Installing Windows XP on Computer

Computer Mode: Gateway GT5476E
Current OS: Windows Vista
Processor: AMD x64 Athlon x2
BIOS thing: Phoneix Award WorkstationBIOS CMOS something

So, what I'm trying to do is install windows XP as a secondary operating system.
I'm trying to install it on a partition of my main Hitachi [some number] hard drive.
Issue: Windows XP's install CD cannot detect the partition.
Most people say: Turn of SATA-Native Mode
Issue: My BIOS utility doesn't seem to have a SATA Native Mode setting
Then I tried to find SATA ACHI drivers for AMD Gateway, but the only official one I found was for Intel. The rest of them seem unofficial and weird.
Then I tried downloading the SATA IDE thing from
I burned it to a CD. Then, when I started windows XP's CD. I pushed F6 and then S to use the driver CD.
Windows XP's CD says it can't find any Floppy Disks on your computer. (And I'm using a CD)
Issue: My computer has no Floppy Disk Drive
It has no option to use a CD instead of a Floppy Disk.
Also, My computer only has 1 CD drive and I took out the Windows XP CD and put in the driver CD while the install program was running (which usually works). It still says it wants a Floppy Disk. 
So, making windows XP's CD find my hard drive partition isn't working at all. After days of googling, I found nothing. Does anyone know how to get Windows XP to work on a partition?


If you go to Gateway and look up your Model, you will find that there are no Drivers available for XP for your Model; they are all for Vista,


With no XP Drivers available, you are wasting your time.




Bill Smithers - Microsoft MVP July 2013 - Dec 2020

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Last updated March 26, 2018 Views 34 Applies to: