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Is it possible to downgrade from vista to XP?

by semihdurmus / February 15, 2007 6:38 AM PST

I just got a toshiba satellite laptop vista on it. It looks extremely slow. Starting takes 2 min and shutting down takes 3 min. Activate explorer takes 30 sec. Specifications of the laptop is 1.6GHZ duo with 512 MB ram. It looks it needed at least 1GB or more memeory. Any info about downgrade from vista to XP? I do not think it is gonna be changed when I put 1GB ram into the laptop.

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by John.Wilkinson / February 15, 2007 7:02 AM PST

If you want to go back to Windows XP you must purchase a copy and perform a clean installation of it, which will erase the installation of Windows Vista along with any files and settings you may have created. If you go this route, be sure to backup everything you hold dear before proceeding.


P.S. Have you tried contacting Toshiba to complain, or disabling unnecessary startup items?

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by terryparker / February 15, 2007 9:08 AM PST

I totally agree with John. However I believe that installing an extra 512mb RAM (total 1GB RAM) will help. If you don't want to do that then do as John suggested.

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Call the customer service number listed on the Toshiba site.
by blysta / February 17, 2007 6:37 AM PST

We called today with the same problem...slow and crashing programs left and right. They gave us an authorization code to have a local shop downgrade our computer to XP for free. Upgrading the RAM to 2 gigs made the computer faster but that just gave it that many more opportunities to crash...won't work with Flash 9 either...had to reformat after installing! We also installed all of Toshiba's updates for dealing with Vista...still no joy.

Good Luck!

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Same boat
by plevine1 / February 24, 2007 10:20 PM PST

I just bought a Satellite P105 with Vista. I HATE VISTA. I reformatted and installed XP pro but when I went to Toshiba's site for drivers they would only support Vista. They suggested I try drivers from other models.

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