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Vista vs XP

Hi tom19511! I want to get a new CPU but they all come with Vista. Is it fairly easy to uninstall the Vista and replace with XP? Thanks!

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As a general rule, Win XP is a better choice for most uses compared to Vista. This is particularly true for users already familiar with XP. It is less so for people completely new to computers (there must be a few of these?). However, installing XP on a computer that came with Vista is not easy for most users. Most manufactures seem to go out of their way to make the task difficult. For example, if you go to most of the manufactures web sites and search for XP motherboard drivers for your model, you will find only Vista. If you call their tech support you are likely to be told that your hardware is designed for Vista and is not compatible with XP. This is ridiculous! I have converted many computers to XP from most of the big makers and never had significant trouble making everything work. The trick is discovering the chip sets used on the motherboard for the onboard functions (audio, video, Ethernet, etc.). Typically, the manufacture will not help. Nevertheless, I do suggest giving them a try. Ask for the actual maker of the motherboard and their model number. If your motherboard has an Intel processor, the Intel Chipset Identification Utility (found on Intel’s web site) can be of great help. Simply looking at the markings on the larger integrated circuits will often tell you what you need to know. After discovering the chip set types, Google these to find the drivers. If you only have the computer you will be converting, BE SURE to gather all your drivers and save them to a CD, DVD or Flash BEFORE installing XP. If you fail to do this, you may not be able to get on the Internet with XP because you do not have the required Ethernet driver. To install XP you will need ether a new disc or a legal disc from a previous (now not used) computer. Boot from the XP disc, delete all partitions, format with NTFS and complete the install of XP. After the computer boots into XP you will then need to install the previously collected motherboard drivers. I suggest that you stay clear of products like “DriverGenius”. These are generally of little help and sometime install improper drivers that generate serious problems. Final cautions: I have never encountered a modern motherboard that would not run properly on XP. I have never encountered a motherboard for which I could not find suitable XP drivers. However, this does not mean that such boards do not exist! Do your homework BEFORE installing XP. One more thing, there are a few companies still offering computers with XP installed. The best one that I have found is ZT Reliant, sold by Costco and other big box stores. Let’s all send a message to Microsoft to thank them for finally getting XP to work reliably. Ask them to continue support until Vista or its replacement actually is proven to work. For now, Vista should be withdrawn from the general market. If the XP development cycle is any indication it should only take another 5-8 years to fix Vista. I can wait!

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I wouldnt suggest changing. You may not find drivers for XP and your new Box.

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You can install the xp to your new cpu. do you have your existing WinXP?

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