Windows XP on Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012)

My Mini 10 came with Windows Seven Starter Edition ; which sucks. So I replaced it with Windows Seven Professional Edition but I felt like it’s really slow. So I decided to run Windows XP on it.

The problem is that, even with XP SP3, the AHCI disk access is not enable from the instalation CD. So I had to switch to ATA mode (in the BIOS), do the installation and switch back to AHCI.

Here’s the full procedure:

  • Enter the BIOS and switch to the ATA disk mode;
  • Install Windows XP;
  • Start Windows XP;
  • Unzip the chipset driver archive on your desktop (Intel Tiger Pointer Chipset);
  • Launch the Device Manager;
  • Expand the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers section, right-click on Primary IDE channel and select Update Driver;
  • Don’t let Windows connect to Windows Update at this time;
  • Select Install a list or specific location (advance);
  • Select Don’t search. I will choose the driver to install;
  • Choose Have disk;
  • Browse to the INF file location, select it and click OK;
  • Restart the machine;
  • Enter the BIOS and switch back to AHCI mode;
  • Start Windows;
  • Enjoy!

Source: How to enable AHCI : Windows XP

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