01-10-2013 03:44 PM
Hi guys, i've tried installing windows xp (64bit ) on a windows 8 z580 laptop and run into problems. I created and system backup (for some reason there wasnt an option to create recovery disks as it says in the manual)
Then I altered the bios to the legacy options so i could see the drive etc. Then booted from the xp disk and started the install. my intention was to delete the 'c' partition ith the win 8 install on it (hate the thing!) and use it for xp pro 64bit
However it wouldnt let me install even when i tried deleting the partition and creating another. All I got was a criptic message regarding mbr and a64 bit or something.(sorry should have written the details down!) another thing that puzzled me was the 900gb partition seemd to be dulicated somehow. I am pretty used to doing this sort of thing but this is a new one on me.
I also tried another proprietary program thinking if I create a active partiton I'm ready to go but it wouldnt let me do that either.
I made sure I didnt touch any of the recovery partitions so i can still boot into windows 8 but as I mentioned I cant get on with it at all. So I'm here looking for advice and sugestions please. Any guidance would be most greatfully recieved.
01-15-2013 03:05 PM
Welcome to the Lenovo Community,.
Most lenovo systems that has Windows 8 pre-installed has the GUID Partition Tablet (GPT). Upon checking your HDD, it comes with a single 2.5 SATA HDD. In order for you to install Windows XP, you will need to convert it to MBR. To do this, you will need to completely wipe the partition.
You can try to:
1. Use GParted to convert the GPT disk to MBR. (burn a bootable ISO image to a cd or USB)
Please backup necessary files before converting the disc from GPT to MBR
3. After converting the HDD from GPT to MBR, boot into the BIOS and go to:
a. Configuration Tab and set the settigns for SATA Controller Mode to Compatible
b. Under Boot Tab, make sure UEFI is disabled.
Now boot your Windows XP CD and try to install it.
Let me know if you get any errors.
02-01-2013 07:22 AM