There is, unfortunately, no way to revert to XP and leave everything else intact. Thus, you'll need to backup all of your personal files and start fresh, reinstalling everything from scratch. I believe the T5010 lets you press F11 during boot to launch the system recovery wizard directly from the partition since you didn't burn the CDs from within XP, though.
Ok, I usually research and find my answers. I look until my eyes pop out of my head. This time, I have spend too much time looking for answers and I am fed up. Here is the problem...
I have an emachines T5010. It came with windows xp home edition and other things. It also has a recovery partition that I have no idea how to use or get to.
I recently..Thursday morning...upgraded to vista ultimate. I did the stupid vista advisor and it came back saying that I would need to update some drivers, but no big deal and I could update to vista. So I put the vista update ultimate in. I did the update, not clean install. Ever since, other than the normal "finding new drivers problem" I have battled with several updates not installing. One being the Net. framework version 1.1 service pack one. I even did the one method of trying uninstall the version and wiping it clean and reinstalling, but it would nerver uninstall the net.framework versions. It is still sitting in my programs list after trying to uninstall it three times. I'm done. I want my xp back. I'm not really new to all this. I always find an answer, this time though...vista has me beat.
My question is....what is the easiest way of getting my xp back. I don't have a restore cd, but I have a restore partition that I have no idea how to access because I have never dealt with something like that before. I don't want to reformat the drive if I can help it. What I do have, other than the restore partition, is a xp professional cd...it didn't come with the computer because the computer used home edition. Is it possible to put my computer back to the way it was before vista without losing any programs or files and how do I do it? The easiest way possible....then again I am pretty sure I am going to get an answer that won't be easy. I think I will have to wipe the drive clean...but I am so hoping that someone knows something I don't.
Let me know, sorry so long. I really appriciate any help.