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I Bought a Vaio computer with Windows 7 and installed. I would like to install Windows XP, how can I do it?

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Go to BIOS Setup, and in Boot Options change the first boot device to CDROM.
Windows doesn't like to have the same version written over it, or a lesser version written over it..
Forcing the computer to boot from the optical drive, (CD/DVD drive), corrects this.

What is the model number?

Posted on Nov 09, 2010

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I would buy XP Pro, (ebay or a software house) and place the new system disk in the DVD drive. When the menu displays that it cannot install an older system on a newer system, click OK and the option to format your drive will apear. (If you don't get that choice, load win 7 again and format a CD with the system on it plus the format command, (click start, search "format")). Format the drive and follow the instructions on the XP disk.
Download all of the drivers that you need, from the Sony web site and when done, XP on a Vaio.
Hope that helps.

Posted on Nov 09, 2010

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