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Can I change OS from Vista to XP?

by TJRatfink / May 7, 2007 3:28 PM PDT

I'm in the market for a new desktop but don't like that I'm forced to have Vista as my OS in it. Seeing as how the selsction of (new) machines with XP is basically nonexistent, can I change the OS to XP with minimal trouble? After reading and hearing all the horror stories, I'd prefer to wait until Vista has all the bugs worked out before going that route.

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Yes, but...
by John.Wilkinson / May 7, 2007 3:33 PM PDT

Three things to note:

1.) You'll have to purchase a copy of XP yourself.

2.) Be sure to burn the manufacturer's system recovery DVDs before installing XP so that you can reinstall Vista down the road.

3.) Be sure to install XP before setting up the computer as any files and settings will be lost in the installation process.

You can click here for a step-by-step guide.

Hope this helps,
John

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Changing of Operating system from Vista to XP
by Zygen_01 / September 18, 2009 6:57 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes, but...

Sir, in changing a operating system of a computer, do I still need the Vista Operating system CD?

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See item 2.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2009 9:25 PM PDT

That advice is given since many fail to get XP working. This gives you a chance to go back.
Bob

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getting xp on new computer
by glennlee / May 7, 2007 3:46 PM PDT

Dell will sell you a new computer with XP installed. They are primarily aiming these computers at businesses reluctant to move up to Vista, but I am sure they would be happy to sell you one. This is a whole lot easier than trying to uninstall Vista from a new computer, the install XP, and all the necessary drivers.

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would have to agree
by mark04276 / May 7, 2007 10:46 PM PDT

if you are buying a new one, demand you want XP on it or you aint going to buy it.

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Yes you can chage your OS from Vista to XP
by frixter2000 / June 5, 2010 4:55 AM PDT

I also encountered problem regarding installing Windows XP on my laptop that has been pre-installed with Windows Vista starter.

Click here for the solution: Change OS from Windows Vista to XP

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