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how do I remove Vista and install xp instead

  1. #1


    Ladybug Guest

    how do I remove Vista and install xp instead

    I have seen lots of advice here for people that upgraded to Vista and then
    wanted to go back to XP. My question is how do I take Vista out of a
    computer that wasn't upgraded from xp at all. I bought my Dell about a week
    ago with Vista already on it and I want to put use xp instead, so do I have
    to wipe the hard drive completely or, just install xp and just use xp from
    now on, what are my options and the best way to do it? I looked on MS
    website for info. Are there any links one of you might have that I can get
    help from? Thanks

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  3. #2


    robert.stojanov@gmail.com Guest

    Re: how do I remove Vista and install xp instead

    On Aug 7, 9:56 am, Ladybug <Lady...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > I have seen lots of advice here for people that upgraded to Vista and then
    > wanted to go back to XP. My question is how do I take Vista out of a
    > computer that wasn't upgraded from xp at all. I bought my Dell about a week
    > ago with Vista already on it and I want to put use xp instead, so do I have
    > to wipe the hard drive completely or, just install xp and just use xp from
    > now on, what are my options and the best way to do it? I looked on MS
    > website for info. Are there any links one of you might have that I can get
    > help from? Thanks


    Well first you have to know that if your Vista is an OEM and if you go
    to X your license will gone, that's for sure.
    To transfer to XP but your Boot CD XP and boot from it. Trough the
    install process u have to choose to format the drive I assume that u
    have only one drive without the partitions. Format the drive and
    install the XP. This works )


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  4. #3


    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: how do I remove Vista and install xp instead

    Hi,

    XP cannot install to a Vista formatted volume due to minor changes in the
    implementation of NTFS, so what you will need is a clean install. First,
    you'll need a full version disk of XP with Product Key, then boot the system
    with the CD and start setup. At the point where you choose the installation
    location, delete the existing system partition/volume. Then create a new one
    from the free space, format it (quick format is ok here), and proceed to
    install. Some caveats:

    a) All data and programs that currently exist on the drive will be erased by
    the above actions. Backup data to removable media (do not use Vista's backup
    program, just copy data). Programs will need to be reinstalled from their
    original installation media - something you may not have with a preinstalled
    system.

    b) Dell will likely not support the machine in this state without downgrade
    rights, and you should also check that they can supply supporting drivers
    for all the hardware under XP as some of it may not be native to an XP
    retail disk. Dell will likely require you to put Vista back on for any
    warranty service. You may want to check with Dell to see if downgrade rights
    are available to you as this would allow you to obtain an XP disk from them
    that supports the machine's hardware and not invalidate the warranty.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com

    "Ladybug" <Ladybug@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:70D5382F-FFFE-49C3-903D-95D010D21B3D@microsoft.com...
    >I have seen lots of advice here for people that upgraded to Vista and then
    > wanted to go back to XP. My question is how do I take Vista out of a
    > computer that wasn't upgraded from xp at all. I bought my Dell about a
    > week
    > ago with Vista already on it and I want to put use xp instead, so do I
    > have
    > to wipe the hard drive completely or, just install xp and just use xp from
    > now on, what are my options and the best way to do it? I looked on MS
    > website for info. Are there any links one of you might have that I can get
    > help from? Thanks



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  5. #4


    mikeyhsd Guest

    Re: how do I remove Vista and install xp instead

    first ting to do is to talk to dell on their policy on downgrading.
    they may not have drivers.
    they may no longer provide support.

    if you are satisfied that you can proceed. here is a link to a ms article on downgrading.
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=933168&SD=tech



    mikeyhsd@comcast.net



    "Ladybug" <Ladybug@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:70D5382F-FFFE-49C3-903D-95D010D21B3D@microsoft.com...
    I have seen lots of advice here for people that upgraded to Vista and then
    wanted to go back to XP. My question is how do I take Vista out of a
    computer that wasn't upgraded from xp at all. I bought my Dell about a week
    ago with Vista already on it and I want to put use xp instead, so do I have
    to wipe the hard drive completely or, just install xp and just use xp from
    now on, what are my options and the best way to do it? I looked on MS
    website for info. Are there any links one of you might have that I can get
    help from? Thanks

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    Ladybug Guest

    Re: how do I remove Vista and install xp instead



    "Rick Rogers" wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > XP cannot install to a Vista formatted volume due to minor changes in the
    > implementation of NTFS, so what you will need is a clean install. First,
    > you'll need a full version disk of XP with Product Key, then boot the system
    > with the CD and start setup. At the point where you choose the installation
    > location, delete the existing system partition/volume. Then create a new one
    > from the free space, format it (quick format is ok here), and proceed to
    > install. Some caveats:
    >
    > a) All data and programs that currently exist on the drive will be erased by
    > the above actions. Backup data to removable media (do not use Vista's backup
    > program, just copy data). Programs will need to be reinstalled from their
    > original installation media - something you may not have with a preinstalled
    > system.
    >
    > b) Dell will likely not support the machine in this state without downgrade
    > rights, and you should also check that they can supply supporting drivers
    > for all the hardware under XP as some of it may not be native to an XP
    > retail disk. Dell will likely require you to put Vista back on for any
    > warranty service. You may want to check with Dell to see if downgrade rights
    > are available to you as this would allow you to obtain an XP disk from them
    > that supports the machine's hardware and not invalidate the warranty.
    >
    > --
    > Best of Luck,
    >
    > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    > My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com




    Thank you for the advice, I wasn't even thinking about the warranty. I'm
    glad you guys mentioned that. I love Vista, but my husband isn't sure about
    it so that's why I was asking. I'd rather keep Vista on here so it's better
    for me. hehe




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    Michael Solomon Guest

    Re: how do I remove Vista and install xp instead



    "Ladybug" <Ladybug@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:7F92D6ED-2B3C-4258-8D57-9E8875A33B0A@microsoft.com...
    >
    > Thank you for the advice, I wasn't even thinking about the warranty. I'm
    > glad you guys mentioned that. I love Vista, but my husband isn't sure
    > about
    > it so that's why I was asking. I'd rather keep Vista on here so it's
    > better
    > for me. hehe
    >
    >
    >

    Well, now that we have all the facts, I think you should ask your husband,
    if he thinks men are smarter or otherwise superior to women, why then can he
    not figure out how to use Vista when you can??? I'll bet he'll want to use
    Vista too, after you put that question to him!<VBG>

    --
    Michael Solomon
    Backup is a PC user's best friend
    DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/


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  8. #7


    deano Guest

    Re: how do I remove Vista and install xp instead


    hello i wonder if any body can help me.
    im a student, i use a new dell inspiron 1501 with XP on it
    a friend of mine gave me a copy of vista his dad had bought him and said try
    it i did it installed fine appart from i had to upgrade something to grt the
    little red cross over your sound thingy.
    anyway obvious problem i dont have a product key, i dont really want to do
    an illeagal hack and i cant afford a key so i would like to go back to the
    way things where. i cant do system restore because vista loses them on
    install.
    i dont have an XP CD however i do have my XP product key on a sticker on the
    bottom of my laptop.
    how can i go back? will i lose anything?

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    Michael Solomon Guest

    Re: how do I remove Vista and install xp instead



    "deano" <deano@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:EF51BC65-7EB0-40D5-BF9A-F8C916914A1D@microsoft.com...
    >
    > hello i wonder if any body can help me.
    > im a student, i use a new dell inspiron 1501 with XP on it
    > a friend of mine gave me a copy of vista his dad had bought him and said
    > try
    > it i did it installed fine appart from i had to upgrade something to grt
    > the
    > little red cross over your sound thingy.
    > anyway obvious problem i dont have a product key, i dont really want to do
    > an illeagal hack and i cant afford a key so i would like to go back to the
    > way things where. i cant do system restore because vista loses them on
    > install.
    > i dont have an XP CD however i do have my XP product key on a sticker on
    > the
    > bottom of my laptop.
    > how can i go back? will i lose anything?

    You can't go back without wiping your system but you can at least save your
    data files to some removable media before going back. As to XP, if your
    Dell didn't come with a CD, it should have come with a recovery procedure
    that would restore to factory fresh condition; you'll need to check your
    documentation or see if you can find information on the Dell website for the
    procedure for your model.

    --
    Michael Solomon
    Backup is a PC user's best friend
    DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/


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    Tim Guest

    Re: how do I remove Vista and install xp instead

    deano wrote:
    > hello i wonder if any body can help me.
    > im a student, i use a new dell inspiron 1501 with XP on it
    > a friend of mine gave me a copy of vista his dad had bought him and said try
    > it i did it installed fine appart from i had to upgrade something to grt the
    > little red cross over your sound thingy.
    > anyway obvious problem i dont have a product key, i dont really want to do
    > an illeagal hack and i cant afford a key so i would like to go back to the
    > way things where. i cant do system restore because vista loses them on
    > install.
    > i dont have an XP CD however i do have my XP product key on a sticker on the
    > bottom of my laptop.
    > how can i go back? will i lose anything?

    You really should have started a new thread. More people will read it.

    Guess you have learned a lesson about using unlicensed software. If you
    knew you couldn't afford it, why did you do it in the first place?

    I have purchased many Dell PCs over the years and have *always* received
    Windows CDs with them. I would first check again to see if you have
    tucked it away someplace "safe".

    If you can't find it, contact Dell and ask if they can sell you a
    replacement disk. Or perhaps you have a friend with another Dell Windows
    XP PC who has not lost track of their Windows XP re-install disk. You
    could borrow their CD and install using your XP product key.

    Either way, you need to acquire (legally) a Dell Windows XP install disk
    in case you need to re-install again at a later date.

    Tim

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    Tim Guest

    Re: how do I remove Vista and install xp instead

    deano wrote:
    > hello i wonder if any body can help me.
    > im a student, i use a new dell inspiron 1501 with XP on it
    > a friend of mine gave me a copy of vista his dad had bought him and said try
    > it i did it installed fine appart from i had to upgrade something to grt the
    > little red cross over your sound thingy.
    > anyway obvious problem i dont have a product key, i dont really want to do
    > an illeagal hack and i cant afford a key so i would like to go back to the
    > way things where. i cant do system restore because vista loses them on
    > install.
    > i dont have an XP CD however i do have my XP product key on a sticker on the
    > bottom of my laptop.
    > how can i go back? will i lose anything?


    ....forgot to answer your last questions.

    How can you go back? Find your Windows XP CD, put it in your CD-ROM
    drive, boot from the CD and follow the prompts. You will want to format
    the partition and install a "clean" copy of Windows. If you need more
    extensive instructions, Google it...there are plenty of "how-to" web
    sites that even include screen shots of the entire process. Something
    tells me you will need that.

    By "anything" I assume you mean your data (documents, music, pictures,
    etc.). No, you will not lose anything as long as you backup said data to
    some external device (USB external hard drive or CD) *prior* to
    installing Windows XP. If you do not backup your data, then, yes, you
    will lose everything.

    Tim

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