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    restoring a laptop from Vista to XP?

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    by daz’n’ash ·

    Can someone explain to me how to restore a laptop from Windows Vista to Windows XP?

    The laptop is new, it came preinstalled with Vista. The person whom it belongs to is used to XP and I let him try out Vista for a week to see if he would get used to it. He hates it and wants XP.

    Thanks.

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    • #2471086

      Clarifications

      by daz’n’ash ·

      In reply to restoring a laptop from Vista to XP?

      Clarifications

    • #2471082

      Not sure if you can still get it……….

      by thumbsup2 ·

      In reply to restoring a laptop from Vista to XP?

      ……… but some manufacturers offered a downgrade XP disk designed for the specific laptop you purchased. Check with them to see if (1) they offer it and (2) can you still get it since the laptop is new.

      Sorry, but that’s your best shot at getting XP.

      • #2994064

        from vista to xp

        by ggatt14 ·

        In reply to Not sure if you can still get it……….

        i think that just get the xp cd and just format the laptop then go on the site of the laptop and download the drives for the xp version. that is what i recently done to my laptop which is an Acer Travelmate 7720

    • #2471065

      I don’t think you can

      by mjd420nova ·

      In reply to restoring a laptop from Vista to XP?

      My son installed Vista on his laptop without asking me about it first. Now he has all kinds of problems and some drivers don’t work properly. I’ve looked at it and can’t get Vista to work right and it won’t even reinstall XP from the recovery disks. He’s stuck and that’s why some mfgrs are offering to use XP insead. M$ is even continuing support for XP and still selling it retail as Vista is not selling except to the preloader of systems and they’re not selling either.

    • #2471059

      Depends on the make and model…

      by boxfiddler ·

      In reply to restoring a laptop from Vista to XP?

      not to mention the chipset.

      If you have the XP OS disk, all the drivers for the specific make and model laptop, the correct drivers for the mobo chipset, then you can do it. But some chipsets don’t have drivers for XP, some hardware doesn’t have drivers for XP, so before you start make certain you have all the drivers you need.

      If you need to identify all your hardware, try this link: http://www.gtopala.com/

      If you’re having trouble loading XP, use a Linux LiveCD offering such as Knoppix to reformat the drive. If you don’t like that idea, try MaxBlast. I have used it frequently to write a drive to zero then load a new OS.

      BUT DON’T DO IT IF YOU CAN’T FIND THE DRIVERS.

      • #2565072

        adding to boxfiddler’s reply

        by dfoote ·

        In reply to Depends on the make and model…

        Use that very same Linux LiveCD (I prefer sysrescue) and run lspci from the command line. This will give you very specific hardware information.

        I too use SIW from gtopala. Great program except that from my experience it will only report hardware that has drivers already installed.

        With the information from lspci, finding the correct drivers can be done. In some cases you may have to go directly to the manufacturer, such as Broadcom or Intel, because the laptop maker doesn’t have an XP version.

        I’ve converted a number of Dell XPS models. For more info, see my blog at http://hostedtechnologysolutions.com/techblog/2008/05/08/23/

    • #2471328

      How to:

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to restoring a laptop from Vista to XP?

      I get kinda tired of repeating this; in the future search the boards as I have posted this solution already.

      1. Get all the XP drivers for the system that you can.

      2. In the case of hardware that has no XP drivers but does have the Vista drivers, get the Vista 32 bit drivers.

      3. Back up your documents and setting folder to external media or a second hard disk.

      4. Insert XP install disk, when asked for install options delete the resident Vista partition and reformat the drive.

      5. finish install of XP.

      6. Install XP drivers.

      7. For hardware for which there are only Vista drivers, do a forced install of Vista drivers. Be forewarned that some Vista may not work in XP, however, most will because they contain the backwards compatible kernels.

      Good luck.

      Yes, I did this myself on an HP dv9225 which came preinstalled with Vista.

    • #2471670

      VistaBootPro

      by hefaeche ·

      In reply to restoring a laptop from Vista to XP?

      You would use http://www.vistabootpro.org and probe it in a partition of your actually system

    • #2471665

      This will work

      by garyec ·

      In reply to restoring a laptop from Vista to XP?

      This link will give instructions on how to install XP on a pre-installed Vista machine.

      http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/install-windows-xp-on-your-pre-installed-windows-vista-computer/

      I have used the process successully on several machines. In order for this to work you will have to purchase a new Windows XP CD and you may have to download XP drivers for the hardware

    • #2471655

      Previous TechRepublic solution details . . .

      by older mycroft ·

      In reply to restoring a laptop from Vista to XP?

      • #2470618

        one main issue

        by daz’n’ash ·

        In reply to Previous TechRepublic solution details . . .

        The owner of the said laptop with Windows Vista Business installed on it has mainly one issue with it. That being the autocomplete feature doesn’t seem to be working in Windows Mail even though all the settings to enable it are checked. Any suggestions?

    • #2471639

      new copy

      by v10charlie ·

      In reply to restoring a laptop from Vista to XP?

      you can still get oem copies from many internet companies such as new egg and tiger direct, legal copies of xp pro are selling for around $130.00 + or – a few

      you need to format and install a clean copy.
      i have done this for my own family memebers who suffer the same problem due to kids in school needing xp and office 2003 for home work still. as many schools have not added the patch allowing 2003 to read 2007 office programs.

    • #2661252

      How-To upgrade from Vista to XP

      by vw feature ·

      In reply to restoring a laptop from Vista to XP?

      Short overview-
      1) Get XP drivers for your laptop
      2) Get Service Pack 3 for XP
      3) Get NLite, 7-Zip and EasyBCD
      4) Get XP install disks and a COA
      5) XCopy XP install files to C:\WXP
      6) Extract XP drivers to C:\WXP\DRIVERS
      7) Copy Addon files to C:\WXP\Add
      8) Run NLite to make custom boot iso image
      9) Burn the iso image to a DVD or CD
      10) Shrink your Vista partition
      11) Put new DVD in new laptop and reboot
      12) Enter the BIOS
      13) DISABLE native SATA support
      14) Save your BIOS settings
      15) Boot from DVD
      16) Install XP in unpartitioned space
      17) Install EasyBCD to XP
      18) Install .NET 2 if not already done
      19) Run EasyBCD to restore dual boot
      20) Compare performance in Vista and XP
      21) Contribute to the folks who created NLite and EasyBCD!
      (I am not related to them in any way.)

      Expanded where needed:

      1) Get XP drivers for your laptop
      2) Get Service Pack 3 for XP
      3) Get NLite, 7-Zip and EasyBCD
      4) Get XP install disks and a COA
      5) XCopy XP install files to C:\WXP
      XCopy copies directories and all the files in them. For arcane DOS reasons, copy XCopy and rename the copy MCopy (Google it if you want to know why.) Then use the /v switch to verify the copy, /H to copy hidden and system files, /E to copy directories and subdirectories, /K to retain attributes, e.g., read only . So assuming your DVD/CD drive is G:, you want to open a DOS window, and type (upper/lower case is ignored):
      MCopy G:\*.* C:\WXP /V /H /E /K

      This will take a while.

      6) Extract XP drivers to C:\WXP\DRIVERS
      (You may need to install 7-Zip)
      7) Copy Addon files to C:\WXP\Add
      8) Run NLite to make custom boot iso image
      9) Burn the iso image to a DVD or CD

      Help here:
      http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/G/NeoSmart+Technologies+Guides

      Get NLite! http://www.nliteos.com/guide/
      It will let you install service packs, drivers, and ADDONS for other software like FireFox, Thunderbird, AVG Antivirus AUTOMATICALLY during the install of the operating system! This will save you hours of installation time!!

      There are GREAT instructions for installing XP with Vista at the EasyBCD site: http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Installing+XP+After+Vista

      If, like most new PCs, you have a SATA drive, you need to load SATA drivers and DISABLE NATIVE SATA support in the BIOS. XP will *not* install properly otherwise. Get the drivers for your SATA drive from the website of the manufacturer of the chipset. (Look up your machine on the manufacturer’s site, see who makes the video controller, and go there to get the newest drivers. Ditto for the video card.)

      Download your new drivers into (for example) C:\WXP\drivers
      If some of the drivers are .exe files, they may not run if you’re not on the new machine. They check the hardware, and if it doesn’t match, say so & won’t run. To set up from another machine, get 7-Zip which can extract drivers from .exe files. Extract the drivers, figure out (from info on the manufacturer’s site) which ones match your new hardware. If possible, you don’t want to install similar but incorrect drivers.

      If you have service packs, move them to the \WXP\SP folder.
      Using NLite, prepare a custom boot iso with all the drivers, service packs, and other software you’re going to want. Addons for other software can be found on the NLite site:
      http://www.nliteos.com/addons/
      and here
      http://www.msfn.org/board/Application-Add-Ons-f132.html
      http://www.msfn.org/board/Addon-list-t77509.html
      http://www.msfn.org/board/Index-addons-31-01-2008-t85566.html

      10) Shrink your Vista partition
      In Vista-
      Control panel
      Administrative tools
      Computer management
      Storage
      Disk Management

      (Assuming you have one big disk, which usually has a big Vista partition and a relatively small recover partition on it.) Select the big partition and right click, choose shrink volume, accept max shrink.

      After a few minutes, you should see a smaller Vista partition and unpartitioned space. You can leave this as is for now.

      11) Put new DVD in new laptop and reboot
      12) Enter the BIOS!!
      13) DISABLE native SATA support!!
      14) Save your BIOS settings
      15) Boot from DVD
      16) Install XP in unpartitioned space

      This will take about an hour or two.
      Boot into XP. Vista will be unavailable until you run EasyBCD.
      (Firefox should have been installed to get stuff from the web if you’re missing it.)
      17) Install EasyBCD in XP
      18) Install .NET 2 if not already done
      19) Run EasyBCD to restore dual boot
      Instructions here:
      http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Recovering+the+Vista+Bootloader+with+EasyBCD

      20) Compare performance in Vista and XP
      21) Contribute to the folks who created NLite and EasyBCD!!
      They just saved you hours of installing software and breaking your head learning to navigate bootloaders!

      • #2661231

        WOW

        by computercookie ·

        In reply to How-To upgrade from Vista to XP

        what a lot of typing to post an outcome that wasn’t requested!

        What made you dig this up if you’ve already achieved what “YOU” wanted to achieve?

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