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Installing XP over preinstalled Vista

Dear All,
I have a recent Toshiba Satellite Pro L40, with dual pentium T2130, 1.5G RAM and 60G SATA HDD. I would like to remove the preinstalled Vista Home Basic and install Win XP. Please can you talk me through the process (or direct me to existing advice) in simple steps as I've been told that retaining or reinstalling the correct drivers is pretty crucial with Vista laptops.
Many thanks for your help.
Sincerely, Geoff.

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  • maximus73 Feb 10, 2009

    Im sick of the Vista on my Laptop I need help on istaling Xp if any one can help me that would be great. thanks

    max
    makcnmka05@yahoo.com

  • Frank
    Frank May 11, 2010

    I would like to mention that removing Vista might void the manufacture’s warranty.

    You might look into dual booting if you want to be safe.

    I would read this and follow the links.
    http://www.labnol.org/software/tutorials...

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You can simply boot the system using XP CD and can format the current os and install XP. but, before you do that check whether the proper driver files are available for the XP for your system. Note that if you still have warranty for your system it is not advisable to do that. It will break the warranty.

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I would like to mention that removing Vista might void the manufacture’s warranty.
You might look into dual booting if you want to be safe.
I would read this and follow the links.
http://www.labnol.org/software/tutorials/dual-boot-pre-install-windows-xp-vista/1883/

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You can Install XP simply by inserting the Installation Disk and running the Install Program. When asked where you want to install it select C:\ and let it remove the existing Operating System.

PeepnLklown is correct that this MAY void your Warranty so check this out first. If this is not a problem, install XP as described.

As regards the Drivers, it is IMPORTANT to have the correct Drivers FOR THE OPERATIING SYSTEM INSTALLED, all your devices should have XP drivers listed on the Manufacturers sites - so Identify the components and download the drivers from the manufacturers site (this may not be Toshiba) before you install XP (to make sure that you will have the XP Drivers for the devices).

To identify the Devices - open Device Manager (If I remeber correctly this can be found in Control Centre under Administrative Tools) and open each of the devices which will display the manufacturer and model number of each device. Write these down and do a Google search with the following string:

(brand Name) (Model number) +driver

This should take you to the manufacturers Support site where you can download drivers. Check to see that XP is listed as one of the Operating Systems. Download the Driver and (when you have them all) burn them to a disk.

Install XP and when asked for the drivers, direct it to the disk you have burned to find the drivers. The DVD Burner may need to be searched for on the Internet (after you have Installed XP) before you can use this device to read the Disk.

Good luck.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008

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