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Re: vista back to xp
The best way is to simply format your hard disk drive (HDD) and re-install your XP software. Do you need instructions on how to do that, or did you expect there to be a simple shortcut with Vista? Unless you installed Vista onto a separate HDD, you're going to have to format the disk. Make sure you make back-up copies of any files you need to keep before you format, because after you do that it can't be un-done (at least not without a great deal of trouble, risking long hours of recovery and loss of most if not all of the files you're after).
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Congratulations on this wise decision!
Unfortunately there is (to my knowledge) a way to 'downgrade' from Vista to XP.
All you can do is backup what you need and do a clean install.
If you have a laptop you MUST find the XP drivers for that laptop through the manufacturer.
If you don't have those drivers there is no guarantee that it will function properly if at all.
My highest suggestion is that you would be wise to get a Windows 7 upgrade disc. That will simplify a lot of things for you. If you NEED to run XP (for some specific software needs) then you can always run it from a Virtual Machine. You can find one I believe free to use after registration with VMWare.
You can find that download on THIS page.
To reformat the windows vista.There are two options to approach the reformat:
Option #1: Boot from the Windows Vista DVD. This is more complicated to do, but it destroys all data and partitions.
Option #2: Re-install Vista without leaving the desktop. This preserves the previous installation in a folder called Windows.old. Not all info is wiped, however, and you can't destroy your partitions.
First, restart your system. When the computer starts to boot, look for an option before you get to the Windows screen that reads: “Setup” “CMOS,” or “Bios”. This varies between manufacturers. For example, on the boot screen, it says: “F2 =Setup”. The option will flash by quickly so be ready for it and react quickly. You may need to reboot a few times to catch it. Once in the BIOS, look for a setting that says "Boot" or "Boot Sequence". You might have to dig through the menus with your keyboard’s arrow keys to locate the setting. In the listed as Boot Sequence. And to navigate to Startup, then Boot, and then Boot Priority Setting. When you find the setting, change your DVD drive so that it occupies the top of the list. The hard drive that contains Windows Vista should be listed as second in the boot list. And put the Windows Vista installation disc in the designated drive. Now, select the Save Changes and Exit option in the BIOS. The computer will restart and will attempt to read the optical drive you just assigned as the first bootable drive. The system will use the Windows Vista disc to boot and the reformat and reinstall process will start. But You will need to reinstall any programs that are not bundled with Windows Vista and reinstate your preferences and personal files after reformatting the computer and reinstalling Vista. Windows Vista Home Premium Edition upgrade Click here.This downloadable version of Windows Vista is an upgrade only. Users can upgrade to Windows Vista Home Premium from Windows XP Home or Windows Media Center edition.
Sometimes you're better off to uninstall the old OS, and then install the upgrade. If you have files to save, store them on removable media, then format the drive, then install the upgrade. During the process, it will ask for the VISTA product key, and the windows 7 product key
Check the programs that vista says it can not update. They may be incompatible with Vista. You can find this out by running the Windows Vista upgrade advisor available for free at microsoft.com. If you really want Vista & can do without the offending programs you can uninstall them & then run the upgrade. Hope this helps & please remember to rate my answer. Thanks.