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you cannot downgrade operating system. thats the number 1 rule. what you can do there is try to perform a clean install of windows XP if you still want to use windows XP. Boot the computer from CDROM. by pressing F12 key from the time you power on the computer. setback is, everything you installed in vista will be erased.
Are you downgrading from 64bit Vista to 32bit Vista?
If so you will need to purchase the complete installation for 32bit Vista. You insert the disc into the computer, when it asks "press any key to boot CD" press any key, it will start the windows installation. Just continue through with everything. Be warned that this WILL erase all data off of the computer.
If you are trying to downgrade from Vista to XP you will need to find out if the manufacturer ever released drivers for XP for that model of computer. Most newer machines are not XP compatible anymore.
If you have all the Windows XP drivers for your PC, then it is not a problem to downgrade to Vista, although i will not advise downgrading, as Microsoft mentioned that they are only going to release the last Service Pack for XP, then there will be no more Service Packs for XP, and only Support for Vista.
You must make sure you have Everything backed up. THen you must make sure you have drivers for your computer that are compatable with XP. Many of the new computers do not have drivers available that are compatable with XP. These drivers include, but not exclusive to :
Audio, Lan, Video, USB, Media Reader, ect....
Sorry to inform you but you cant downgrade from vista to xp on this model I have found most systems that are designed to run vista lose several drivers when downgraded to xp.
the only solution that will restore drivers would be to reload vista by purchasing an upgrade version of vista (this allows an upgrade from xp to vista and will restore drivers only catch is your xp operating system must be xp home with sp2(service pack 2).
When you removed vista from your machine you actually downgraded by replacing the vista operating system with XP.