Solved: Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer

As we know, Microsoft stopped Windows XP selling product to new computer purchasing in order to overcoming Windows Vista.

On recent days, new computers or notebooks product which has the requirement hardware are now capable to use it. It will run, but slow (a very to me).

To make it double faster running OS, try to using Windows XP.One problem found that lots of newest computers or notebooks.

The problem that people keep running into left and right is getting to the point where XP starts to install and getting the message

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer

This error happens because your new computer has a storage controller that isn’t supported natively in XP, usually an SATA (Serial ATA) controller.

So, how to integrating the bootable installer with the SATA driver software, since I’m not too interesting to buy a USB floppy drive?

How To Create a Custom XP Install CD With Sata Driver

Step 1: First of all, get the SATA driver manufactured from your hardware factory website & download nLite and Install, to create a custom Windows XP installer.

Note : You need .NET Framework 2.0 available from Microsoft download site before running the nLite.

Step 2: After Installation, Once it starts up, you’ll be prompted for your Windows installation dir, so you’ll want to click the Browse button.

Step 3: You’ll be prompted for the “Windows installation”, which really means your XP install CD. Find it and select the root of the installation, and then click OK to go to the next dialog.

Step 4: Next you’ll be prompted on where you want to save the temporary files used during the slip-streaming process.

  • I chose to create a new directory and called it XPISO,
  • But you can put it wherever you’d like.
  • I just recommend to use a new directory.

 Step 5: Now nLite will copy all the necessary files off the XP installation and into the temporary folder.

When it’s done, you’ll see all the information on which version it is.

Step 6: Click the next button.

 Step 7: Where you can select what options you want.

Select “Drivers” and  “Bootable ISO”.

 You can select any of the other options if you’d like. nLite will let you bundle updates, set tweaks or automatically remove components from the installation, but that all goes beyond the scope of this article.

Step 8: Click the next button until you get to the screen for selecting drivers.

If you click the Insert button, you can choose between adding a single driver or adding a folder of drivers.

Since we’ll just be loading a single driver, you can choose that option,

Step 9: Browse to the directory where you extracted the driver files, and then select Open.

Note : It doesn’t really matter which of the *.inf files you choose, because it will select all files in the folder anyway.

nLite will prompt you to select your driver.

If you don’t know which exact one it is, you can either use Device Manager and find the exact model, or you can just select all of them. Just be careful not to select a 64-bit driver if you are using 32-bit, or the wrong OS version.

I would recommend including both Storage and Network drivers, as those are the most common drivers that are missing in XP.

Once you proceed to the next screen, now we can finally finish the process. You can choose to directly burn the cd here, or you can select Create Image to create an ISO file that you can burn to a CD using whatever burning tool you have.

Note: If you chose to create an ISO, make sure to use the “Make ISO” button before you click Next.

At this point you can burn the ISO image to a CD, and then start your XP installation process.

After it finished, let it try to boot from this bootable CD next to your computer or notebook.

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