Found 2nd Nov 2008
Is it possible to change to xp from vista without too much trouble,and for someone with limited knowledge to do this

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yes as long as your pc is compatible to run vista. just stick the CD in and follow the instraiction, you can "upgrade" or start from "fresh".

I started from fresh, and when I start my pc up, I can pick either XP or Vista.

black gerbil1;3352183

yes as long as your pc is compatible to run vista. just stick the CD in … yes as long as your pc is compatible to run vista. just stick the CD in and follow the instraiction, you can "upgrade" or start from "fresh".I started from fresh, and when I start my pc up, I can pick either XP or Vista.


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black gerbil1;3352183

yes as long as your pc is compatible to run vista. just stick the CD in … yes as long as your pc is compatible to run vista. just stick the CD in and follow the instraiction, you can "upgrade" or start from "fresh".I started from fresh, and when I start my pc up, I can pick either XP or Vista.



I dont think you read his question properly.

He said to DOWNGRADE from VISTA to XP

Not UPGRADE from XP to Vista.

why ? Vista is better!

raptorcigs;3352215

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snowtiger;3352402

why ? Vista is better!


in some aspects.

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its like trading in a merc for a ford

Depends if you have a SATA hard drive or not. If you do have a SATA then you will need to jump through hoops before XP works and I don't recommend it for a beginner. If you don't have a SATA drive it should be straight forward.

I do not think there is an official downgrade path.

If you put a Winodws XP disk in your PC and tried to install it then Windows would say you are already running a more recent version of windows and wont let you install (I have not tried this but assume this is what will happen).

So to install XP on a machine that already has Vista would mean a "clean install".

This would completely remove Vista (and all your programs and personal files) from the hard disk and you would have to install XP "from scratch".

Generally this is not difficult, although if you have not done it before some of the sections may be a bit confusing.

The most important thing is DRIVERS.

Some hardware on your PC needs special drivers to make them work (like graphics, sound, networking, and other components). While Windows ships with some drivers they are usually generic and wont get the best from your hardware.

So BEFORE you think about an XP install you need to get hold of all your hardware drivers for XP. It may be that if it is a NEW computer there are no XP drivers, so this could be an issue.

You also require a copy of the Windows XP code on CD or DVD.

You will also need to have available the code for ever program you want on your PC AFTER you have installed XP. You need to make sure it is the XP versions of the programs not the Vista versions.

To be honest, unless you have a desparate reason for doing it you are better staying on Vista.

If you got a bootable version of XP (a version that can run from start up using DOS) then its fairly straight forward.

You need to back-up all important data as they will be wiped. Also make a notice of all your devices (brands & model) sound card, graphics card etc. As you will need drivers for all of these.

Once that is done, go onto you bios and make sure that the first boot is your CD/DVD drive. Put your XP disc in your drive and restart, follow the instructions and format your hard drive and install XP.

csiman;3352416

its like trading in a merc for a ford



Ford any day

mittu1;3352426

Depends if you have a SATA hard drive or not. If you do have a SATA then … Depends if you have a SATA hard drive or not. If you do have a SATA then you will need to jump through hoops before XP works and I don't recommend it for a beginner. If you don't have a SATA drive it should be straight forward.



Not if you have a setting in bios for the sata that allows you to change from AHCP > IDE mode ;-)

Anyway, just tried a dual boot system on my new laptop and according to passmark Vista is actually about 10% better than XP performance wise, just nasty to use is all :lol:

Shengis;3353027

Ford any day :pNot if you have a setting in bios for the sata that allows … Ford any day :pNot if you have a setting in bios for the sata that allows you to change from AHCP > IDE mode ;-)Anyway, just tried a dual boot system on my new laptop and according to passmark Vista is actually about 10% better than XP performance wise, just nasty to use is all :lol:



That is true if you have the bios setting but it is not recommended as you will be slowing your hard drive down.

mittu1;3355057

That is true if you have the bios setting but it is not recommended as … That is true if you have the bios setting but it is not recommended as you will be slowing your hard drive down.



Actually it doesn't slow it at all, it's an emulation, not a physical change. XP recognises it as IDE the hardware still performs as intended ;-)

Shengis;3353027

Anyway, just tried a dual boot system on my new laptop and according to … Anyway, just tried a dual boot system on my new laptop and according to passmark Vista is actually about 10% better than XP performance wise, just nasty to use is all :lol:



Ditto for my system. There's not much in it, but Vista beats XP in benchmarks, and feels as fast all-round. There's no vsync tearing when I'm watching HD videos and I get to use my full 4GB of RAM, so win all-round for Vista for me.
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