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by jhcool1959 / May 12, 2009 8:23 AM PDT

I bought a laptop w/vista home pre-installed. Is there a way to downgrade to XP home? I see upgrade versions from 98 & ME to XP
but nothing downward.

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by John.Wilkinson / May 12, 2009 8:58 AM PDT
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There is no way of downgrading Windows, so a clean install (wipe everything and start from scratch) is necessary. In addition, the Home editions do not qualify for free downgrade rights, so you would have to purchase your own license for Windows XP. Thus, unless the manufacturer offers a free downgrade you are looking at purchasing a new license at full price.


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by Jimmy Greystone / May 12, 2009 11:53 PM PDT
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In addition to what John said, if you just bought a new system, the odds of there being XP drivers is very low, and that would make your experience with XP poor at best.

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It is possible.
by shakethebabyass / May 13, 2009 10:25 AM PDT
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Of course it is possible but as mentioned with other posters, The risk kinda outweigh the benefits.

Downgrading to an older OS usually cancels out your warranty that you may have with the manufacturer or store in which you purchased.

As well as the drivers search nightmare you will most likely encounter.

However, it can be done with some luck of supported drivers. I downgraded my gateway desktop and had 1 problem and that was with a printer and it was no big deal.

*Do not expect to get support with the computer if you do install a downgrade. They will not help you at all.

You can write zeros to the hard drive which will completly destroy everything you have installed on the hard drive and then install the version of xp you want.

If the xp disk is for upgrade only... there are work arounds for that but I will not post any links here.

Good Luck.

Vista isnt that bad anymore, it takes some getting used to but pretty much all bugs are gone now.

Maybe you should give Windows 7 RC a try?!


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It does NOT void your warranty...
by John.Wilkinson / May 13, 2009 10:31 AM PDT
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"Downgrading to an older OS usually cancels out your warranty that you may have with the manufacturer or store in which you purchased."
-> That's not true. The manufacturer will not assist with the installation process or any problems that arise within the unsupported operating system environment, but the warranty is still valid; should a hardware component fail, you can still have it repaired/replaced under the warranty, and they will still assist with any problems involving the original operating system.

"Of course it is possible"
-> Since it requires a purchase of the operating system at full price and a clean installation, it does not qualify as a "downgrade," just as replacing OS X on an iMac with Windows Vista is not a downgrade. It is just a regular installation on a computer with no operating system.


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by shakethebabyass / May 13, 2009 10:55 AM PDT

Excuse me if I am wrong.

I have been told from Dell and Gateway that if I downgrade to xp they will not honor my warranty.. did I get screwed?!

That does make sense, software shouldnt have anything to do with the hardware.


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Only regarding the operating system..
by John.Wilkinson / May 13, 2009 11:50 AM PDT
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Both HP and Dell do honor the warranty after downgrading; they just will not assist with software/driver issues unless/until you choose to return to the officially-supported operating system.


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