You can't perform a traditional "upgrade" install of Windows 7 to a Windows XP computer.. It requires formatting of the hard drive (which wipes everything from the drive), then a clean install of the new operating system, all drivers, and any programs that you want to reinstall to the new operating system..
In your case, it's not clear where you are at this point.. Simply "downloading" the Win7 operating system from the Microsoft Store, will only place a new file on your computer, although it will be very large.. Part of downloading the large file to your computer involves installing the Microsoft Store Download Manager" simply so it can download the large file to your computer.. It doesn't install the new operating system. It doesn't remove XP from the hard drive.. In order to install Windows 7 to the machine, you'll need to burn the Win7 operating system file to a DVD disc, then run the disc to format the drive and install the new operating system.
Have you done all that? If you haven't, then you can't go backwards to find your old XP system and its files.. Where EXACTLY are you at this point?
Hope this helps.
I have windows xp and through my ignorance tried to download and install "Windows 7"
I purchased "Windows 7", so used my unlock key and downloaded it. Now I am stuck because I didn't know I needed to save my files, etc., and do a custom installation. I am not capable of that.
Now I just want my Windows XP back in good working order. Does anyone know if I have to uninstall my download of Windows 7? I know how to go to "Add or Remove Programs", but don't know what to remove.
Under "Add or Remove Programs" there is a lot of "Microsoft" stuff. The only thing with yesterdays date (which is when I did the download) seems to be "Microsoft Store Download Manager". Can I just remove that, or should I just leave everything alone.
I am very worried that I have damaged my computer and just pray I can get things back as they were.
Can anyone help me. I need easy to understand directions because I am quite computer illiterate.