I would like to take a vista based desktop and and put winxppro on it. is it just as simple as erasing the hd and reinstalling it with pro, or does the bios have to be flashed, or do i have to get a new hd? can you give me an idea on how you would do it? thanks
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Perform a backup of all your data to an external hard drive.Do a clean install of XP, erasing Vista.Re-install your programs, and then restore your files from the backup. It used to be much harder, but now you can do it easily. Also, if you have Vista Professional, I believe you can just put in the XP disk and it will give you options for ez downgrade back to XP pro
You can't do that, it just won't work. A hard drive with XP installed on it will be unrecognizable to a PC with vista already installed on it. You can either backup your XP drive by putting it into a compatible XP computer. Or you can buy on of these, which are handy. This let's you get the data to your new PC thru a USB connection.
Dell Dimension 4550 Drivers From the above link you can download the required drivers. There are two drivers available for Broadcom and Intel. I suggested try the Intel Drivers (as your system may be having the Intel based Ethernet) To PCI communication Controller (Modem) you have to install the Modem Drivers Trt Eicon (recommended) Or broadcom conaxant etc
When the computer first starts up, try tapping over and over the F2 key, or the Delete key. This will bring up the setup screen. Once you get into the setup screen, find the place where it lists all the devices for booting up the computer. Make sure you select the CD ROM as the first boot device. Save the changes, put the recovery CD in the drive, and let the computer start up. Follow the instructions on the screen carefully, and you should have no problems from there. After the operating system is installed, you will have to install all the drivers for your system.
If you don't need any files currently on the computer, boot from your Windows XP disc, have it delete the current partition and then format the new partition, and install windows XP. Note: this will delete anything you currently have on the computer at this time!
try http://www.recuva.com/ ONLY if you just erased. if you started to write data to it then you should try the more advance scanner for HD recovery. do not bother if you started to put files on the drive.
EVERESTHOME My world and welcome to it. run the program you will find your self relying on google a lot. first thing if win xp doesn't recognize network drivers download those first just to plug in and go. under motherboard click on the + sign click on chip sets
northbridge= USB ROOT HUBS and Video Controllers
Southbridge= Audio chips and controllers
one by one define the devices you have and google the **** out of it. or save the report and e-mail to me and I'll hook you up.
when you cleaned the HD you did eraser some of the software that was on the hardrive that is need to do the Quick restore and know the only way to fix this is to installe a new copy of windows and look up the drivers for the motherboard.