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Want to remove Win Vista and install Win XP on two computers

I have a Sony Vaio and an Acer Aspire 5100 with windows vista on them and would like to remove it to install win XP. I have the boot disk but the vista system will not let me install it from bios boot or regular boot. "Version of windows on computer is newer than version on cd" displays on screen. How do I get around this problem?

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  • bryanfoshee Jan 26, 2009

    I didn't think anybody used doss since windows came out. I don't have or know where to get a hold of one. I don't even have a computer with floppy drive anymore. bryanfoshee@yahoo.com

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Have or can you get a win 95/98 disk...
these disks utilize the dos enviroment...
when you boot with them you can easily get in the dos platform (c://prompt)
once there type in fdisk and follow instructions.
you can also do this from usb ..you need to make usb bootable first.
you may be able to use xp disk and choose repair which will take you to the dos prompt.
you may be able to format hd with vista disk and before it start to install files interrupt it(remove disk)
not advisable though.
if you want program to create bootable usb let me know.
I'll need youre email address to send via attachment.

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    tat4u Jan 26, 2009

    ok just a few points..every version of windows uses dos ...computers cannot do anything without dos... its not called dos anymore but its still dos.when you enter repair in xp ur in dos...

    when u select command prompt in windows ur in a simulated/emulated dos ver.

    I think youre relating to the dos gui which is unheard of now since dos 7.after dos 7 was dosver integrated into windows.when u open a shell its dos .most linux users run almost everything in dos platforms.I myself run certain dos programs within windows but ur limited which is why I also have backtrack live cd.

    have you heard of a software package called spotmau.it will boot at start and offer many utilities to use ..remove bios passwords,recover hd,reformat hd to mention just a few ;;;if you want a copy send email and I'll give you link( vista compatable by the way if you want to install wincares in vista)dont suppose you do but it will format youre drive to install xp.

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