1)You'll need to go to your laptop manufacturer's website and download any drivers that you find for it.
2) Backup your data to dvd, cd or external drive
3) Insert the Windows CD in the tray and boot to the CD.
4) Proceed through the screens and until you're copy of XP is installed.
5)Reload your drivers
6)Reload your data
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You can install xp on a vista laptop, you will need an xp install cd and you will need to backup your data (it will be erased in the downgrade process). As for the drivers, go to your laptops manufactures site. They will have a support section for your laptop model where you can see if there are drivers for xp. If you have the hardware that will support windows 7, I would go with that. Xp is slow and no longer supported by Microsoft as of April 2014, which poses a security risk. Windows 7 will be supported for a while and is faster and more stable than xp or vista.
Hi ccharlescart , Welcome to FixYa! How are you doing? You did not specify the operating system you are using (whether Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7). If you are using Windows XP, I suggest you reformat the Hard Drive and install a fresh copy of Windows XP. But if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can download a language pack that will allow you to change the language to English. By the way. Windows 7 starter edition does not have an option to change the language. Hope it helps. Thank you for using FixYa!
format it using vista and then dont proceed to install the vista operating system.Then remove the vista disk and insert the xp disk and restart or boot from the xp cd If you think this solution helps you then your token of appreciation in the form of Rating and a testimonial will be esteemed. Thank you and Keep Visiting FixYa!
You need a windows Vista disc. Insert the disc and follow the prompts. I would format the hard drive instead of upgrading do a new install. The best way would be to go into your bios and make sure the boot device order has the cd-rom booting before the hard drive. Then put the disc in and start the computer, when it says press any key to boot from cd hit any key and let it load and then follow the prompts to install.
well....... just install xp, delet old partition with vista then goto vista dsk and reinstall drivers or the cpu will be unstable pay attention!!!!!!!! after you do this step MAKE SURE YOUR ONLINE OR HAVE ACCESS. do not install programs until xp is stable. the way to get stable is buy, download sys32 or 64 if you see x86 this is the best app and or sys config that will allow stabilty between to o.s. in FACT! i just done the oppisite of what your doing. so know i do for all and any o.s. whether laptop or desk top! did you vista has the xp features and apps in it? however you have to comb the whole system. if you can get me your proccesser speed and name i can give you some more facts.
you need to reformat the hard drive and then install XP.
to do this you will need to insert the xp disk and then reboot the computer/laptop. when prompted you will need to delete the existing partition and then create a new one. reformat the partition and install xp. you will need a valid XP code to do this.
Their are many good guides to formating and installing xp on the internet.
Your laptop should have come with a recovery disk, you will need to boot to that disk following the onscreen steps for formatting and restoring the operating system files. Furthermore, if your system did not come with a recovery disk, or you have a Windows XP/Vista disk you can boot to that instead.
Windows XP Install:
After the installation system boots, the setup prompt will prompt you for searching the system for previously installed versions of Windows; bypass the recovery option after the search is complete. The setup will then display a list of Hard Drives to install Windows; follow the key for deleting the partition (press "D" to delete). Once the partition has been deleted highlight the "free hard drive space" and press "Enter" then you will be prompted to format the drive and install Windows. Moreover, you should right down the Windows Product Key off the sticker on the bottom of your laptop; you'll be asked for that key after the setup restarts your computer assuming you are using that license for that version of Windows.
Windows Vista Install:
When you boot to the Vista DVD you will be prompted to enter the product key as soon as the setup loads. Select the Hard Drive with the mouse, then left-click the format button on the right pane. Continue with the installation.
You cannot uninstall Windows Vista, but you can reinstall your previous operating system, which then replaces Windows Vista. To reinstall your old operating system, you must have the original installation disc. Back up your programs and files, insert the installation disc into your computer, and then reinstall the old operating system. To regain the hard disk space used by Windows Vista, reformat the disk during the reinstallation process. After reinstalling your previous operating system, reinstall your programs and files.