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Downgrading to xp


Need quick help with taking a preloaded version of vista off the computer and putting a new version of xp professional on.

will go through the boot from cd guide and format the partition but after the installation process and reboot the computer won't continue through the rest of the process.

Am i missing something?

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You did this right:
1.Boot from XP disk
2.Deleted partitions
3.Installed XP on the new partition
4.Installs but then wont go through the rest of the process?


Posted on Oct 18, 2007

  • Cameron Bradford
    Cameron Bradford Oct 18, 2007

    If they aren't needed.

    When I reformat my PC i usually do.

    1 thing I did wrong was when I first got my PC it came with 3 partitions:
    1.-The OS.
    2.Media Direct (play movies,mmusic,etc...)
    3.A recovery console

    I delete all 3, so now I no longer can use the 2,and the 3. But I reinstalled the first.

    With yours you need to know what your deleting, I guess if you dno't care its fine to just delete all of them, and install the OS on there.



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