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I have a DELL PC that i bought for the fam PC. It has a Nvidia 8600GTs in it. Bottom line, vista is horrible, i thought it was ok for the first month. But the security warnings, administration installing, etc is getting old. Not to mention its compatability issues. Well i restarted my PC put in the xp disc, it does the little thing at the beginning but right before it gets to the screen to where i select my partition, and stuff it gives me an error. That says something like, check for viruses/spyware and make sure your hard disc is comfigured right. I have no viruses :\\ and my harddrives are right because im using it right now lol. If i use some free tool to format the drive then install xp will this solve the problem? also the disc with the drivers on it that came with the pc, will they work with xp? or are they made for vista?
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It's probably Vista or some built in Dell thing that thinks you are a virus trying to screw around with the Vista install. Using a third party drive formatting program would probably be your best rout. Then just clean install XP and you should be all set.

EDIT: Sorry, forgot to address the driver question. I don't think the drivers will work with XP. I'm almost certain you will need new drivers for the XP install.
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Is boot sector protection turned on in the BIOS??
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being that you have a dell, all the drives you need should be on dells website. just go to support.dell.com and put in your service tag and it will know all your computer info. just make sure to select drivers for xp instead of vista when searching
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The Dells, Have even more issues with vista. That is all .
    
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Hope thsi wont happen to me when i switch back to MCE from vista...
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that new dell with vista probably has a HDD controller that windows xp doesn't see without the drivers...

get the drivers from dell... and a floppy drive... then hit F6 when the xp install starts...
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You do know you can turn off the security warnings on Vista?
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You can also run this program Link if you have any other version besides ultimate. In ultimat e you can easily turn off or should I say edit the UAE so it still works but wont give you the popups all the time.

Now that I have gotten settled into vista and found out how to get pretty much everything to work it is really great. Well besides the benchmarks but everything else rocks.
If you need any links on editing the uae I have several and there are some guides here for doing it.
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