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    I hate my laptop,is it possible

    to change to XP,had it since october and it has vista and because i dont like vista i tend not to use the laptop much, i prefer good old xp,can it be changed easily and how?

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    Should be afairly easy but you will need to backup your important files as everything will be lost.

    You would need to purchase XP.. or get it by other means :pirate:

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    Titchimp;2917079

    Should be afairly easy but you will need to backup your important files … Should be afairly easy but you will need to backup your important files as everything will be lost. You would need to purchase XP.. or get it by other means :pirate:

    should it all still work properly with xp or will i be hunting the net for drivers to work?

    Drivers should all be on the laptop manufacturers website.

    Download them prior to a re-install and burn them to a CD/DVD or an external USB device.

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    it not that easy i been doing my mate for 2 days finaly got it sorted

    make sure you back up your drivers

    i didnt do that that where my problems started

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    PhearFactor;2917102

    Drivers should all be on the laptop manufacturers website.Download them … Drivers should all be on the laptop manufacturers website.Download them prior to a re-install and burn them to a CD/DVD or an external USB device.



    good thinking batman that wat i didnt do

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    danby jason;2917109

    it not that easy i been doing my mate for 2 days finaly got it sorted … it not that easy i been doing my mate for 2 days finaly got it sorted make sure you back up your drivers i didnt do that that where my problems started

    thats the bit that worries me lol

    Might void the warranty, but seen as though you had it since October must be running out?

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    Naeem786;2917125

    Might void the warranty, but seen as though you had it since October must … Might void the warranty, but seen as though you had it since October must be running out?

    yes it had a year on it and in that time i must of used it for a whole 3 hours :oops: i just cant get on with vista!

    its easy if you know what your doing. people can do it for you, at a cost obviously tho. but yes, can be done.

    like people have said back up stuff... it caused me problems too.

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    if i sent it into a pc shop to be done how much would i be looking at?

    give ubuntu a go - costs nowt.

    danby jason;2917109

    i been doing my mate for 2 days


    ooo-err missus:whistling:

    I would install XP for a free.... providing you bought xp and a 2.5inch to 3.5inch ide adapter and paid for postage both ways. (It'd be cheaper to send the HDD then to send the whole laptop

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    scrumpypaul;2917205

    give ubuntu a go - costs nowt.

    whats that?:?

    Naeem786;2917125

    Might void the warranty, but seen as though you had it since October must … Might void the warranty, but seen as though you had it since October must be running out?



    Installing XP wouldn't void the warranty, the main problem in downgrading Vista to XP is driver support - more often laptop companies do not provide XP drivers which can be a real problem.

    John

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    timothyw9;2917270

    I would install XP for a free.... providing you bought xp and a 2.5inch … I would install XP for a free.... providing you bought xp and a 2.5inch to 3.5inch ide adapter and paid for postage both ways. (It'd be cheaper to send the HDD then to send the whole laptop

    oh might have to have a think about your kind offer,the laptops nothing special,I bought it for days when my illness means im stuck in bed but just cant get on with it

    Another option using VMWare vmware.com/pro…er/

    It lets you "virtually" run XP, Linux etc on your Vista PC without losing anything, plus its free!

    ubuntu is an open-source operating system.

    free.

    i put it on my laptop a few weeks ago after downloading it and putting it on a cd.

    it's different but not impossible and if you're just wanting to surf, sen emails, do word processing or other simple stuff it is dead easy to use.

    you can even just try it off the cd before installing it to see if you are happy with it.

    worth a try. won't cost you anything and everything is reversible.

    mardyass

    if you want, pm me with your address, i'll run off an ubuntu cd for you with some brief instructions and pop it in the post for you in the next few days.

    Which model laptop do you have?

    As stated, the difficult thing about downgrading laptops are the availibility of XP drivers. Many manufacturers only post Vista drivers (as the laptop came pre-installed) on their websites. People went out of their ways to find / hack drivers for this very reason for my 12.1" Packard Bell, which I downgraded to XP as it was coming out of the DHL van. Being able to downgrade with the availibility of these drivers = major selling point for me at the time.

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    TGB;2917534

    Which model laptop do you have?As stated, the difficult thing about … Which model laptop do you have?As stated, the difficult thing about downgrading laptops are the availibility of XP drivers. Many manufacturers only post Vista drivers (as the laptop came pre-installed) on their websites. People went out of their ways to find / hack drivers for this very reason for my 12.1" Packard Bell, which I downgraded to XP as it was coming out of the DHL van. Being able to downgrade with the availibility of these drivers = major selling point for me at the time.

    its just a cheapy Hi Grade (catalogue job)

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    scrumpypaul;2917406

    mardyassif you want, pm me with your address, i'll run off an ubuntu cd … mardyassif you want, pm me with your address, i'll run off an ubuntu cd for you with some brief instructions and pop it in the post for you in the next few days.

    thankyou very very much pm sent:)

    What exactly is it you don't like about vista?, reason I ask is because you can set vista up to look/act like xp as far as gui goes anyway.
    Try turning on classic windows theme in desktop/folder options/taskbar etc.
    I did it on a m8's machine when he had to change for dx10, don't think he's noticed he's on vista yet lol

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    maddogb;2917824

    What exactly is it you don't like about vista?, reason I ask is because … What exactly is it you don't like about vista?, reason I ask is because you can set vista up to look/act like xp as far as gui goes anyway.Try turning on classic windows theme in desktop/folder options/taskbar etc. I did it on a m8's machine when he had to change for dx10, don't think he's noticed he's on vista yet lol

    its the grouping windows(i always manage to shut the lot!)
    it takes ages to load up,i hate the big bubbly look,hate the way it always asks if i will confirm the action,it just drives me mad lol

    Mardyass;2918702

    its the grouping windows(i always manage to shut the lot!)it takes ages … its the grouping windows(i always manage to shut the lot!)it takes ages to load up,i hate the big bubbly look,hate the way it always asks if i will confirm the action,it just drives me mad lol



    never found the load up time to be that much diff from xp tbh and UAC(the action confirming) can be turned off, look under control panel users.

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    Mardyass;2917162

    if i sent it into a pc shop to be done how much would i be looking at?



    Ill do it Where are you based?
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