Downgrading from vista ultamate to XP w/media center

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Aaron D, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. Aaron D

    Aaron D Guest

    How can I downgrade to xp but still save my files. No formating. Not happy
    with vista cause none of my devices work with vista. Most of the dont have
    updated vista drivers that even exist yet. Please help...............
     
    Aaron D, Jun 6, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    1 Did you buy vista pre-installed?
    2 What version of vista? Some OEM manufacturer's may downgrade above
    business version.
    3 Or did you upgrade a computer from XP to Vista.

    How do YOU expect help, when you can't be bothered giving any help to the
    people that come here for FREE to help YOU!

    GO AWAY!
     
    Mick Murphy, Jun 6, 2008
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  3. Sorry, not possible.
     
    Richard G. Harper, Jun 6, 2008
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  4. You may have no choice, depending upon how you installed Vista.

    If you upgraded to Vista from WinXP, and retained the Windows.Old
    folder:

    How to go back to Windows XP after you have upgraded a Windows XP-based
    computer to Windows Vista
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933170/en-us

    How to restore a computer to a previous Windows installation after you
    install Windows Vista
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933168/en-us

    Otherwise:

    After backing up any data you wish to transfer to the new OS
    installation, simply boot from the WinXP installation CD. You'll be
    offered the opportunity to delete, create, and format partitions as part
    of the installation process. (You may need to re-arrange the order of
    boot devices in the PC's BIOS to boot from the CD.)

    HOW TO Install Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;316941

    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm



    Any particular reason you upgraded to Vista without checking for your
    hardware's compatibility and the availability of drivers first? After
    all, that is the normal first step when considering any change of
    operating systems.


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    Bruce Chambers, Jun 6, 2008
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