format vista home premium to xp pro

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Hi all

im trying to format my current pavilion dv3000
currently is in Vista Home Premium
i want to reformat using XP professional..

i search for quite of tutorials on that but my problem is still there

when i put in my windown xp pro cd in.. the system doesnt even read it. as though there is no disk in the drive.

even i change the boot disk to optical drive. it doesnt detect anything..
please help.

urgent problem..

thanks
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Try to use FDISK to format your Vista Home.
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Grishmat, sorry, but how in the world is that going to help? The poster said the drive wouldn't even read the CD.

yoshikev001, I have to ask this. Are you using an original genuine XP disk or a copy? If it's genuine, try it in a different computer and see if it is recognized. If it is not the disk may be bad.
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If all else fails..... Just find yourself a windows 98 start up disk and format your hard drive with that. Then you can use the GUI to start the XP installation. Also, sometimes and when you don't have a true name brand CD/DVD player or writter, Vista as well as other operating systems will not recognize it. There is also the issue of Vista not having a true DOS and therefore all the hardware in your computer will be run by Windows O/S drivers and not by DOS or another command line base O/S. These are things to keep in mind when you are dealing with this problem. You can also get a utilities disk from the Hard driver manufacturer and use that to wipe the disk clean and reset the partition. I hope that this helps you out.
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Is your cd drive working ? . Is the cd bootable? . Check whether your cs is in low priority in the boot order .

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