Downgrade my Toshiba from Vista Home Premium to Windows XP Pro
I have just been having too many issues with my software, many of them don't have fixes for Vista, some had fixes and don't offer them any more because they didn't work. My machines can't seem to remember settings for some of my programs and 6 our of every 10 start-ups I get a message that a program has started a thread that belongs to another program, etc, etc, you must used Launch repair (or something like that) to fix it or ty starting windows normally. Of course if ou try that, it never works, but then neither does the Launch Repair more times that it does. Registry is always saying to delete all temporary files, that fixes things for a little while. I could go on "ad-nauseum". I understand that doing the down-grade can cause some of the hardware to stop working but I also understand that other, XP software can be downloaded to fix the Wireless and th Web Cam, etc.
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Re: Downgrade my Toshiba from Vista Home Premium to...
You are correct... and for some, doing the downgrade to XP works out great... You can get the drivers you need from the web... it is best to get them before you do the downgrade/save em to a cd or flash drive... that way you're ready to load em immediately after XP install
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Its a driver incompatibility issue. Many hardware components designed for Vista are incompatible with XP. This means that the Realtek audio driver may be the Vista version. Also, some hardware has of yet no XP drivers, so your audio components were designed for Vista only. While it may be possible to "force" the driver to work, it may involve a number of hacks to the Windows registry and other files.
what is the error message that you're getting.. usually windows vista will not downgrade your operating system to windows xp. You may need to remove vista before you can load xp.
make sure to save a back up of all of your important files before you do that.
Yes you can downgrade it to windows xp. go to toshiba website www.toshiba.com and from there you can download the drivers for Windows XP. befor installing Windows XP please download the Network driver and save it on a CD or any other driver. Then install Windows XP. Install the network drivers, connect to the internet and install the other drivers required.
Let's start by not calling it a downgrade, Vista hasn't proven itself to be an upgrade yet.
I have litterally done hundreds of Vista to XP swaps at my shop. Don't be affraid to do an XP reload, manufacturers have realized the mistake of not offering XP drivers for thier hardware and now have them on thier site. Out of the machines I've reloaded with XP, I've only run into a couple of Acers that I had to break down to get the info from a video or sound card. You shouldn't have any problem loading it yourself.