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Vista upgrade I tried to upgrade to vista and ran the software. The box that it came in tore as I was opening it and I ruined the serial number. Now I'm stuck. I can't get back to XP and I can't go forward with Vista. How do I remove Vista and bring back XP or how do I figure out the serial number? I called Microsoft and they told me to buy a new one. lol

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  • msorgen3 Sep 06, 2008

    That was the first thing I tried, but it's either not reading the cd drawer first, or ignoring it. I pressed F10 but I don't have an option to have it read from CD first.

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If your main goal is to remove Vista and install XP, then the straight dope is to format your drive and reinstall XP. In this case, you will need your XP installation cd (with the serial #, of course) or an MS-DOS boot floppy or cd that you can get from the internet (check www.bootdisk.com). Have your PC boot on the the ms-dos boot disk or to your XP installation CD. If you are using the XP installation CD, just press R to repair existing installation. You will be given a command line. When you are already logged on (i.e. c:> appears), type "format c:" NOTE: make sure you have backed up your important data before doing this. Once it's done, you can restart the computer and boot again on the installation cd and install as normal. Note that C: here refers to the drive where Vista is installed. It can be any letter, depending on your setup. I'm afraid I can't help you with getting Vista back, because the serial number is the most essential part of the installation. You can grab any copy of Vista, but without the serial, it's useless.

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    Arvin Magaway Sep 06, 2008

    you need to set your BIOS to boot from CD first. you can try to press DEL, or F2 or F11, or some other keys to enter setup menu (look for a message that says press something to enter setup), then change the boot priority so that the CD will boot first. Only then will the PC boot from CD.

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