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How to Install Windows XP on the HP 2133 Mini-Note

jkOnTheRun posted an article on how to downgrade the Windows Vista version of the HP 2133 Mini-Note to Windows XP, I’ve linked the instructions below from bsumpter over at notebookreview.com’s forum since Heyman just asked for it, hope it helps.  Full thread on the post is linked here.

1) Plug in USB DVD / CD drive, insert WinXP disk.
2) Boot computer, hitting F9 at bootup to choose boot volume.
3) Choose your DVD / CD drive to boot from, then hit any key to boot from CD.
4) During XP setup, blow away all existing paritions (leave the small 400mb if you ever plan on reinstalling Suse Linux – I did not).
5) Format as NTFS – I used the “Quick” option as it takes forever the other way.
6) Install XP as normal from here forward.
7) Once installed, grab the Broadcom Ethernet driver and install it via CD or SD card:
8) Once you have a working NIC, connect to the internet, activate your copy of XP, and go to the “Windows Update”.
9) From Windows Update, choose “Custom” and install all of the hardware drivers it offers.
10) Reboot.
11) At this point, everything should be working except sound and HP Quicklaunch button support.
12) Download the KB888111 patch and install for the first part of the sound fix:
13) Download the Vista sound drivers for the Mini-Note from the HP website:
14) Run the install for the file above. It will unzip to a folder of your choosing, try to run, and then bomb because you don’t have Vista.
15) Go to Device Manager, double click on the “?” for sound device, choose Update Driver, and point it at the Vista driver folder unzipped by the above application.
16) At this point, you should have sound when finished.
17) Install the HP QuickLaunch button drivers (it’s under “Official Site 1”):
18) Ignore the popups for new hardware during this install – they will go away on their own.
19) Hit the “Start” button, click “Run”, then type “msconfig”.
20) Once inside msconfig, click the “Startup” tab on the right, and turn OFF “smax4pnp”.
21) Reboot.

Source – bsumpter via jkOnTheRun

April 29, 2008 - Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks, Software | , , , , ,


  1. Huge help. Thanks a ton!!

    Comment by steve | May 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. Yes! This also worked for me. Thank you!

    Comment by Jim | May 8, 2008 | Reply

  3. Thanks for your great tutorial! It looks like the official XP drivers are up on the HP 2133 Downloads Page.

    Comment by Erik | May 10, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the update Erik.

    Comment by hongkongphooey | May 10, 2008 | Reply

  5. Hi, Thanks for the guide to install WIN XP. But, I would prefer to leave Vista as it is and install XP as well. Can you guide me on how to do a dual boot? I presume I can re-size the drive.


    Comment by Chris | May 17, 2008 | Reply

  6. My hp2133 linux, Firefox keep closing on me. Any one got any idea why this is happening.

    Comment by Stan | May 18, 2008 | Reply

  7. Prompted “Error loading operating system” when first time reboot during installation. Any idea how to solve this? My WinXP verson is SP1. Thanks!

    Comment by Arthur | May 23, 2008 | Reply

  8. Arthur… On other forums I’ve seen that XP w. sp1 or less doesn’t work. Suspected ACPI issue. XP w. sp2 appearantly does just fine.

    Comment by Terence | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  9. Can someone tell me, how easy is it to downgrade from Vista to XP Prof and from Linux to XP Prof (I’m looking at buying the VIA 1.2 Ghz). My main concern is the performance, will this be a lot better/quicker than Vista? I have quite a few DivX movies on my usb drive & tend to watch them frequently. Will the XP 2133 play the movies smoothly and on full screen? I have used the Eee 701 with XP Prof and the movies play flawlessly on full screen. Thanks

    Comment by Ismail | June 12, 2008 | Reply

  10. Do you have the chinese version to explain and instruct how to downgrade the Vista to wondows XP? Thank you so mych.

    Comment by Dominic | August 15, 2008 | Reply

  11. Sorry, don’t have a Chinese version, you might have to google for it.

    Comment by hongkongphooey | August 15, 2008 | Reply

  12. Having the “Error loading operating system” , installed using XP pro SP2 ver 2002. ANyone help ><

    Comment by vincentpoon | September 8, 2008 | Reply

  13. ok i found out the “Error loading operating system” problem.
    You just have to delete the original 2 partition drive that comes with the vista. After which u need to create a new partition to install the xp.

    Comment by vincentpoon | September 8, 2008 | Reply

  14. I would like to know the best online stores like tigerdirect/officedepot etc located in Hongkong /Malaysia/Singapore for buying a new laptop.

    Pls help.

    Comment by RMS | January 30, 2009 | Reply


    Ok i am not a pc genius but i have some capabilities. Well i have purchased the 2133 in Suse and i really need Xp on it. I have done Everthing! but still i cannot find a solution. I really dont know what is going on as my mate who purchased the same managed to put XP. i have followed this exactly as u say using different windows and also i have followed this other way using winsetupfromUSB. nothing has worked. once i have the bootable USB, i set it up and the windows screen appears perparing the files. Before it reaches the partition stage, i get a blue screen stating:
    it seems it does not want to take me to the partition stage…i am really desperate and i dont know what else to do. Please help!!

    Comment by Spiros | February 25, 2009 | Reply

  16. Hi, if are yet to resolve the issue above I can help but if you have then ignore this

    Comment by Wilson | February 28, 2009 | Reply

  17. Hi, I have the same problem asn Spiros (see question sent 25th of February 2009). Can anyone offer some help?

    Comment by KK | March 29, 2009 | Reply

  18. I have installed as mentioned. however the wireless cannot detect my wireless network. it works on my toshiba laptop but not the HP even when i use the windows wireless network connection or the broadcom wireless utility. Any advice

    Comment by Aisha | December 15, 2009 | Reply

    • Aisha, I have the same problem as well. Have you solved the problem yet?

      Comment by Hynexl | January 12, 2010 | Reply

  19. hi, i tried to install winxp on my hp2133 but just after the first restart i get a acpi compat error, and if i press f7 during installation to bypass acpi i dont even get to the partition stage , it bombs out with a hardware or virus error, the drive partition have been delleted and recreated several times , my hp2133 had win vista on before i installed win 7 , but my voice program doesn’t work wright with either, can some one please help me. i’m out of ideas. i even tried to install win98se and win95c but no luck.

    Comment by paul kruger | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  20. btw I found a good Windows Boot CD, works nicely and is easy to use

    Comment by Harvey Villegas | August 20, 2010 | Reply

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