On 6/30/06 8:51 AM, in article 77F0EDDC-14CE-4701-95B6-269EFAE13404@microsoft.com
> When I installed Windows Vista I did not upgrade my windows XP to Visa. I
> loaded a fresh version of Vista on my Dell E510 Pent 4. When I did this did
> I remove XP and it is lost forever? If not, how do I find XP on my system
> and uninstall Vista?
> Thanks for any assistance.
Let me ask a question...
Why in God's Name did you even install Vista when you didn't know how to
Microsoft prominently advises people NOT to install Vista on their working
computers without backing up their data and programs. Working with betas
ALWAYS leaves the possibility of losing your programs and data. That's the
nature of betas. If you didn't know this, you NEVER should have installed
That said, just put your XP install disk in the drive, and reboot your
computer. Strike a key when the Installer asks you to, then go through the
General principles for installing XP:
1) BACK UP YOUR DATA FIRST!!!
2) Insert Installer disk. Reboot with Installer disk in drive. Press
<ENTER> when Installer tells you to press a key to boot from CD (or dvd).
3) Delete all Os partitions you don't want.
3a) PARTITION HD with at least ONE 10GB+ PRIMARY partition, preferrably
4) FORMAT the partition you just created.
5) Start the installation.
6) Finish the installation.
7) Install all necessary drivers for your devices, including: Motherboard,
Video, Sound, network devices, mice, keyboard, printers, etc.
8) Install all your programs.
9) Install your backed up data.
10) Pray that all is well.
Hope this helps.
Donald L McDaniel
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