So I’ve been trying to install Windows XP on my HP Pavilion dv6-6c48us laptop, which uses a SATA drive, and so far I have not been successful. I’ve tried slipstreaming uniata drivers http://alter.org.ua/soft/win/uni_ata/ but either I’m not doing this correctly, or it’s just not compatible with my hardware, because it BSODs after the setup loads. I’ve already tried using VMware, but the 3D acceleration is too slow on XP for the things I want to do. Is there a way to make this work? Thanks.

  • You've said in the comments that it's an NVMe drive, but your title says it's SATA. Which one is it?
    – gronostaj
    Dec 6, 2020 at 23:22
  • The laptop I want to install XP on is SATA. The discussion below is about VMware, which I have on my desktop. My original post is about the laptop.
    – HyperBlend
    Dec 6, 2020 at 23:44

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XP is not compatible with this newer hardware. It does not have the correct drivers.

I’ve already tried using VMware, but the 3D acceleration is too slow on XP for the things I want to do.

I have XP here using VMware Workstation and it works very well. VMware. 3D Acceleration is ON and it is not too slow. You can try this setting either way.

What are you trying to run in XP that this setup is too slow for?

Make sure you are using the newest version of VMware Workstation and that VMware Tools have been installed (important for video). The Video Memory on my XP Machine is 256 MB which should handle most things.

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  • Do you mean that even with slipstreamed drivers XP will not install? Yes, I’m using an M.2 NVMe drive, the application is an old 3D bowling game called HyperBowl and it lags a lot, especially when playing in a larger level.
    – HyperBlend
    Dec 6, 2020 at 20:35
  • Yes. XP is an ancient system and there is no way I know to make it work with newer hardware like this. The last machine I saw that would run XP was from 2008.
    – John
    Dec 6, 2020 at 20:37
  • So uniata is pretty much useless for my purposes then?
    – HyperBlend
    Dec 6, 2020 at 20:40
  • Yes, I think so. If the game is old , it should run in an XP virtual machine.
    – John
    Dec 6, 2020 at 20:41
  • It does, but like I said it lags. I’m assuming it may have something to do with my CPU or the fact that the SVGA II driver will only recognize 128 MB of VRAM.
    – HyperBlend
    Dec 6, 2020 at 20:44

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