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Reverting to old windows

by Tom9590 / March 19, 2007 2:55 AM PDT

hi, I have windows XP Pro installed on my laptop but I am not happy with it and I would like to revert to my old windows XP, however the computer does not let me install my basic windows XP again as it says that Pro is newer. So please can someone tell me how I can un-install XP Pro and reinstall XP?

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I am confused
by meisinscotland / March 19, 2007 3:00 AM PDT

Are you talking about the sort of generic version of XP that came before the division of Home and Pro? Was it called Office Edition?

And unless your installation was an "upgrade" you will not get it back unless you have the original CDs.

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Sadly all that is supported is..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 19, 2007 3:01 AM PDT

A parallel install and only then if you have the full XP retail CD. What comes with most machines are restore CDs which denies any known method to roll back to the other XP and save your files.

-> Given so few details I'll just plow ahead with what to do next.

1. Backup your email and files.
2. Record any installed software activation keys (try Belarc Advisor).
3. Now that we're ready, just follow the maker's install notes on how to restore the machine.

Bob

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