stage then suddenly I get the message

Your computer is being shut down to prevent damage to Windows.

And the laptop shuts down.

Any ideas on how to solve this?


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Please edit your original post to include the exact model number of your… – Moab Dec 5 '10 at 19:50
gave up and installed Win7 instead. works perfectly now. Much better than VISTA – Vinayak Feb 3 '11 at 10:17

During the point at which XP setup prompts you to select a partition to install windows to, opt to delete the partition, recreate it, and format it.

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hi. it does not reach that stage. this error occurs while windows setup is loading driver files etc onto the memory – Vinayak Nov 22 '10 at 14:40

You can also download Gparted and burn it to a disk and use it to create a new partition for Vista. It is Linux based and runs fast. After you create your partition, restart the laptop with your WinXP disk and see if this works for you.

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It appears that it was a drivers issue with the hard disk. I tried a number of options but nothing worked. So in the end I gave up and installed Win7. Install was painless and laptop works fine now.

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