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Downgrade from Vista TO Xp

Can i downgrade from wista 32 bit to winxp on a p205 s8811 laptop

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  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    I just bought the new laptop toshiba satellite p250-s8811 with windows vista home Premiun pre-installed and I want to downgrade it to windowas vista

  • insanecobra8 Mar 05, 2009

    I can use some help.. I have a Toshiba P205-S8811. I downgraded from Vista Home to XP Pro... I can not find three drivers. Video , Wireless , and LAN. hAS ANYONE come accross comaptible drivers for these devices.

  • Ashok Sharma May 11, 2010

    Please tell me your laptop os is upgraded xp to vista. or it has already installed windows vista.

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Hi Bienana,

Steps must be taken in advance. Laptops are different from desktops. They have proprietary drivers that need to be available for boot or bad things happen. For example the CD-ROM won't be there any more. Then how will you load anything?

What you will have is a plastic rectangle that keeps asking for an operating system you can't install.

First, create a boot disk.
Second, create another boot disk.
Test them both. Make sure the CD works.

Now for some alternatives to formatting your hard drive.

Click here for a site thats offering Windows XP recovery CD's to those Vista owners that want XP. The offer is good through July 31, 2009.

Click here For the Toshiba site specifically for downgrading Vista to XP. It's a source for the drivers that inevitably don't get copied, what rights you have for which version and so on.

Both sites will give you some important insight before you take the plunge.

Mike

Posted on Dec 06, 2008

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    Justin Case Dec 09, 2008

    Dear Bienana,
    Some additional info and a few questions for you.



    1. Have you ever performed a clean install on a notebook or laptop?

    2. Do you know what a clean install is?

    3. Have you ever formatted a hard drive on a laptop?

    4. Why is it necessary to preserve proprietary software?

    5. Can you program in more than a dozen languages?

    6. Can you configure 50+ machines and get them networked for a national expo in under 48 hours?
    Back on topic:
    Have you attempted your downgrade yet?
    - If yes, How did it go?
    - If not, don't you think it a bit premature to dismiss a solution you haven't tried yet as irrelevant?

    I could have answered your question with a single word: YES.

    I could have mirrored the same energy you put into the question: YES, If done with the proper advanced preparation.

    But the 30+ years of programming experience I have told me that you could use more than a single syllable or a one liner.

    The truth is you can downgrade just about ANYTHING. Just installing any prior version will do it. On a Laptop though, if you make one wrong move or omit one step, you can end up with an expensive piece of plastic that has one trick. It will ask you to insert an operating system disk. And you won't be able to.

    I assumed you left unsaid that you would prefer a working machine and your data still accessible upon completion of your hypothetical downgrade.

    I also assumed you were unaware of the possibility of reducing your machine to a doorstop/wheel chock. The absence of any feedback on your part (except of course your generous rating) necessitated these assumptions.

    So I spent the time to find you two sources that are essential for you to meet that goal.


    • A recovery disk is a reverse upgrade. A DownGrade.

    • The exact Toshiba page to download proprietary drivers
    Maybe you remain unaware of the potential consequences of starting a procedure like this without planning it out.
    - Just about everyone answered your question as it was asked.

    Maybe you misunderstand the rating system?
    - FixYa means the solution fixed the problem. Too early to tell?
    - Helpful the minimal for constructive well thought out submissions, solved or not..
    - Thanks For Trying means that although an effort was made, that solution did not help fix the problem. (Premature at best)
    - Inappropriate means that the solution was either so far off base as to be laughable or it was profanely abusive. (Not the case)

    With nearly 200 Toshiba laptops (Satellite, Tecra, etc.) under my belt, do you think that somewhere along the line I might have picked up a thing or two?

    Having hindsight as to what can go wrong and the turmoil it can bring you compels the undeserved generosity being demonstrated here.

    So the choice is yours. I pay forward some of that knowledge knowing that if you use it correctly, you might come out of this with a functioning machine.

    If you ignore my posts and decide to format your hard drive for a clean XP install, chances are the profane abuse will be coming from you after the first automatic reboot.

    Good luck


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Yes you can downgrade to XP, check the driver download page here:

http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=DL&os=&category=&moid=1932631&rpn=
PSPB3U&modelFilter=P205-S8811&selCategory=3&selFamily=1073768663&selModel=1932631%7CPSPB3U

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The first thing to do is download all the XP DRIVERS You'LL need for the install before loading windows xp so when you install xp you have drivers for the network card :() i run a local shop i see it every week people reinstall windows to find the do have the drivers and cant access the internet to download .. the drivers they need after installing xp on some computers

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No, u ave to format your system for such downgrading.

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Yes you can downgrade from Vista to XP, you just need a XP installation CD and reformat the computer to load XP on it and that should be it....

Posted on Dec 01, 2008

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