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removing vista and installing xp?

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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
just wondering if anyone can help me out with the following: have just bought a new laptop with pre-installed windows vista...however the program i need to run mainly (adobe illustrator) wont work on vista only xp. i cant afford to buy the latest illustrator as it is about 400 pounds!!
how easy is it and what is involved to change the os to xp?
and also will that affect wireless internet or anything else??
cheers if anyone can help!
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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
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#1
I had the same problem only with another piece of Software.
I gave up in the end as it kept thowing me up a blue screen. Ended up leaving it into a computer shop and cost £55
Not sure what they done though.
#2
Do you have the XP disk, if so then the way i would use is to completly format your laptop and install XP from scratch which really is quite easy. With an 80gb hard drive it would take me 40 mins to format my hard drive and install windows.

Drivers are really easy to install as long as you know what hardware you have before you format.
#3
You should be able to install XP easily enough if you have an XP CD. All will depend on the nature of the vista installation.

How did vista come on it? Installed so that you have the CDs or did you have to create the backup / recovery disks? If the latter, it would be a good idea to create disks for future need.

Do you have XP? You will need to get the relevant drivers for all the hardware from the net - if you have a well known brand, you may be able to get it all easily.
Give details of the machine (make and model) as a start.
#4
Tatey
Do you have the XP disk, if so then the way i would use is to completly format your laptop and install XP from scratch which really is quite easy. With an 80gb hard drive it would take me 40 mins to format my hard drive and install windows.

Drivers are really easy to install as long as you know what hardware you have before you format.


How do I format the hard drive ?
I put in an original xp pro disk, booted from CD drive and waited until it asked to delete partitions.
Problem was, it didn't. It just gave me an error message. Blue screen

PC was a brand new Dell.
#5
woodys
just wondering if anyone can help me out with the following: have just bought a new laptop with pre-installed windows vista...however the program i need to run mainly (adobe illustrator) wont work on vista only xp. i cant afford to buy the latest illustrator as it is about 400 pounds!!
how easy is it and what is involved to change the os to xp?
and also will that affect wireless internet or anything else??
cheers if anyone can help!


There's no reason why you can't have XP and Vista on the same PC. Some of the drivers for XP may not be on your laptop manufacturers website, so you may have go though the device manager and go googling and download them from the company that made each component.

You will need to install XP from inside Vista. Install XP until it tells you to reboot, tell it you will reboot manually. Then goto the root directory of your C: drive, and find the hidden directory that the XP install has created (normally has a ~ in the name). In that directory is a text file WINNT.SIF edit it with notepad and

add the following line to the [Data] section:

AutoPartition=0
UnattendedInstall = "Yes"

add the following lines to the [Unattended] section:

TargetPath=\WINXP
Repartition=No
ProgramFilesDir="C:\My Program Files XP"
CommonProgramFilesDir="C:\My Program Files XP\My Common Files"

add to the [GuiUnattended] section:

ProfilesDir="C:\Documents and Settings XP\"

After installing XP, edit the boot.ini file in the root directory and add:

c:\boot\bootsect.dat="Microsoft Windows Vista"

to the bottom.

Before you install XP you will need copy bootsect.exe from the vista CD to the root directory of your harddisk. "bootsect /nt60 sys" will go back to Vista.

If you want to, You should be able to download the bios files from [URL="www.oembios.net"]www.oembios.net[/URL] Copy the contents of the XP cd to the hard disk and extract the contents of the file downloaded (4 files) to the I386 directory.


There's a WIFI WPA update here https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=009D8425-CE2B-47A4-ABEC-274845DC9E91&displaylang=en
and a WifI WPA2 update availble from microsoft which you will probably need https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=662BB74D-E7C1-48D6-95EE-1459234F4483&displaylang=en
#6
mrtootough
How do I format the hard drive ?
I put in an original xp pro disk, booted from CD drive and waited until it asked to delete partitions.
Problem was, it didn't. It just gave me an error message. Blue screen

PC was a brand new Dell.


If you don't know how to format the drive, then it's probably best you don't, you could end up with an unusable machine.

Depending on how the drive is laid out, you may be able to shrink you main partition down and install XP on the free space. To do this first defragment your hard disk and the run diskmgmt.msc and then shrink the main volume.

Before you do anything you should download all the XP drivers for your machine.
#7
mrtootough
How do I format the hard drive ?
I put in an original xp pro disk, booted from CD drive and waited until it asked to delete partitions.
Problem was, it didn't. It just gave me an error message. Blue screen

PC was a brand new Dell.


What did the error message say?

Also, if you call Dell's Customer Care line and complain about Vista, they should either refund the cost of Vista, or send you out an XP disc.
#8
I have just tried the same sort of thing but my laptops drivers only work with vista. There are no drivers for several of the components for xp. Our techs at work suggested contacting the manufacturer and asking for the drivers but I havent got round to it yet - apparently several of the manufacturers are only providing drivers for vista and not for the existing windows platforms.
#9
Seems that it's a Dell, I think you will not be in a good position to do much about putting on XP. I know Dell will provide XP on machines if requested but they do not always make drivers available.

Will the software run in any form of compatibility mode?
banned#10
What version of Illustrator?

Try this:
un-install Illustrator and then re-install it.

then locate the Illustrator executable file (Illustrator.exe).
Right click on the icon and select Properties.
In the next dialog, click the Compatibility tab and then select the check box next to "Run this program in compatibility mode for"
and then select (the default) Windows XP (Service Pack 2) from the pull down.

It should now work in vista, but may be a bit buggy.

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