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I wnat to reformat my com from window vista to window xp, i have the CD for window xp how can i do that

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Firstly try to save all drivers of your laptop in visitng your C-Drive....insert CD follow instructions accordingly.....do not select upgrade, select new installation of Operating system....

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Best way is boot to the VISTA DVD and delete the NTFS partition. Once you have done that, you should be able to boot to the XP CD and install XP. Caution, make sure you have already downloaded and saved the XP drivers for this model system, before you do the XP install. Some vista systems do not have drivers for XP or have FIRMWARE issues with rolling back the OS on some devices (Dell bluetooth 360 is one)

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Inser that vista disk into cd/dvd rom then when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 del or ALT+F2 key to enter in bios.
Then go to boot menu and set first boot device as cd /dvd rom then save settings and exit from bios.
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You need a windows Vista disc. Insert the disc and follow the prompts. I would format the hard drive instead of upgrading do a new install. The best way would be to go into your bios and make sure the boot device order has the cd-rom booting before the hard drive. Then put the disc in and start the computer, when it says press any key to boot from cd hit any key and let it load and then follow the prompts to install.

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You will need to purchase a CD with XP (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=672&srkey=windows%20xp) unless your computer came with a free downgrade. If it did, then follow the instrucations that came with it.

Please note that buying and installing XP will reformat your hard drive and you will lose everything, including both personal files and Vista.

If you want to dual boot, check out this website:
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You can try and downgrade but you might lose some functionality. I downgraded my Vista Gateway laptop to XP but had to spend a lot of time tracking down drivers that would work correctly.

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Since you have a newer laptop your hard drive uses sata drivers which the XP cd doesn't have built-in.

Let me know if you get stuck or have anymore questions.

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1)You'll need to go to your laptop manufacturer's website and download any drivers that you find for it.
2) Backup your data to dvd, cd or external drive
3) Insert the Windows CD in the tray and boot to the CD.
4) Proceed through the screens and until you're copy of XP is installed.
5)Reload your drivers
6)Reload your data

If you have any questions, please reply back anytime.

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Backup all your data to a CD, or an online storage device such as http://skydrive.live.com/ (50MB Max limit), or search on google for "free online storage". Put in the Vista CD and restart your computer. Press F8 before Windows XP starts to load. Follow the steps to install Windows Vista. When it asks you, reformat your hardrive. WARNING: REFORMATING WILL ERASE ALL YOUR DATA, SO MAKE SURE YOU BACK UP YOUR IMPORTANT DATA BEFORE. You will then have a clean install of Vista which will allow your computer to run much faster. From there, you can restore/download your files that you backed up.

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