What are the processes involved in installing xp windows replacing vista?

By hkoloura ·
What are the processes involved in removing windows vista and installing windows xp? Can anyone give me the steps involved?

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Well the very first thing you should do is to Open the Device Manager

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to What are the processes in ...

And make a list of all the Hardware int his system. Then Google the Net for XP Drivers for all of it. If you are unable to find a XP Driver for any item then that is unsupported under XP and that device will not be usable.

Not a big problem if it's a Web Cam but it's a lot different if this is a NB and the Touch Pad isn't supported.

Also if this is a System Builders Computer you can search their Web Site and see if they provide XP Drivers for it.

You also need a Licensed Copy of XP to load so that you do not get hit for Piracy from M$.

Then once you are certain that you have the right Drivers available you should download these to some Temporary Storage Device. Also at the same time Backup all your Data from this system and make sure that if it has a Recovery Partition on it that you contact it's maker for a Recovery Set which you may require latter.

Then use something like Boot & Nuke or Kill Disc to wipe the HDD. As these Utilities wipe the entire HDD any Recovery Partition will be destroyed so you need to be certain that you know what it is you are doing and that you really need XP. Boot & Nuke is available free here

Kill Disc is available free here

While Boot & Nuke does a better job of wiping the HDD Kill Disc may be easier to use particularly if there is a SATA HDD involved. Please Note both of these utilities treat the entire HDD as 1 Partition and Do Not address individual HDD Partitions they will destroy the data on the entire drive when you run them. SO you need your Data Backed up and you also need to acquire any Recovery Sets that may be available for your system.

Then once you have a Blank HDD drop your XP Install Disc into the Optical Drive and start the Process. Depending on your individual computer you may need to install Specialized Drivers for the HDD or you may find it easier to make a Slipstreamed Install Disc with any Drivers included as well as Service Packs and Hot Fixes. To do this the easy way you can use nLite available free here


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Prepare Vista Recovery media first.

by 1bn0 In reply to What are the processes in ...

Yes you want to get rid of Vista. But you should make sure you can go back if it doesn't work.

If the computer has the option, make recovery disks.

If not, Image the system to an external storage device.

You can install it and makean image right from within Windows. Don't forget to makethe bootable recovery disk as well if you are using this program.

Other than that follow Oh Smeg's advise.

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Just sticking my nose in.

by Ron K. In reply to What are the processes in ...

A fresh installation of Vista is unaffected but upgrading XP to Vista voids the XP license and you can't go back. One of many links:

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Check this easy way

by pcs365_1 In reply to What are the processes in ...

Hi hkoloura,

I understand you would like to remove Windows Vista and replace it with Windows XP. In order to replace Vista with XP, you should have the following tools :

i) A copy of or your original XP installation disk
ii) A boot disk which can be downloaded from
iii) A back-up of all your important files that you would like to keep from the transfer.

--During this process, you will be reformatting the hard drive, so you will lose all data that is stored on the hard drive.--

For those that upgraded their computer from XP to Vista and would like to revert back to XP, here are the instructions to follow:

a) Insert your Windows XP installation disk in the CD ROM drive once the computer starts up.

The Windows XP setup screen will appear. Choose R (to repair an existing installation)

b) You will now type the command: fixboot C (Please note the letter C is the drive which Vista is loaded onto. If Vista is loaded on another drive, use the corresponding letter)

c) Enter the command - fixmbr C

d) Now type EXIT

Once Exit is typed, close the XP setup.

Now restart your computer with the boot disk that was downloaded from

As your boot disk loads, type the following command: format C (Please note, this command reformats the hard drive and all files on this hard drive will be erased. Make sure to back up all files before executing this command.

Now that the reformatting of your hard drive is complete, Insert your Windows XP installation CD and restart the computer.
Your Windows XP Installation CD should load up as normal. To finish the process, follow the prompts and install Windows XP as usual. At the completion of this step, Windows Vista will be successfully removed and Windows XP will be successful reinstalled on your computer.

For more information on replacing vista with XP read this article.

Do post the results (if working or not)


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Upgrading to XP from Vista invalidates the XP key.

by Ron K. In reply to Check this easy way

From Vista's EULA:

13. UPGRADES. To use upgrade software, you must first be licensed for the software that is eligible for the upgrade. Upon upgrade, this agreement takes the place of the agreement for the software you upgraded from. After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from.

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