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Formatting me have vista operating system.but i like windows xp no possible put xp?

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Format hard drive


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To "format C" means to format the the C drive, or the primary partition that Windows or your other operating system is installed on. When you format C, you erase the operating system and other information on the C drive.
However, it's not a straightforward process to format C. You can't format the C drive like you can format another drive in Windows because you're within Windows when you perform the format. To format C from within Windows would be like lifting a chair in the air while sitting on it - you can't do it.
The solution is to format C from outside of Windows, meaning you need a way to format a drive from somewhere other than your Windows installation. The easiest way to do this is to boot to an operating system (with formatting abilities) from a CD/DVD/BD drive, flash drive, or floppy drive.
This might all sound very complicated but it's actually quite easy to format C. Below are 5 completely free ways to format your C drive:
Note: If you're trying to format your C drive because you want to replace or reinstall Windows, you do not need to format C ahead of time. Formatting is done automatically during the Windows installation. Skip this article entirely and instead see How To Clean Install Windows.
Important: Formatting your C drive does not permanently erase the data on the drive. If you want to completely erase the information on the C drive, see Option 5 below, Wipe the Drive Clean With Data Destruction Software.
1. Format C From a Windows Setup Disc
The easiest way to format C is by completing part of a Windows installation. It's not easiest as far as number of steps goes, but since most of us have a Windows Setup DVD lying around, we have easy access to a means to format drives outside of Windows.
Important: You can only format C this way using a Windows 7 Setup disc or a Windows Vista Setup disc.
However, it doesn't at all matter what Windows operating system is on your C drive, including Windows XP. The only requirement is the disc you use to format C - either a Windows 7 or a Windows Vista Setup DVD. Feel free to borrow a friend's disc if you'd like to try this method but you only have Windows XP... or some other operating system.
2. Format C From a System Repair Disc
If you don't have access to a Windows Setup DVD, but you do still have access to a working copy of Windows 7, you can create a System Repair Disc and then boot to that disc and format C from there.
You can only format C using a System Repair Disc if you have access to Windows 7 to create the System Repair Disc. If you don't have access to Windows 7, find someone who does and create the repair disc from their computer.
Note: A System Repair Disc created from Windows 7 can format a C drive that has any Windows operating system on it, including Windows XP or Windows Vista.
3. Format C From Recovery Console
If you have a Windows XP Setup CD, you can format C from the Recovery Console.
The biggest caveat here is that you must also have Windows XP installed on your C drive. However, if you don't have access to Windows 7 or Windows Vista, this option may be your best to format C.
This Recovery Console method to format C also applies to Windows 2000. Recovery Console does not exist in Windows Vista or later, nor does it exist in Windows ME, Windows 98, or earlier.

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I NEED TO FORMAT MY HARD DRIVE ON MY DELL LATITUDE D810 LAPTOP I HAVE VISTA HOME BASIC OPERATING SYSTEM NOW AND I WANT TO PUT WINDOWS XP ON MY LAPTOP INSTEAD. I NEED STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS IF POSSIBLE....


If you change your operating system to Win Xp, you will loose your camera, dvd burner and possibly your ethernet controllers to get on the internet. Win Xp does not support them. Are you sure you want to do it anyway? If so, all you have to do is put the Win Xp disk inside the cd/dvd player on the pc and restart it. You will see "press any key to boot from cd". Press a key to follow the prompts and keep hitting the continue or next prompt until finished.

Sep 26, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Hay! my laptop is toshiba satellite A135 s4527 home vista. but i run my laptop with oprating system windows XP2. how it possible. please help me


Hello and welcome to fixya.

In your case, im assuming you refer to the "Vista sticker" that is on the laptop. If a computer is vista-compatible this doesn't mean that it is not able to run older Operating Systems (such as Windows XP SP2) as well.

The sticker on the laptop just referes to the type of Operating System that came pre-installed with it. Now if you bought the laptop and asked your salesman for a DOWNGRADE TO XP Operating System or if this is what he understood then it will probably come with Windows XP instead of Vista Home.

This also applies if you are working for a company in which case the company's IT Department will decide what type of Operating System is to be installed on this computer.

Overall: Newer computers/laptop models that support Windows Vista can also run Windows XP

ALSO: Check for the OEM sticker in the back of the laptop or bottom (it looks like THIS for XP or THIS for windows vista Home Premium). This determines whether you can use a vista DVD to upgrade your computer later from XP to Vista.

If you have any more questions just let me know.


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Apr 13, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How are you, expert i m just wondering that i try to downgrade my dell notebook, that the os is vista, to windows xp. but i cant install xp instead. i want to reset it to the factory or reset to vista....


if you have windows xp bootable cd boot with that and format your system and install windows xp operating system .but before doing formating take backup of your impotant data and download the driver for laptop windows xp compatible.

Hope this helps. Please rate my response.
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Acer ASPIRE 6530


You cannot uninstall Windows Vista, but you can reinstall your previous operating system, which then replaces Windows Vista. To reinstall your old operating system, you must have the original installation disc. Back up your programs and files, insert the installation disc into your computer, and then reinstall the old operating system. To regain the hard disk space used by Windows Vista, reformat the disk during the reinstallation process. After reinstalling your previous operating system, reinstall your programs and files.

More information is here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978788

You may want to consider upgrading rather than downgrading.

Jan 15, 2010 | Acer Aspire 6530-5143 Notebook PC

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Respect sir, i have bought your dv41124 nr laptop. in my laptop your hp member should be installed vista. but i don't know about vista family and i easily known about windows xp system. so, i want change...


Yes you can downgrade the Operating System to XP. After installing for drivers you need to download it from web Click Here to Download

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try to download belarc advisor software. Run this in your vista OS and send it to me so I can check your hardware specs. This is the only way to avoid problems in the future or before you start the formatting.

Dec 01, 2008 | HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook

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Operating system


first of all you will have to format your laptop cause when you have vista u cant install xp with it
u will have to install xp first and then install vista
about the driver u will have to do some settings in cmos setup and will have to change hdd type
that will solve your driver problem
so first install xp and then install vista
regarding drivers for xp u will have to visit hp website and chat with a online technical person and ask him to mail you the link for drivers for xp

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hi i have sony vaio VGN-NR-220E i want to know how i can format this system there vista operating i want Windows xp

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