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Yes you will have to format your drive and remove partitions, then create new partitions and add a boot up option menu. Then when you power on your computer it will ask if you want to boot Windows 7, or Windows XP. You will have to have both copies of Windows also your restore partition can't do this.
Do you mean you are running a dual boot system? Meaning that you can boot to Win7 or Win XP? If you boot in XP then you will have to manually have to install sound card driver. Really need more details to be able to help you better.
unless you wish to dual boot the WIndows versions ...
'you will need to place the windows XP CD, boot from this CD and format your Hard Disk and then install windows xp.
make sure you have the windows xp licence key as the WIndows vista licence is not valid for windows xp.
last but foremost .. I strongly suggest you download the three key drivers from your manufacturer for 1) Sound Card. 2) Video Card 3) Network Card and have them available after windows is installed.
As Windows does not detect all drivers for your computer.
Then install either your current preference of Antivirus software or use AVAST (www.avast.com) which is freely available.
check your vendors website to confirm that there is drivers for your make and model laptop or pc.
good luck ... hope this helps...
Go to the IBM WEB site to their support/download page and download the XP versions of the drivers you need for your model laptop.
You will need to do this from another conputer that is connected to the Internet.
There's probably a problem with your display drivers in XP. Try booting in Safe Mode (F8 on startup). Now your display should work. If you boot in safe mode with networking, you can visit the graphics-card manufacturer's website and download the latest drivers. After installing these, try rebooting normally...