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Can you load windows XP onto a vista PC?

lady111 Avatar
8y, 1w agoPosted 8 years, 1 week ago
I've just bought todays boffer. It looks like great value but comes with Vista Home Premium Pre-installed. I believe XP to be better, what are my options?
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8y, 1w agoPosted 8 years, 1 week ago
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#1
I think you can downgrade if you have business edition.

It would all depend if the hardware had XP compatible drivers available.
#2
Set all the option in vista to best performance, disable UAC et voila XP ;-)

Or you could wipe the HDD and install XP or do a dual boot but that's a bit of a task with Vista already installed.
#3
if u got a xp disk and coa key then u can just format the drive and install xp on to it

not sure if u can do a straight downgrade without formatting tho

youll also need to get your drivers and stuff for xp if the puter doesnt come with em
#4
I would create a partition on the hard drive and have dual boot
#5
lupos0_1
I would create a partition on the hard drive and have dual boot


this is the only way you can do it without totally reformatting your pc!
#6
lupos0_1
I would create a partition on the hard drive and have dual boot


scotland88
this is the only way you can do it without totally reformatting your pc!


But its a PITA as you have to hack the boot sector of the HD to get Vista to boot after (if you ever want to use it) because the XP loader isn't Vista compatible. After being a longtime hater of Vista even I admit that in most ways it is actually more efficient that XP, just so long as you don't want to use the network because thats a complete ******* to set up.
#7
Ungreat;3606065
I think you can downgrade if you have business edition.

It would all depend if the hardware had XP compatible drivers available.


Yep - Vista Business and Vista Ultimate allow you to legally install XP and use a key which has already been activated (such as an OEM one) that wouldn't normally be allowed.

Your point about checking for XP drivers is a good one as many companies no longer provide them.

John
#8
Shengis
But its a PITA as you have to hack the boot sector of the HD to get Vista to boot after (if you ever want to use it) because the XP loader isn't Vista compatible. After being a longtime hater of Vista even I admit that in most ways it is actually more efficient that XP, just so long as you don't want to use the network because thats a complete ******* to set up.


Would agree that Vista is as good or better than XP. Neither is perfect though. :roll:

As others have said, there will be increasing problems getting non-Vista drivers for newer hardware so only downgrade to XP if you really can't stand Vista.
#9
>I believe XP to be better, what are my options?

While Vista had a lot of critics when it first came out (I was one of them) I think you will find most people has grown to like it.

Vista has been out for 2 years now and XP is starting to look rather old.

All new hardware and software will work with Vista (which was not the case when Vista first came out) and as others have said, getting XP drivers may prove to be difficult.

There is no doubt all the new developments from Microsoft (and other companies) will be based on Vista and by going back to XP you will be missing out.

If I were you I would stick with Vista.
#10
I believe Vista to be better! :) XP is dead! You'll be fine using Vista :thumbsup:
#11
Heres my Vista desktop.....

http://www.shengis.net/hukdpics/desktop.jpg

This would make me sick within 5 minutes...

http://www.shengis.net/hukdpics/desktop2.jpg
banned#12
simple....... format and instal xp
#13
I have Vista and XP in dual boot (only have XP as VIsta doesn't have working drivers for my old 'workhorse' printer) and both work fine.
You need to read up a little on how to install and make this set-up work properly, especially in you have Vista loaded first, but basically you will need to create a partition for the second OS to go on (loads of partition programs around can do this) then after installing XP on this new partition you need to download "Vista Bootloader" where you can modify Vista's bootmanager to recognise the XP OS on boot-up and give you the option to choose it.

Be warned though: XP deletes all Vista restore points!! Apparently ,as XP reads some info differently (shadow volume or something like that) as soon as you load XP any restore points you had in Vista will be wiped out. There is a fix for this though, that involves 'hiding' the Vista partition from XP (a registry hack) but you should look up the info on this to make sure you do it right.

As regards which is better: If your hardware is relatively up to to date then Vista is the better. Yes, it takes a little getting used to and at first I didn't like it much at all, but now I have had it a while I wouldn't go back.
#14
I'd currently like to do this the other way around, I have XP and want to add Vista. Anyone got links to good articles on creating a partition safely then installing Vista so I can dual boot?
#15
dcx_badass
Just make a new partition and install vista from the disk and choose the new partition to install to and vista does the rest. Vista sets the dual boot up fine on its own.


yeah you just make the partition with the vista disc !

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