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How to replace Windows Vista with Windows XP?

My Gateway LT3103u 11.6" netbook came with Vista and I would like to replace it with Win XP. What is the least expensive way to do it? I have all my files backed up.

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Have a look here
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buy a broken laptop

The cheapest way to get your hands on a legal winxp copy, is to go on ebay. Buy yourself a broken laptop for cheap (ie no more than $100). ensure it came with a sticker at the bottom by asking the seller if its there and the windows key codes are clearly visible.

Once u have it, Install away on on your current laptop, removing the windows sticker from the old laptop CAREFULLY, keep it in a safe place, and donate the broken laptop to the salvation army Happy

You may need to call Microsoft to activate the key for you.

Good Luck.

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Sadly not true.

The question about OEM XP or pre-installed Windows licenses is this.

-> The oem license dies with the machine and is not transferable.

More at and some other hundred places.

I'm calling this post bad advice since it would be a waste of the OP's money.

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Full version of XP

You would need to purchase a full retail copy of Microsoft XP (not an OEM copy that is tied to another computer), but since they are no longer in production by Microsoft, it will be hard to get your hands a full, genuine version of XP. Also, make sure you always puchase from a Microsoft Partner or reputable retailer in order to ensure that you get a genuine copy of Windows.

Why not try Windows 7 instead? It is the new OS and has better features and more support available than XP?


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Also, your Gateway Netbook may not come with drivers for Windows XP (since it is an older OS than Vista). If this is the case, you would not be able to move back to XP. Check Gateway support site for driver availability.


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That's the conclusion I've come to after reading the suggestions offered. Windows 7 is the way to go.

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Good decision!

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