My nfriend has a compaq laptop with athlon processor. he had xp on it but decided to install vista. activation was attempted and it said it was not a legal copy. he formatted the hard drive and now it wont let him install xp. ntldr is missing and it wont boot from a genuine xp disc. what to do???
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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.
Minimum System Requirements OS – Windows XP or Windows Vista Processor – 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster* (Vista) Memory – 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista) Video Card –256 MB** Hard Drive – 12GB Sound Card – DirectX 9.0c compatible * Supported Processors: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista) or faster. ** Supported chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT or greater; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Integrated chipsets are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required. Recommended System Requirements OS – Windows XP / Vista Processor – Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Memory – 2.0 GB RAM GPU – NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar
I am sorry but I have to say Vista is probably not the Operating System for your laptop. I decided to downgrade my Toshiba A135-S2276 to Windows XP (click here for an article about that) and it has been running 20 times better ever since. Windows Vista requires at least 2GB of ram, a fast processor and a good graphics card to run correctly, you'll be happier with XP.