What I was going to suggest was to buy a computer from Dell Auction for around $100.00 that comes with Windows XP Pro, use the Dell XP Disk that comes with the computer and then unload the computer. You would wind up with XP Pro for all most nothing, But I now see that your in the UK (?) so that probably would not work for you.
That is indeed, the instructions and a link to the program that you need to get the task achieved. Windows XP disk are not prevented from being copied. The only thing that should be of concern is that you will need a new original copy with a Product Key that has not been activated and follow the instructions. I highlighted the linked page instructions you provided, not the entire page, just the instructions, including the photographs, and copied and pasted them into a MS Word document and then saved the document for future referral purposes since I can't seem to remember all this any longer. You could print these out if needed. But with these instructions, and an unactivated copy of Windows XP Home upgrade, you should be good to go. Hope this helps.
EDIT: By the way, I love the name of your hometown.
OK good but my only worry is that when I use a new copy of xp upgrade and try to activate it Microsoft will know its a Dell machine and be aware that it used to have Vista on it and not allow activation. At £87 (@ $175) for a new upgrade copy it is a bit of a gamble. The trouble is in the UK its @ £170 for a full retail copy. Thats around $330
also wouldn't I need to slipstream the sata drivers not the chipset drivers or maybe both?
I understand your very real concern. But this will not be a problem. First, you will be reformatting the hard drive which would erase all the data on the drive. No Vista data or any other data would be on the drive. Secondly, Microsoft does not care if it is a Dell system that you are installing Windows XP on. Third, If all goes well, and the install succeeds, as I expect it to, and you go online to activate your legally purchased copy of Windows XP Home upgrade, and the activation fails, as it does even with legal copies as yours will be, you then can call a Microsoft toll free telephone number and speak to a representative and explain what you have done and the representative will ask you for some numbers (they will show you where to locate the numbers) and then give you another set of numbers for you to enter on your system, and it will be legally activated. Before attempting to do the downgrade from Vista, please perform any backups of any data that you may need later, like documents, photos, dowloaded files, etc., because all the data will be deleted when XP is installed. I understand your concern. We are not talking a small amout of money here. Hope this helps.
Edit: I forgot to answer your question about the drivers. Included in the chipset drivers, I beleive, are the SATA drivers. But to be safe, I would slipstream all the drivers I could from the Dell web site for your system that deals with XP. As in some of the driver downloads, I found that the SATA drivers were embedded in the Intel Chipset Driver Utility. It was an executable file so you could not see the individual driver files. XP cannot locate these drivers from within the executable file so I extracted the files and it created a folder on the C:\ drive listed as C:\dell\Drivers and in the XP folder were the SATA drivers. You can then just copy the SATA drivers files to anywhere you prefer. Hope this helps.
Microsoft will not care that it previously had Vista on it. Their only concern is that you legally obtained the software.
Thanks for that confirmation. I know this, as do many, but some may not. This information may help those that are unaware of how the process works. Thanks again
Right here goes. I have wiped my HDD with Seagate disk wizard and created a new partition. When I try to install xp home it goes through the prelimimary setup until its time to load windows and then I get this.
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this stop screen error, restart your computer. If this sreen appears again follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer.
Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers.
Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated.
Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption and restart your computer.
Stop: 0x0000007b (0xF78D2524,0xc0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000)
Now I suspect as previously mentioned its the sata and possibly the chipset drivers, but how do I remedy this. I tried slipstreaming these into windows xp but alas to no avail. Help!!!
edit I have tried making a bootable usb with HP usb disk storage format tool and putting the drivers on that but that hasn't worked. It could be me of course. I also tried it with nero bootable disk no joy.