As of writing this post, I am also trying to figure out the proper way to install an XP operating system to an old laptop – HP 530. The should-be typical reformatting method turns out to be an adventure. Here’s the story:
One of our non-techy friend gave me her HP 530 laptop and told me to do everything for it to be usable. She told me that she can’t use the laptop properly because of a very low-performance issue. I checked the Internet for the model and saw that the said laptop was a little bit outdated. Check the HP 530 specifications on the link. [Link]
You can see on the link that it is only powered by a Celeron M processor and a 512MB RAM with an 80GB hard disk! When I booted the laptop, the Windows 7 log-on screen surprised me. That’s crazy! A Celeron M with 512MB RAM running on Windows 7 Ultimate?!
Basically, my first plan is to change it to its original OS which is a Windows Vista Basic. But since I am lacking of that OS installer, I decided to install an OS with lower requirements – Windows XP.
When I’m on the process of reformatting it, a big naughty problem just popped-out over and over again. It is always saying that “Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.” What?!
So I searched on the web for the best fix to this problem. And fortunately, I found one located at howtogeek.com.
The solution will require a little bit of software knowledge because it will instruct you to create a custom Windows XP installation disc. You will be required to download a piece of freeware called nLite to accomplish this task. You should also have the SATA hard disk driver (which you can download at your laptop’s brand website.)
After following their steps, I perfectly created a custom XP disc. I used it to format the HP 530 and it worked flawlessly! After several minutes, it is now running on Windows XP. Many thanks to that tutorial! [Link]