See if you can install Windows XP Virtual. Much easier.
"Paul" wrote in message
?I do not where else to post this so here goes.
I have a Gateway E-4520D X64Bit machine running Win7 X64 fine. I've added
an additional HDD an Partitioned/formatted and that good stuff. When I
install WinXP 32bit on the new HDD the install starts then my machine
hangs with the Blue Screen of Death with a msg, 'Installation was
cancelled so it does not damage your computer'. I've attempted the install
numerous times and get the same thing each time.
Any help would be appreciated.
Look for a group called microsoft.public.windowsxp.general .
You could try posting there with the install question.
It the installation media is retail WinXP or non-royalty OEM WinXP,
then it should install. If you were trying to install a Dell disc on
your Gateway machine, that might not work. A disc like that should
check the hardware and not install just anywhere.
Your motherboard could be PB94510J with 945 and ICH7 chipset.
Windows 7 supports IDE mode or AHCI mode, out of the box.
The AHCI would be a BIOS setting, for example. There isn't a problem
with getting WinXP x32 to install on that, as long as you have
a floppy diskette with drivers to install by pressing F6.
WinXP doesn't have AHCI support out of the box, and needs
a driver floppy. If you were expecting to boot both OSes,
then you'd want them to share common BIOS settings, for
The revision of your WinXP disc makes a slight difference. I would
not recommend installing WinXP "Gold" CD, as it has no Service Packs
installed. WinXP Service Packs go up to SP3, and at least SP1
Service Pack is recommended with SATA drives. (It may be printed
on the disc label, as to what Service Pack it is.) There would be
fewer issues and surprises that way. You can use NLite from
nliteos.com to "slipstream" a downloaded copy of a WinXP Service
Pack, into the WinXP installer image, then burn a new installer
CD. You could, if you wanted, also integrate the Intel AHCI/RAID F6
drivers at the same time. The new install CD would then be a bit more
These are the files you'd want on a floppy diskette (in this
example, you're interested in the file names as opposed to the
other details). When your WinXP install CD is inserted, for a brief
moment at the bottom of the screen, you may see a prompt to press F6 key.
That is an opportunity to offer these files on a floppy. Press F6
and offer the files to the WinXP installer.
04/18/2008 10:44 AM 11,509 iaAHCI.cat
04/16/2008 12:53 AM 8,794 iaAHCI.inf
04/18/2008 10:23 AM 11,215 iaStor.cat
04/16/2008 12:53 AM 8,114 iaStor.inf
04/16/2008 01:53 AM 312,344 IaStor.sys
07/26/2006 07:09 PM 11,321 license.txt
04/16/2008 12:53 AM 4,573 TXTSETUP.OEM
You can get those files, from a download from the downloadcenter.intel.com
site, for your specific 945/ICH7 chipset. (Your chipset could be
945G for example.)
The executable in there, will format a *blank* floppy and install the files
If you look in the iaAHCI.inf file with a text editor like Notepad, you
should see a line with "27C1" in it, and my docs here show that as
an ICH7 entry.
When you press F6 and offer that set of drivers, that should handle
AHCI access for WinXP, and stop an "inaccessible boot volume" error.
If you're still having problems, try to record the details of the BSOD
and get the stop code. Examples of stop codes, such as 7B, are here.
Also, another note. I would disconnect the Windows 7 hard drive, while
installing WinXP x32 to the other hard drive. The purpose of doing
that, is to be absolutely certain the installer makes no changes
to your other disk.
You'll still have plenty of driver issues to resolve, after you
get that far. The purpose of my instructions above, is to get
past the "inaccessible boot volume" problem.