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If the laptop was "designed for Vista" or "designed for Windows 7", then it's quite likely that the manufacturer did *NOT* create any device-drivers for Windows XP. Thus, you'll be missing support for your LCD screen, your wired/wireless network adapters, your USB-ports, and so on.
Note that Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP Service Pack 2 as of July 15 this year (2010). So, trying to install an "unsupported" operating-system is *NOT* a good idea.
Stick with the operating system that was shipped with the computer.
Here is how to Install them so they work.
Download your XP driver you wish to install. If it's in a zip/rar file then extract it to your desktop.
You should have a simple .exe file sitting on your desktop to install the drivers, as normal for XP.
Right click the .exe file and select "Properties".
Then select the tab called "Compatibility"
Now check the box next to "Run this program in compatibility mode for:"
Make sure "Windows XP Service Pack 2" is highlighted.
Now apply the settings and run the installer.
This should work for most drivers, but not all. make
sure you install and run all.any programs as Administrator.
you can still install windows XP on your laptop. If you are worrying about the recovery disk, all you have to do to secure your important files. About the driver?, you can download it. Anyway you can still use the CD utility of your computer and still install it.