Is it possible to have a computer set up so that Vista can be removed and XP be installed? We have bought a new computer and would prefer to go back to Windows XP. Any help and advice would be appreciated.
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Re: XP and Vista
If you have the installer of windows xp you can change the vista to xp. First check if the booting options is set to cd/dvd boot. In the cmos setup change the booting option from hdd to cd or dvd. Then insert the xp installer to the cd in follow the setup instruction
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If your vista is active it will not let you format the drive to install windows XP
you have to shut down the computer , put the XP CD in the cd drive and start FROM THE CD,
at this point you will follow the Xp installation Instruction and come to a page where you will have the possibility to format the partition where vista is installed,
Note, you should look for ALL rhe XP driver of you computer model BEFORE you do this sometimes a computer sold wit Windows Vista do not have any XP driver for all the peripheral installed in that computer
First changing computer opering systems is possible. A new Vista operating system has to be acquire from retails usually $200 value pack. Attempting the install new operating systems is achievable only may require expert to ascertian whether the old would have to be deleted to make way for new. usually inserting the new disk into disk drive should capture new effects. Unless any peculair encounters were experieced, the installation change is achievale. The reason to allow technicain to perform the changes is to gurantee againts any situations that may occur least repairable by computer neophyte. estimate the program changes of $200 to acquire new system program and technicains experts installation may have raised costs. Installations of systems are usually same rates $49. Several options available to acquriing computers that has XP systems. Recent computers are windows 7. However, the used devices computer retails may have functioning computers with XP systems. Also, simple, acquire another computer system unit that performs on windows XP to be pluged into the monitor screen to attain experinces. Whenever required, the computer sytem unit with XP is interchaged with the computer with Windows Vista. Ironicly, i have a computer with Vista and would also need to convert to XP though experiecing cost conditions. Consider exchanging computers with me.
You can install both wista and xp in the same computer, better for this to create new partition (resize ild one and free some space and create partition in its place) then install XP created partition (partition create is possible professional tools paragon partition manager, norton partition magic or other).
afrer restart only XP works, then insert VISTA install cd and "fix boot"
Here is brief discussion about this VISTA>XP or XP>VISTA.
Take care of drivers may some of them dont be created for XP if your pc is super new.
If you would like to start up in the xp ,At computer start up hit F1 or F2 there are so many ways some times its hold the del key ,once your into the BIOS you can change the boot order of your drives to make the drive xp is on load first .You will have to do this everytime or buy a program that will do it for you .I would just leave the power unpluged on one of the drives until you need it that way it will be safe from a virus or if you have a hard drive crash you always have one good drive .Hops this helps.
Put your window XP disk into the Disk drive. Start up your computer. When it asks you what Drive you want to install it on select C:\ (where Vista is) Say yes to deleting the current Operating System and follow the instructions from there.
You did say you wanted to Uninstall Vista!
If you mean Dual Boot Vista and XP, then you will need to create a Logical Partition of about 10 Gb to install XP on and when asked where to install select this partition. But note that XP will wipe the Boot sector clean of all other Operating Systems which means that if you want to Dual boot then you will have to reinstall Vista again to get Dual Boot functionality.
If you have installed vista as a multiboot sytem, then you can do the below: Otherwise you have to do as tom19511 said:
Uninstall Windows Vista on a multiboot system
Applies to all editions of Windows Vista.
You cannot uninstall Windows Vista. However, you can change the code that starts the operating system (often called the master boot code), and then remove Windows Vista from your multiboot system and return to Windows XP or Windows 2000. You will need your Windows Vista installation disc for this procedure.
Before you begin, back up your programs, files, and settings. Removing Windows Vista is an advanced procedure that could result in losing information stored on your computer. For information about backing up data, search Help and Support for "back up."
1) Insert the Windows Vista installation disc.
2) Click the Start button , click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
3) Type [DVD drive letter]:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force and then press ENTER.
For example, if the DVD drive letter is F, type f:\boot\ bootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force.
4) Eject the Windows Vista installation disc.
5) Restart your computer.
Your computer will start in the previous version of Windows that you have installed.
6) Delete Windows Vista files and folders, such as the Program Files, Users, and Windows folders, manually.
Note: You can also remove Windows Vista by reformatting the partition where it is installed, but do this only if that partition is not the boot partition. Reformatting the boot partition might make your computer unable to start.