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Switching to vista

I install windows vista in my computer now it's screwing me up because i am using my cd to restore my computer and it doesn't allow me to.

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  • andrea lea isip Mar 25, 2007

    mitco i try to do it but it says "os driver incompatible" and "blocked", itr doesn't recognize too.

  • andrea lea isip Mar 25, 2007

    i have a toshiba satellite A40? with intel celeron

  • andrea lea isip Mar 26, 2007

    ok i'll try that @mitco,tnx i'll post another message if it won't do it

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Im not sure what you mean by restoring. If you upgraded to vista the only way to go back to windows xp is to reformat your hard drive.

Posted on Mar 25, 2007

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    Mitch Cooper Mar 25, 2007

    Ok if what you want to do is restore windows xp from vista ill try and explain it as best as i can.

    Keep in mind your going to loose all the information so make a back up disk before you start.


    In order to do this you need the windows xp disk, if you do not have this disk it will be impossible to do this.

    This is where it gets tricky you need to get into your BIOS settings and change the boot order. This is how to do it, restart the computer and before you see the windows vista loading screen you need to press a designated key to enter the bios...some computer specify this as the DEL key, others F2. If you tell me what type of computer you have I can try and find out what key it is exactly. Some computers tell you what key to press to enter startup config. After you get into the Bios you need to look for Boot Order, you will see your hard drive in the first slot and other booting divces afterward. You need to set your primary (1st) boot device to your CDrom. Save your changes and with the windows xp disk inserted restart the computer.

    The disk should load up the main xp window where you will need to do a fresh install of xp by formating your hard disk (do the full format not the quick format). That is the step that will lose all your old information.

    Let the setup do its thing and after a bit (up to a couple hours) it should start up with xp installed and running.

    Hope This helped you out.

  • Mitch Cooper
    Mitch Cooper Mar 25, 2007

    I looked around for you and to enter your bios you need to press escape on the first screen you see and keep tapping it till it opens the setup.

    If that dont work someone also said it maybe the F2 key so try that one if the escape doesnt work.

    After your in your bios look for the boot order and change it like I suggested in the last post...then it will force the computer to boot off the cd instead of the harddrive.

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