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Help Needed: How can I install XP over Vista???!

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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
I have given Vista a fair go for 6 months, that came pre-installed on a Dell PC, Dell have all the XP drivers for my PC, but I am struggling to install XP over Vista.

I am selected the XP disc from the boot menu, but it just doesn't like it. Is there another way I need to be doing this?

Let me know if you need any more details?
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
I don't think you can. Surely Vista has to be removed first by formatting the drive.
#2
Sounds like your XP disc is dodgy, should come up "press any key to boot from CD" or similar :S
#3
if you want to get rid of vista uninstall it, then and only then install XP,
#4
Is it Windows XP you have, or just XP drivers?
It sounds unlikely that you have Windows XP.
#5
Format it, then do a clean install of XP.
#6
You can't easily do this, as your PC wont let you install an older version on top of a newer version of Windows. If you had Vista Ultimate or Vista Business installed, and have XP Professional with the license key, Microsoft will guide you through the process of doing this.

I've never done this but what you are supposed to do is...

Install a copy of Windows XP Professional with the product key that came with the copy, and then when you hit the activation screen -- which is near the end of the installation process -- select the activate by phone option rather than the online method. You'll likely end up talking with a live rep; tell him that you're downgrading from Vista to XP, and give him the Vista product key. The rep is supposed to walk you through the rest.

If you have a different version of Vista, you're out of luck with Microsoft, but PC Magazine have an article on their site explaining how to "fool" your computer and allowing you to do this. You can find this at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2287685,00.asp
#7
before formatting make sure you have the windows xp disc,
#8
n1ttygr1tty;2525612
before formatting make sure you have the windows xp disc,

And XP drivers.
#9
Thanks for your replies, I have a genuine copy of XP on disc and a license code to use.

The blue screen comes up as usual, but it comes up with an error message (will post what this is this evening).

How do you uninstall Vista?
#10
dcx_badass
Format it, then do a clean install of XP.


How do I format the hard drive, its a SATA if that helps?
banned 1 Like #11
You don't need to do anything other than get the XP CD to boot properly, from there you can format the Vista partition.
1 Like #12
andimccann;2525639
Thanks for your replies, I have a genuine copy of XP on disc and a license code to use.

The blue screen comes up as usual, but it comes up with an error message (will post what this is this evening).

How do you uninstall Vista?


You have to reformat the drive.

Step 1. Before you uninstall Vista, back up all your files, have your Windows XP disk handy, and create an MS-DOS boot CD. You can easily create an MS-DOS boot CD by downloading the files at the following site: http://www.allbootdisks.com.
Step 2. Before you start the process, go into your BIOS settings and ensure that your CD-ROM drive has the highest drive priority and not the disk drive or some other drive. This will ensure that your MS-DOS boot CD will load up before Vista.
Step 3. Restart your computer with the MS-DOS boot CD inserted into your drive. A setup menu should pop up. You should select or type "R" to repair an existing installation in the setup menu.
Step 4. After typing "R" in the setup menu, type the following command:
fixboot C:\.
If your Vista root is not on C drive, replace "C" with the appropriate drive letter.
Step 5. Input the following command: fixmbr C:\. After this command has been entered, type EXIT. You can now close this setup program and restart your computer. When you restart your computer, ensure that the MS-DOS boot CD is loaded in the CD-ROM drive.
Step 6. Once at the command prompt, you will reformat your hard drive. (Remember that when you reformat your hard drive, you are effectively erasing all its contents.) Type in the following command: format C:/. Once your computer has completed the reformatting of your hard drive, you can restart your computer. Before restarting, ensure that your Windows XP installation CD is in your CD-ROM drive.
Step 7. The Windows XP installation menu should appear; just follow the directions to install Windows XP onto your computer. Once XP is fully installed, the entire process will be complete.


Uninstalling Vista If You Bought a New Computer with Windows Vista Preloaded
If you have purchased a new computer and Vista came preloaded, you can still uninstall it off your drive and replace it with an operating system of your choice. If you plan on uninstalling Vista and replacing it with Windows XP, the process will be pretty much the same as the preceding scenario. You will first remove Vista from your hard drive, then reformat your hard drive, and finally install Windows XP on your hard drive. To accomplish this task, you will need your Windows XP installation CD. You will also need to create an MS-DOS boot CD. You can download an MS-DOS boot CD from the following site: http://www.allbootdisks.com.
Now just follow the steps given in the preceding section (steps 1 through 7).
1 Like #13
Run through the start of the XP disk but before you start choose advanced install and when it says choose the partition, delete the existing one and then format it as ntfs, then just install xp on it.
1 Like #14
i ve just done it.. and currently my machine run BOTH XP Pro and Vista Home Premium like charm

i must warn you though that this is not an easy procedure.. a couple of critical things:

1. You HAVE to make recovery Vista DVD ready. the Rocovery partition on your disk wont help once XP overwrite your vista bootloader.
2. You need to back up your driver (using such software as DRIVERMAX) so that you can install everything once XP installed. Even then, you may still have to serach ALL your hardware driver for XP, because some mechines are specifically built for VISTA. hence the drivers wont work on XP.
3. You need to download dual boot manager in your case EasyBCD (cos Vista is installed first) So that you can choose which software you want to run

Its too long to describe thew procedure.. Ill comeback with some links
#15
This is a good guide to do dual software installation:

http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_vista_and_xp_with_vista_installed_first__the_stepbystep_guide.htm

I think they even give links to some helpful software as well..

goodlcuk... i'd help you if we live nearby :)
1 Like #17
vixygwim
You don't need to do anything other than get the XP CD to boot properly, from there you can format the Vista partition.


Simple, sensible reply.
This is all that is needed, apart from backing up anything you want to keep for later.
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#18
Theres nowt wrong with vista, i aint really used XP cos i'm new to computer(15 months), but it's a taking a step backwards dont ya think? vista is better than xp in my opinion. What dont ya like about vista?
#19
Familia
Theres nowt wrong with vista, i aint really used XP cos i'm new to computer(15 months), but it's a taking a step backwards dont ya think? vista is better than xp in my opinion. What dont ya like about vista?


How can you say that if you haven't really used XP?
#20
Thanks for all your replies, nuabdi some good info and links there, I will give this all a go tomorrow when I get some time to play. I have repped you all! Will report back on my progress tomorrow.

Familia - Vista looks nice and has some again 'nice' features XP doesn't, but it is a big drain on resource and has a lot of compatabiltiy issues, I know you can dual boot, but its one or the other for me and I am opting for XP.

Thanks again.

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